The new Ford Grand C Max is getting impressive reviews, the experts generally like it. This 7 Seater MPV is enjoyable to drive, won’t cost too much to run and has superb build quality throughout.
As you might have deduced from the name, the Ford Grand C Max is a C-Max… only bigger.
We’ll save you a second dose of size-related sarcasm, but suffice to say the Ford Grand C Max has a little more space inside than the regular car, liberating room for two child-size seats at the back, taking the total to 7. Sliding rear doors help access, and the interior uses high-quality materials. It’s a cleverly designed interior that’s well suited for family life.
Testers find the Ford Grand C Max slightly softer than the regular version. This gives it great ride comfort, yet it’s still a fun car to drive and body roll is kept in-check.
There’s plenty of choice here, from a basic, naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre petrol, to a powerful 1.6 EcoBoost turbo petrol and 140-horsepower, 2.0-litre diesel. The latter two both perform well, and the diesel easily beats 50mpg. Refinement is very good, overall. Testers say the basic 1.6 is a little underpowered.
Value for money
Ford isn’t the “stack ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap” maker it once was, and it’s now possible to find significantly cheaper rivals, like the Mazda 5. It’s also around £1,000 more than the equivalent normal Ford C-Max – so really think hard about whether you need those extra seats.
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to Ford family cars, so consider your needs carefully. Don’t need 7 seats? A regular C-Max is available. Need a little more space? Ford S-Max. Want to hear your voice echo? The huge Ford Galaxy.
The Ford Grand C Max is a very good car and a lot of fun to drive, but as some of the reviews point out – you can get similar elsewhere, including from Ford themselves, for less money. Still a recommended family car.
£19,325 – £24,025
40 – 57
Not for at least a few years yet
Engine to go for:
The 2.0 TDCi 140 is the best all-rounder
Engine to avoid:
The 1.25 petrol is a bit underpowered for such a big car
Options to go for:
The panorama sunroof makes the cabin nice and light
TDCi refers to diesel engines, Ecoboost to petrol engines