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Ford Grand C-MAX Review

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  • Launched in 2011
  • MPV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2011
  • Body type
    MPV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Compact and comfortable seven-seater

Best bits

  • Great to drive for an MPV
  • Well priced as a used buy
  • Useful sliding rear doors make it family friendly

Not so great

  • Pretty cramped in the third row
  • Fiddly folding seats can be frustrating
  • Underpowered petrol engines are best avoided

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Ford Grand C-MAX Exterior Front

Overall verdict

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Grand C-MAX is one of the smallest seven-seaters you can buy. It packs a lot of practicality into a car that's smaller and more nimble to drive than almost any of its rivals. As a diesel it's economical and has just enough pulling power, but despite some clever solutions, it's simply not as spacious as the best MPVs."

Ford Grand C-MAX Exterior Front

Just how useful is a pair of extra seats? That's the question posed by the Ford Grand C-MAX. It costs more than its five-seat sibling, but that money gets you sliding rear doors and a third row of small seats in the boot.


These occasional chairs will be a godsend for parents picking up their kids from birthday parties, or dropping off at weekend sports activities. You just pull them up from the boot floor and have room for seven on-board.


The trouble is that buyers looking for a car with seven seats also need a lot of space. The Grand C-MAX lets you carry lots of people or a load of luggage - just not at the same time - with all the seats up the boot is tiny. It's also not as roomy in the middle row as rivals such as the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer or Kia Carens.


Its boot is a useable shape, but falls short of the class leaders for carrying capacity. You'll have room for a buggy and several big bags, with no loading lip to negotiate, and you can either fold the rear seats away, or remove them entirely turning the car into a minivan, but this is a fiddly operation and they're really heavy.


What the Ford lacks in overall space though, it makes up for by being one of the best seven-seat family cars to drive, bar none. It's compact, has beautifully weighted controls, feeling nimble and composed on the road.


Every version has a brilliant ride, firm enough to control any body movements but supple enough to smooth out even the worst roads. It's equally comfortable on windy country lanes as it is cruising the motorway. The precise steering gives you real confidence behind the wheel. This is a car that feels like it's on your side.


Of the three engines offered, the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel is the best fit. It's pretty economical, quiet and smooth once you get it up to speed plus comes with the option of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. With 120PS it's slower than some MPVs, but has enough grunt to make fully-loaded family travel relaxing.


The 1.0-litre 125PS turbo petrol is a characterful engine that can work if you don't often travel with five in the car, but it needs to be pushed to extract its performance, hurting both refinement and its fuel economy.


Entry-level Zetec models are a bit basic, but Titanium trim offers almost everything you'll need, including rear parking sensors, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen and full smartphone compatibility with Android and Apple. It's a shame that the cabin's chaotic layout and so-so build quality is so far behind rivals from BMW and Volkswagen.


It's average crash safety performance (despite a good amount of standard protective kit) will also be a turn off for some buyers. It's great value - especially used - but a car that only suits those who rarely seat seven.


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Ford Grand C Max

1.5 TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • 2016
  • 29,778 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Ford Durham
  • Durham, DH11AU
Price:£9,000
HP: £244.97/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £244.97, Customer Deposit: £1,350.00, Total Deposit: £1,350.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,168.92, Total Amount Payable: £10,168.92, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%

Ford Grand C Max

1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium 5dr

  • 2017
  • 27,688 miles
  • Sandicliffe Ford Loughborough
  • Leicestershire, LE115HN
Price:£10,989
HP: £299.11/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £299.11, Customer Deposit: £1,648.00, Total Deposit: £1,648.35, Total Charge For Credit: £1,427.31, Total Amount Payable: £12,416.31, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.09%

Is the Ford Grand C-MAX right for you?

Where the normal C-MAX hovers somewhere between the practicality of a normal family hatch back and an estate car, it's bigger brother feels like a genuinely purpose-built family vehicle. 


The sliding rear doors, ability to rearrange the seating layout to suit your needs, and capacity to carry seven at once all make it great for buyers with two or three kids, who will sometimes need space for even more.

That said, families with older children or teenagers are likely to need more space, as balancing the legroom between the second and third rows can be a real challenge if you start trying to carry growing young adults.


Some buyers will love the Ford's relatively compact dimensions and the fact that it drives like a 'normal' car, where others are likely to become frustrated by its corresponding lack of boot space versus its MPV rivals. It's a car for people who want something that's not only practical and comfortable, but enjoyable to drive too.

What’s the best Grand C-MAX model/engine to choose?

The Grand C-MAX is bigger and heavier than its five-seat sibling, which makes the petrol models harder to recommend. Buyers keen to make the most of its decent load-carrying capacity or who will carry six often should go for the 1.5 TDCi diesel in Titanium trim. You get low(ish) running costs, plenty of kit, and it's good value.


The older 2.0-litre diesels were even punchier, but not as refined, and will be pricier to insure. If you can stomach the higher running costs though, then the extra pulling power does make it more effortless to drive.


We'd also advise going for the post-2015 facelift model if your budget allows. It's not only prettier to look at, but the interior is much better finished and laid out, which will make a big difference to everyday usability.


If you don't plan on many long haul trips then the 125 PS 1.0-litre petrol is a characterful nippy engine, but don't expect it to be hugely economical. You need a heavy right foot to get it going, and this hurts efficiency.


What other cars are similar to the Ford Grand C-MAX?

For buyers who only need the versatility of seven seats on rare occasions - high days and holidays - then a Volkswagen Sharan, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer or Citroen Grand C4 Picasso match up very well to the Ford.


The Volkswagen has a wider engine range and more equipment as standard, while the Vauxhall and Citroen are both roomier where it counts. Still, only the Volkswagen has nifty sliding rear doors like the Grand C-MAX does.


If you want a premium MPV with a sporty driving experience, powerful engine range (and the option of four-wheel drive) then only the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer will suffice - if you can get past its challenging looks.


Keen to avoid diesel? The Toyota Prius+ is the only hybrid seven-seater than doesn't cost over £50,000. It's a mini-cab favourite but the 1.8-litre petrol engine and CVT gearbox get flustered when you're fully loaded. Finally, if you need seven seats for full-sized passengers, a Ford S-MAX or Galaxy will be best.


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Ford Grand C-MAX Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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