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Cool, compact Grand C-Max another Ford family favourite

17:45 21 August 2015

Practicality takes precedent over style with the seven-seat Ford Grand C-Max but it's still cool family transport.

Practicality takes precedent over style with the seven-seat Ford Grand C-Max but it's still cool family transport.

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If you want a compact seven-seater that’s good to drive, Ford’s revised Grand C-Max is a neat choice, says 
Matt Kimberley.

What’s new?

The C-Max, Ford of Europe’s third-best-selling model, has been brought into line with the One Ford programme, so there are new looks, new technologies and a simplified cabin.

This, the seven-seat Grand C-Max, has had the same upgrades. Smaller revisions have made their way in, too, like the reinstatement of a spare wheel instead of a tyre repair kit.

Ford Grand C-Max

Price: Ford Grand C-Max Titanium 2.0 TDCi 150PS manual, £24,495 (C-Max £18,195 to £26,145; Grand C-Max £20,295 to £27,615)

Engine: 2.0-litre, 150PS, four-cylinder turbo diesel

Transmission: Six-speed manual driving the front wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 9.8 seconds; top speed 125mph

MPG: 61 combined

C02 emissions: 119g/km

Looks and image

The Grand C-Max loses some of the five-seat version’s looks because of the higher roof line and metal channels for the sliding back doors. Practicality takes precedent over style here. Even so, this car’s image is on the ‘cool’ side of family transport. It looks great from most angles and places more emphasis on driver enjoyment than most compact seven-seaters do.

Space and practicality

Seven-seaters don’t come any smaller than this for a reason. Despite the brilliantly practical sliding rear doors things are rather cramped in the very back, so even kids might start to want more legroom after a few miles. The middle row slides forward but then that cuts down space for those in row two. If you’re travelling seven-up, it’s short distances or frequent stops.

The cabin has loads of convenient touches including a central bottle bin you can get your whole forearm into, a rack of adjustable grips to hold different sizes of can or bottle, a proper glovebox and plenty of connection ports for charging electronics.

Behind the wheel

You’re immediately aware of how pleasantly well connected it feels to the road – solidly engineered and good to drive without having to be driven fast.

You’ll also notice the new active safety systems – graphics blink away with readouts of your proximity to other cars, steering wheel vibrations warn you when you’re at the edge of your lane and beeps and flashing warnings alert you if the car thinks there is a risk of a collision.

Ford has good form on the driving front, and the seating position is spot-on. It’s easy to get on with the C-Max in both its body styles.

Value for money

Improved residual values will, says Ford, lead to cheaper personal contract purchase (PCP) finance contracts. The pricing structure centres around a core of likely volume-sellers between £21,000 and £25,000, making it a relatively affordable route into a well-specified seven-seater.

Who would buy one?

Clearly, families are target market. Generous parents with only two kids – but popular ones – will appreciate the ability to ferry extra young ones around when needed, and productive mums and dads with limited parking space at home will appreciate the Grand C-Max’s neat dimensions.

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