Ford has a strong track record of making cars that are fun to drive regardless of how practical they are. They invented the idea of combining MPV space with engaging handling and the latest model to take on the baton is the Grand C-MAX which is the stretched 7-seat version of the C-MAX range.
The C-MAX is one of the sharpest looking MPVs around. The Grand C-MAX sacrifices a little but it is still a good-looking car and the alterations add to the practicality. With sliding rear doors it is easier to access the rear seats in tight spaces and the extra length ensures that there is still some luggage space.
The Grand C-MAX makes it into our 7-seat category by the skin of its teeth. Whilst it does have 7 seats, the middle one in the second row is narrower. However this allows a neat trick, as this seat folds up and is stored inside the right-hand seat providing an unimpeded walk through into the rear seats which makes access much easier.
Both the 123 bhp 1.6 litre unit and the 148 bhp 1.6 litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine achieve the same combined fuel economy. Given the extra performance we would recommend the Ecoboost if money allows but it is only available in Titanium specification which means there is a hefty premium.
Power comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine which produces a healthy 148 bhp and is 18% more efficient than the 2.0-litre engine it replaces. Sadly this engine isn't available in entry level Zetec trim so it is worth noting that the lower powered non-turbocharged version is nearly as efficient and a good deal cheaper.
The new MPV continues Ford’s run of producing practical cars which look good and drive well. Build and material quality are excellent and it has ingenious features which make everyday life easier. If you need to trade up to seven seats but want to keep the hatchback fun the Grand C-MAX is a great option.