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’s 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.
On the road the Ford doesn’t disappoint with accurate well-weighted steering and a well-sorted chassis. The 7-seat version has softer suspension than the five-seat C-MAX but even so it remains composed and playful. The 1.6 TDCi engine provides 199 lb.ft of torque and has a six-speed ‘box so it is easy to keep it on the boil.
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 Ford Grand C-MAX 1.6 TDCi Zetec is a great option.