Ford looking to take it to the Max again

Ford Grand C Max
Ford Grand C Max

It was clear what the Ford C-MAX needed to really make it big in the compact MPV sector and that was seven seats.

With this oversight rectified, this Grand C-MAX model looks to offer a very complete proposition indeed. The family buyers it’s targeting are a demanding bunch, but the good looks, spacious cabin and eye-opening versatility it offers seems certain to convince a fair number of them.

One thing the original C-MAX was very good at was rewarding you once you’d dropped the kids off at school and were taking the twisty way into work. Settle into the raised ‘command bridge’ driving position with its high-mounted 6-speed gearshift and centre console and it’s very much business as usual. Thanks to taut chassis and clever control blade suspension, the Grand C-Max manages the difficult trick of being both supple over bumps yet stable through the bends. Pick of the range is the 1.6 TDCi diesel, offered with either 95 or 115PS, in which guise there’s up to 285Nm of torque, hence the prodigious braked towing capacity of 1200kgs.

That all of this has been delivered without compromising the driveability that marked out this car’s predecessor is truly impressive. Let’s be clear about this: dynamically, this car is streets ahead of its opposition. It’s true that it isn’t especially inexpensive and that the entry-level petrol unit could be stronger but that apart, this is a remarkably complete package. One that Ford may have taken their time in delivering, but one that’s been worth the wait.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Ford Grand C-Max

PRICES: £19,295 - £23,995

INSURANCE GROUP: 13-20

CO2 EMISSIONS: [2.0 TDCi 140] 134g/km

PERFORMANCE: [2.0 TDCi 140 ] 0-60mph 9.6s / top speed 125mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [2.0 TDCi 140 ] (urban) 44.1 (extra urban) 64.2 (combined) 55.4mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, seven airbags, Quickclear windscreen

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heightmm 4380/1828/1626.