From £19,550
Finally Ford puts seven seats in new, bigger C-Max variants in what could be the class leader

Our Verdict

The Ford Grand C-Max is a practical and small seven seat MPV that's offers a surprisingly entertaining drive

Steve Cropley Autocar
28 September 2010

What is it?

The C-Max seven-seater, 140mm longer and 110kg heavier than the five-seater. This one comes with the 138bhp 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine, driving through the optional six-speed dual-clutch Powershift gearbox

What’s it like?

It’s the version targeted at the US market, and within a mile of driving you know it.

The car is distinctly softer in the suspension than the shorter model; engineers say it’s as much to give the occupants of the third row a comfortable ride as to meet American tastes.

In fact, the rest of the car is very European, with identical interior and seat designs to the short-wheelbase model and VW levels of material quality and finish.

It is deceptively spacious, with sliding rear doors and a clever set-up that allows the centre seat of the second row to fold beneath one of the others, leaving a ‘walk-through’ space. Ford calls the model a ‘six-plus-one’ layout, rather than a simple seven-seater.

The engine is impressively smooth and refined, with typical turbodiesel torque from low down. It works especially well with the Powershift gearbox.

On the road, there’s little beyond the slightly more relaxed ride to choose between the Grand C-Max and the smaller C-Max.

They feel identical in steering precision and cornering grip, and you’re barely aware of its extra size and weight.

Should I buy one?

Ford’s decision to put seven seats in a new, bigger C-Max variant is a good one as this could well be the class leader.

Despite its billing, this is a European Ford; it’ll be fascinating to see how Americans like it.

Ford Grand C-Max Zetec 2.0 TDCi 140 Powershift

Price: £21,995; Top speed: 123mph; 0-62mph: 10.5sec; Economy: 48.7mpg (combined); CO2: 154g/km; Kerb weight: 1634kg; Engine: 4 cyls, 1997cc, turbodiesel; Power: 138bhp at 3750rpm; Torque: 236lb ft at 1750-2750rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd dual-clutch auto

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29 September 2010

Looks OK but like most of these if you load it up with seven passengers you end up with enough luggage space for a packet of Durex and a folding toothbrush

29 September 2010

So with Ford it's a "clever 6+1 layout" with a middle seat that folds in to the side seat. On the Mazda it's "too small to be comfortable" and isn't noteworthy in the car in which this seating "miracle" actually debuted... Autocar aren't the only one by the way - I've noticed that various sources wrote off the Mazda 5 as an "anomaly" with its seating layout, but have heaped praise upon the new Grand C-max for the same.

29 September 2010

Ford's ugliest car since the 1959 Anglia?

29 September 2010

[quote Autocar]It’s the version targeted at the US market, and within a mile of driving you know it.[/quote] What, with a diesel engine?

29 September 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]Looks OK but like most of these if you load it up with seven passengers you end up with enough luggage space for a packet of Durex and a folding toothbrush[/quote]

It's not a tardis, if you want more boot space buy a bigger car or perhaps a van.

29 September 2010

I like it. This will probably be our next family vehicle. I agree that there's not much luggage space with 7, but we are 5, so we can fold down half the rear seat and stash stuff there.

I also doubt we'll get the diesel in the US. Even if we did, diesel fuel is so expensive here there's no net savings from the extra mpg. I'm expecting the 2.0 gasoline ecoboost engine mated to the 6 spd dual clutch gearbox. I can't recall the stats right off, but I believe that 2.0 produces around 230 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, which should be spritely.

30 September 2010

[quote Will86]It's not a tardis, if you want more boot space buy a bigger car or perhaps a van.[/quote]

That wasn't my point. A four or five seater car or hatch generally has a fair bit of luggage room. What I am saying is that if you filled this with passengers and you all went to do a weekly grocery shop then you wouldn;t fit it all in the boot

30 September 2010

Choking on Cornflakes - £22,000 for a sqished people carrier......I'd rather have 2 x Ka + a tow rope.

30 September 2010

I dont get the pricing of Fords mpv's, looking at what car and comparing grand cmax smax and galaxy, all 115 tdci zetecs the prices are;

grand cmax £21,995

smax £21,945

galaxy £24,245

Seems odd that the grand cmax should be (slightly) more than the supposedly larger smax.

30 September 2010

[quote si73]Seems odd that the grand cmax should be (slightly) more than the supposedly larger smax.[/quote]

On the face of it does seem but the Grand C-MAX Zetec has a higher spec than the S-MAX Zetec.


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