C-Max seven-seater is 140mm longer and 110kg heavier than the five-seater
The centre seat of the second row can fold beneath one of the others
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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