The extra space in the Grand C-MAX immediately improves visibility, while the extra space for people and for storage means the larger model should appeal to growing families.
The Grand is longer, higher and heavier than the C-Max, though if anything the extra weight improves the ride quality and handling.
Grip into corners is excellent while body roll is minimal – the Grand C-MAX feeling like a much smaller car like the Focus on the road. There’s plenty of feedback through the steering wheel but ride comfort is high and inside the cabin is hushed and relaxed.
There are numerous petrol and diesel engines designed to appeal to different types of users, including 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engines that provide a blend of petrol-like performance and diesel-like fuel economy – and can be paired with the excellent Powershift semi-automatic gearbox.
Turbodiesel engines may be better for high-mileage users, with combined fuel economy reaching as high as 57.7mpg and CO2 as low as 129g/km.
Specification levels are simple, with only two choices available simplifying the range. Both are well-equipped, while the Grand C-MAX also gains the likes sliding doors and the two rear-most seats, over the normal C-MAX.
The middle seats in the middle row folds down to create a walk-through into the back row, while all five rear seats will fold flat to take extend luggage space to over 1,700 litres.
The space makes the Grand C-MAX a comfortable place to be, as does the extremely high quality of the interior. Soft-touch plastics are well put together and the car exudes a feel of quality and durability – the two features most look for in a large MPV.
Outside the Grand looks smart and sleek – nothing like the popular image of MPVs as stuffy, unwieldy cars.
The Ford Grand C-Max ticks all the boxes where it matters. It received a five-star safety rating from the EuroNCAP safety tests thanks to its use of electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control and airbags including front, side and curtain.
Two specification levels are available for the Grand C-Max, the entry-level Zetec trim and high-spec Titanium. As with all modern Ford models, they are generously equipped even in standard specification.
Air conditioning, power steering, ESP, Brake Assist and rear parking sensors are expected on technology-packed Ford cars, and there is no difference here with the Zetec trim.
However, Ford also throws in a sound system, its capless fuelling system to prevent misfuelling, allow wheels as standard on the Grand C-Max.
The Titanium trim is even more generous, with high levels of equipment inside and out, leaving the driver wanting for nothing.
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