Over the last three festive weeks, motoring Journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, has been telling us what the Ford Grand C-Max is like to live with. Now 2017’s here, he takes a moment to analyse the car a little more in depth.
I’ve never been a fan of multi-purpose vehicles – or MPVs as they’re known in motoring circles. But I can, hand on heart, say that the Ford Grand C-Max really has changed my mind. I’ve been living with the car for the past few weeks now, and it’s the perfect vehicle for my lifestyle.
When I say “my lifestyle”, I mean my kids’ lifestyle. I have very little social life now – as any parent of growing kids will understand. My ‘social life’ consists of running my offspring to their friends’ parties and to football or gymnastics practice. Rock ‘n’ roll! Yep, my days of burning around on a 955cc motorbike or in a two-seater sports car are behind me – for now, anyway. And that’s why my head is now ruling my heart when it comes to cars.
Ford’s Grand C-Max isn’t bad looking for a car that’s sole intention is to carry up to seven people safely and comfortably from A to B. It’s got all the things that make life easier. Things such as sliding rear doors that mean the children can get in or out without bashing the doors on walls or other cars. It’s amazing what pleases me these days. But it’s true – I hate it when other people ding my car with their door – I also hate scraping the paint off my own car. What’s more, the Grand C-Max is roomy inside, with a smart set-up that enables the centre chair in the second row to double over beneath one of the other seats, leaving a space to walk through.
I should add, the Grand C-Max Ford has loaned me is the Titanium X 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift. Basically, I’ve got the top of the range version, so it comes with all the bells and whistles. However, whether you get the entry level or the top level Grand C-Max, its function is the same – it’s a car that’ll hold lots of people. Granted, the third row of seats are tucked away for most of the time in the boot floor, and even though they’re really only for kids, they’re still very handy. There’s also a ‘normal’ Ford C-Max, which is a spacious five-seater – so don’t feel you have to go for the ‘Grand’ version. So far, we haven’t needed to use the third row, so the two spare seats have remained where they are. This is no bad thing, as without the third tier of seats in operation, the boot stays big. With the seats up, the load area is only good for about three bags of shopping, but with them down, you can cram loads in.
Standard equipment on the Ford Grand C-Max is generous. It includes Ford’s Quickclear windscreen, sports-style seats, air conditioning and DAB radio. Upgrade to the flagship Titanium X trim and you get a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, a partial leather interior, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, and keyless start and entry. There’s also Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with an easy-to-read eight-inch touchscreen. Oh, and there are two very handy cup holders for caffeine requirements!
Performance & Verdict
But the best thing, for me, is that the Grand C-Max is a surprisingly good drive. I say surprising because, remember, I was a man who used to dislike MPVs. The 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift model is smooth and has lots of low down shove. It works particularly well with the slick-changing six-speed automatic transmission. In fact, it doesn’t drive like a bus (I sort of thought it would) – it behaves just like a decent 2.0 litre turbo diesel car should. It holds the road well, feeling planted on motorways and through twisty sections of tarmac. It’s also got a kick to it, with the Titanium X 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift model able to achieve zero to 62mph in 10.7 seconds. It’s efficient, too, consistently doing mid to late 40s real-world mpg, so I’ve got to say, I’m seriously starting to wish I’d bought this car rather than having it on loan.
If the Ford Grand C-Max is beginning to tickle your fancy, why not get in touch with Perrys and take a test drive for yourself?
Pros ‘n’ Cons
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- Perceived Image X
- Max speed: 124 mph
- 0-62 mph: 10.7 secs
- Combined mpg: 56.5
- Engine: 1997cc 4-cylinder turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 150
- CO2: 129 g/km
- Price: £28,865