The Ford Grand C-Max is one of the best handling cars in its class, yet the ride isn’t overly firm. Running costs are low, the seats are easy to fold and sliding rear doors make it easy to get kids in and out.
Some rivals are roomier, and the central seat in the middle row is narrow, so it’s only really suitable for short journeys. There’s also some wind noise at motorway speeds.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Of the engines we've tried in the Grand C-Max, our favourite is the 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel. It has all the strength you need, even when you're loaded up with passengers and luggage. It's so good, it renders the stronger 2.0-litre diesels a little redundant. The petrol options include two turbocharged 1.0-litre engines, but we haven't tried these yet.
Ride & Handling
The steering is light enough to make low-speed manoeuvres a doddle, but it’s also quick and precise at speed. Strong grip and good body control add to the Grand C-Max’s agile feel, and the ride is impressively settled on the motorway. The car can thump a bit over urban potholes, but it quickly recovers its composure.
Some wind noise builds up around the door mirrors and windscreen pillars at motorway speeds, but road noise is rarely an issue. Ford’s diesel engines are smooth and refined, too, only becoming a bit rough when you rev them hard. A slick six-speed manual gearbox is standard with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost and 2.0-litre diesel, but the other engines make do with a five-speeder.