The Grand C-Max is far from cheap to buy, but it should be inexpensive to run. The 1.6-litre diesel averages 57.7mpg and attracts a relatively lowly company car tax rating. Meanwhile, the petrols both average over 40mpg.
Ford Grand C-Max quality & reliability
The upper dashboard is made from dense, soft-touch plastics, while metal and piano black detailing add to the cabin’s classy feel. However, Ford finished 16th out of 27 manufacturers in the 2012 JD Power customer satisfaction survey, and some owners of the previous C-Max complained about reliability problems.
Ford Grand C-Max safety & security
The Grand C-Max has a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, and every model comes with electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control and front, side and curtain airbags. However, it’s a little disappointing that the curtain ’bags don’t extend to protect those in the third row. Deadlocks, marked parts and an alarm that’s been approved by insurance research body Thatcham provide protection against theft.