What's the used Ford Grand C-Max MPV like?
After the initial success of the Focus-based, five-seat C-Max MPV, Ford launched the second-generation version as a slightly bigger and much smarter car than the original, edging it further upmarket.
However, despite its appeal, there were still those for whom seven seats were either a must or an occasional need, so to cater for them the firm came up with the longer Grand C-Max, which includes an extra pair of rear seats that fold up out of the boot floor. On the plus side, this added in the practicality to let the car compete with seven-seat MPVs and SUVs aplenty; on the minus side, it compromised the standard C-Max’s stylish exterior a little and added a bit of extra weight to the mix.
The range-topping Titanium X Grand C-Maxs get larger alloys, a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, a partial leather interior and heated front seats all as standard.
To drive the Grand C-Max is gutsy and likeable, with any of its engine options under the bonnet. It corners with more vigour than most of its rivals, and its steering is quick and accurate, although there is a fair bit of body lean through faster corners. Ride comfort is very good, however, with the damping softening even the worst bumps and ruts. The Grand C-Max is set up to be a little softer than the ordinary C-Max, and it shows in its overall suppleness.
Inside, the driving position and visibility are both good, and the dashboard design and its layout is familiar Ford, with logically placed buttons (though quite a number of them ) and a fiddly touchscreen.
It is deceptively spacious inside, 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. There’s good space in the second row seats for three adults abreast, and two children will be happy for short journeys in the rearmost third row. With all seven seats upright and in use, boot space is limited to just 92 litres, but fold them flat and this expands to a full 1742 litres should you need it.
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