Review: Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019)

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Seven seats as standard along with sliding side doors. Outstanding combination of ride and handling. Good range of low emission petrol and diesel engines.

A seven-seater for young families rather than those with tall teenagers. Barely any boot space with rearmost seats in place. Axed from Ford model range April 2019.

Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019): At A Glance

The Ford Grand C-MAX does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a C-MAX only it’s grander. That's thanks to a pair of fold-out seats hidden away in the boot floor. Aside from that, it’s all familiar C-MAX, meaning excellent handling, family-friendly practicality and a good choice of engines.

The two additional rear seats are simple to pull up from the boot floor using fabric straps and, while not suited to larger children, are fine for occasional use and short trips. They do more or less render the boot useless though – a Galaxy or S-MAX might be better if you need boot space and seven seats at the same time.

Like the standard C-MAX, the Grand C-MAX has sliding rear doors that make getting child seats in and out very easy. Plus they give great access in multi-storey car parks. The middle row of seats folds with a 40/20/40 split and is very spacious, with plenty of room for adults to sit in comfort.

The engine range consists of two 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, plus 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre TDCi diesels. All four options are suited to the Grand C-MAX, although the entry-level 100PS EcoBoost might get out of puff if fully-loaded. The two diesels, with 120PS or 150PS, can both be specified with a Powershift automatic.

All of the engines have strong official economy figures of above 50mpg and even the most powerful 150PS automatic model has emissions of below 130g/km, so running costs should be low – just bear in mind the often poor performance of EcoBoost engines in our Real MPG section.

What really sets the Grand C-MAX apart from other MPVs is the way it drives. On the road it has excellent ride quality, yet it also has tremendous grip and great steering, making it surprisingly good fun for an MPV. It’s quiet and refined too, so is well suited to long distance journeys.

If you’re looking for a true seven-seater then the Ford S-MAX or SEAT Alhambra are a better bet, but if you just need some extra seats for occasional use the Grand C-MAX is great – it’s good to drive, cheap to run and has a practical cabin. Just remember that those two extra seats eat into boot space. 

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Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4519–4520 mm
Width 1858–2067 mm
Height 1684–1694 mm
Wheelbase 2788 mm

Full specifications

The Grand C-MAX is more or less identical inside to the standard C-MAX, except for the obvious addition of two extra seats. These fold up from the boot floor using strong material straps. It’s very straightforward to flip them out or stow them and they’re surprisingly spacious if you remember they’re only really suited to children.

There is a drawback though – they render the boot almost useless. With both of the rear seats in place there’s barely enough room for shopping bags – so they are really meant for occasional use only. That said, Ford does sell the S-MAX and Galaxy for families who need load space and extra seats.

With the seats folded down the boot is large at 448 litres – plenty for luggage, pushchairs or shopping. The load deck is nice and flat – making loading and unloading easy. The middle row of seats also folds completely flat, freeing up a maximum of 1742 litres. That’s enough for furniture or trips to the tip.

The middle row of seats is easily spacious enough for a pair of adults even with taller occupants up front, plus the seats can be slid and reclined to help passengers get comfortable. Access is good thanks to sliding rear doors, which really help with getting children in and out, even in tight parking spaces.

Up front the C-MAX feels like most Fords – the layout is very similar to the Focus and uses the same mixture of soft-touch materials high up and hardwearing plastics low down. It’s easy to get comfortable thanks to the breadth of adjustment in the driving position, while all of the controls are logically placed and intuitive.

All versions of the Grand C-MAX include alloy wheels, Quickclear heated windscreen, air conditioning and DAB. Moving up to Titanium trim adds an 8-inch touchscreen, auto lights, auto wipers, keyless entry and start and parking sensors. Top Titanium X models have part leather, power seats and a panoramic roof.

Standard Equipment:

Zetec models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, Quickclear heated windscreen, front fog lights, driver’s seat lumbar support, air conditioning, DAB radio, heated door mirrors, MyKey and hill start assist.

Titanium trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, SYNC2 touchscreen with DAB, auto lights, auto wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, power rear child locks, keyless entry, starter button, cruise control with active speed limiter, front and rear power windows, power fold door mirrors, rear parking sensors.

Titanium X trim adds panoramic glass roof, xenon headlights, partial leather seats, heated front seats, driver’s power-adjustable seat.

Child seats that fit a Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019)

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What's the Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019) like to drive?

The Grand C-MAX isn’t just good to drive for an MPV – it’s good to drive full stop. It provides a very well-judged blend of comfortable ride quality and excellent handling, with good body control and accurate steering. It’s certainly the most enjoyable MPV on sale, but it’s also quiet and refined enough for long motorway trips.

Speed bumps and potholes are taken care of easily while light controls make town driving easy and yet, despite that, the Grand C-MAX tackles corners with aplomb. The amount of traction is surprising and inspires real confidence on twisting county roads.

In total there are six engine and transmission combinations. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol is available with either 100PS or 125PS and a manual transmission, while the 1.5-litre 120PS TDCi and 2.0-litre 150PS TDCi diesels are available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed Powershift automatic transmission.

The entry-level 100PS petrol is surprisingly capable, but if you tend to carry a full load of passengers, particularly out of town on faster roads, then it might feel underpowered. The 125PS EcoBoost is a better bet, but the C-MAX is probably at its best with one of the diesel engines.

The 1.5-litre TDCi with 120PS has 270Nm of torque, which provides punchy performance on the move, allied to strong official economy of 64.2mpg and emissions of 113g/km. It has the lowest running costs of any Grand C-MAX variant, but the 150PS diesel isn’t far behind, despite its stronger performance.

For drivers who spend a lot of time on the motorway, on country roads with a fully-laden car the 150PS TDCi is the best engine, but it’s also the most expensive. For that reason, it’s not necessarily the best choice unless you really need the extra performance.

All variants of the Grand C-MAX come with a light, precise six-speed manual transmission as standard, but if you want an auto both diesels are available with a smooth dual-clutch Powershift. It suits the Grand C-MAX well and doesn’t affect fuel economy too much, but it does cost an additional £1250.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.0 EcoBoost 54 mpg 13.6 s 119 g/km
1.0 EcoBoost 125 54 mpg 12.2 s 119 g/km
1.0T EcoBoost 100 47–48 mpg 13.6 s 119 g/km
1.0T EcoBoost 125 47–48 mpg 12.2 s 119 g/km
1.5 EcoBoost 150 Automatic 35–36 mpg 10.5 s 179–182 g/km
1.5 TDCi 120 57–58 mpg 12.3 s 113 g/km
1.5 TDCi 120 Powershift 51–54 mpg 13.4 s 119 g/km
1.6 41 mpg 12.3 s 154 g/km
1.6 EcoBoost 44 mpg 9.9 s 149 g/km
1.6 TDCi 60 mpg 12.3 s 124 g/km
2.0 TDCi 55 mpg 9.2–10.1 s 134 g/km
2.0 TDCi 150 61 mpg 9.8 s 119 g/km
2.0 TDCi 150 Powershift 57 mpg 10.7 s 129 g/km
2.0 TDCi PowerShift 50 mpg 9.8–10.5 s 149 g/km

Real MPG average for a Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

29–61 mpg

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How do I keep the DPF clean to avoid trouble with the new MoT?

With regard to the new MoT changes for diesel cars with DPFs, how can I go about keeping my DPF clean? I have a 2017 Ford Grand C-MAX 2017, which I usually use car for city runs. It doesn't get much use on motorways.
Only ever use Superdiesel and stick to the same brand. After starting the car stay in lower gears keeping the revs to between 1500 and 2000 for the first five to ten miles (don't bimble along at 1000rpm). Take your car for proper runs of at least 50 miles outside the city every week. Take it for a 40 mile run using plenty of revs immediately prior to the MoT.
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