Ford Grand C-MAX (2010 – 2019) Review

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


+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.

New prices start from £23,895
Insurance Groups are between 10–26
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

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. 

Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX 2010 Road Test

Ford Grand C-MAX 2.0 TDCi Long Term Test 

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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Why are there so few petrol automatic MPVs?
"I'm a full time mum of two looking for an MPV with a high driving position, the option to convert to seven seats, and crucially an automatic gearbox as I spend time sitting in traffic. I have no need of a huge 4x4 and I only really do short journeys. I find my choice is massively restricted because there are so few petrol automatics available. I've had to discount the Ford Grand C-Max which would have been my first choice and am now looking at a BMW Gran Tourer which is more expensive. Do you know if any manufacturers are planning to add more petrol engines with automatic gearbox options to their MPV range anytime soon?"
Manufacturers made the cars that the public wanted and that EC legislation on CO2 forced them to make. It was the only way they could comply with the requirement for ever decreasing levels of CO2 without making electric cars and hybrids that are much more expensive. However, now that they have moved the goalposts, you will start to see more petrol MPVs and maybe even some petrol hybrid MPVs like the Toyota Sienta, Estima and Alphard that aren't currently imported to Europe.
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What turbo petrol car should I replace my higher torque diesel cars with?
"I want to replace our two diesel cars (a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and a Citroen C3 Picasso) with just one petrol car. The Ford Grand C-MAX looks ideal for our needs (short urban trips and occasional motorway journeys) but the only petrol options are all 1.0-litre turbocharged units. I see that they are a lot lighter (150kg) than the diesel versions, which will help performance; but they have considerably less torque - 170Nm as compared to 370Nm, so presumably will require more gear changes. As we do not intend to tow, are there any downsides to these engines? "
We weren't aware that Ford had dropped the 1.5 T EcoBoost 130 in the C-MAX (Ford doesn't announce such things). But the best mid-sized petrol engined MPV is the Citroen C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 that has 230NM torque and even pulls the EAT6 torque converter automatic very well.
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£500 goodwill payment not been paid - what should we do?
"Following a power steering pump failure on our 2011 Ford Grand C-Max, the local Ford dealer agreed to replace the entire steering rack at a cost of £1200. Though the car was out of warranty, Ford UK agreed contribute £500 as a goodwill payment. However, some six months later, we are still waiting for the £500. We paid for the repair in full and we cannot get any sense from the dealer or Ford UK as to why we have not yet been repaid."
You write to the dealer principal of the Ford dealership and you tell him he is in breach of contract. You agreed to pay the £1,200 for the repair on the basis that £500 would be refunded. If it is not refunded by the dealer you sue him for it in the Small Claims track of the County Court.
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