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Long term test: Ford Grand C-Max 2.0 TDCI Titanium



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As my family’s car is a Ford S-Max Titanium, I was intrigued to have my first couple of weeks with its smaller seven-seat sibling.

Trips to nursery, schools, cinemas and adventure parks seem to form an all-too-regular part of our monthly schedule, so the Grand C-Max has been pressed into use to see how a family of five manages with its smaller dimensions.

It is certainly a car with plenty of plusses. The sliding rear doors are a doddle to operate and ensure access is easy and damage free, both superb points when loading children is involved.

Its optional parking assistance system also makes negotiating into a space on the road outside school relatively stress free, and its Easyfuel filling system takes away any fears of misfuelling at the pumps.

It also drives extremely well. Its 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 138bhp is responsive and adequately powerful and, in our test car, is mated to a six-speed Powershift automatic transmission which is silky smooth and very efficient.

Consumers selecting the auto will pay a price however – with 154g/km CO2 emissions, 15g/km more than the manual equivalent, for company car user-choosers the 24% benefit-in-kind tax they’ll suffer is actually an extra 3% above that of both the manual alternative and my 139g/km S-Max.

Nevertheless, an even more emission-friendly 1.6-litre diesel is also in the Grand C-Max range, with 129g/km, cutting BIK down to 19%. And even in auto form this long-term test car has a three second advantage over the S-Max in a 0-62mph sprint.

On to the minuses. It has odd styling and little of the yummy-mummy appeal with which the S-Max conquested middle-class families in their droves when it first arrived. In reality, it is actually a four-seater with three extra seats suitable only for occasional use by pre-teen children, a reminder of our previous family runabout, a Mazda5.

While plenty of consumers are happy to make the compromise, familes with more than couple of youngsters in child seats may find the lack of accommodation a frustration, particularly on long distance excursions.

But ultimately, all this should’ve been ironed out by a salesman qualifying the customer properly. Grand C-Max is a fine car for the small, growing family.
And if it’s too tight for space, at least the Ford dealer has the S-Max in his armoury.

Price £26,250
Engine 2.0-litre TDCi 138bhp
Performance 0-62mph 10.5 secs, top speed 123mph
Transmission 6-sp auto
Efficiency 48.7mpg, 154g/km CO2
RV 3yr/30k 30.9%
Start mileage 3,758
Current mileage 5,903
Rivals Volkswagen Touran, Nissan Qashqai+2, Citroën C4 Picasso

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