C-Max Titanium 1.6 150PS EcoBoost
may well be the brand for the
man in the street
but that doesnt
mean you get bread-and-butter
specifications. The Grand C-Max 1.6
EcoBoost Titanium people-mover
reviewed here costs £21,445 but
just the start of it...
THE ACTUAL ON-THE-ROAD PRICE for my test car was considerably more due to the
host of extra-cost items fitted. Items such as the brilliant burnt orange Mars
Red metallic paint (an extra £495); an Appearance Pack with roof rails and privacy
glass added another £275; a Convenience Pack with active park assist and front
and rear parking sensors another £270; and the Titanium X Pack that includes
leather trim, heated front seats, power driver's seat, panoramic glass
roof and Xenon headlights, bumped up the overall price by a further £2,000.
And we're not finished yet: the Towing Pack costs £750; the excellent Sony DAB
navigation system with rear-view camera another £750; the Family Pack (includes
power lift for the tailgate and rear sun-blinds) adds £525 and the larger 18-inch
alloy wheels weighed in at an extra £400. Total extras? £5,465 for a total purchase
price of close to £27K.
most customers will not add each and every one of these admittedly tempting
items to their Grand C-Max, not even company car drivers because for them it
means their Benefit-in-Kind tax bill will be even higher, but the optional kit
fitted does demonstrate just how bespoke even a volume-produced Ford can be
Where the Grand C-Max
excels is in its ride
comfort and handling
refinement Ford is
very good at developing
platform and suspension
suited for what
customers really want...
What do you get if you specify the Titanium trim? Everything but the kitchen
sink! Well, certainly most of the major popular items needed for family or business
transport such as 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically-heated front
screen, front fogs, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear electric
windows, alarm, keyless entry, Sony DAB radio and CD system, Bluetooth, remote/power
childproof locks, luggage cover, front seatback tables, rear parking sensors,
power mirrors, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, hill launch assist, keyless
start button and Ford's EATC safety system.
As for engine options, there are two 1.6 petrol and two 1.6/2.0 diesels for
the Grand C-Max their power outputs range from 103 to 147bhp and
there's a new PowerShift automatic transmission option paired with the 2.0-litre
138bhp turbodiesel. CO2 emissions run from 119 to 159g/km and the Combined Cycle
fuel economy from 40.9 to 57.7mpg.
Due to today's much higher cost of diesel fuel it's now estimated that drivers
covering less than 15,000 miles a year are better opting for petrol power. However,
sales to date show the 1.6 TDCi 113bhp diesel unit to be the most popular powerplant
To that I'd say that the large and heavy Grand C-Max is marginally more responsive
to drive with the 2.0-litre 138bhp/236lb ft diesel whereas the non-Grand five-seater
C-Max is best with the new direct injection EcoBoost 1.6 147bhp/177lb ft petrol
As it turned out, my Grand C-Max test car was equipped with the 1.6-litre 147bhp
EcoBoost direct injection turbocharged petrol unit which serves up 177lb ft
of torque from under 2,000rpm and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Officially
this model will return 40.9mpg and my real-life figure for all types of driving
worked out to 34.3mpg. With CO2 emissions of 159g/km, road tax is £165 a year
and company car tax 21%.
Where both C-Max versions excel (the seven-seat Grand C-Max and the smaller
five-seat C-Max range) is in their ride comfort and handling refinement. Ford
is very good at developing platform and suspension combinations ideally suited
for what customers really want.
Grand C-Max's handling, even for such a substantial vehicle, is needle-sharp,
as is the steering. And there's lots of front-end grip during cornering and,
bearing in mind it's a genuine people-carrier, there's commendably little body
handling, even for
such a substantial
vehicle, is needle-sharp,
as is the steering.
And theres lots of
front-end grip during
cornering and, bearing
in mind its
little body roll...
The Grand's large sliding rear side doors are light and easy to use and come
in handy in the snug parking spaces we now find in many car parks as vehicles
are shoehorned ever closer together.
The Grand C-Max carries up to seven passengers in three rows of seats but, realistically,
look on the third row seats as being only of use for short journeys and for
those passengers with shorter legs. The width of the centre seat in the second
row is also a 'snug' fit.
Used in seven-seat mode, the boot space is virtually nil okay,
a meagre 56 litres (115 if you load to the roof). Lose passengers '6' and '7'
and fold down the two rearmost seats and this improves dramatically
to 755 litres; ideal for family holiday luggage. If you need pure load space
then folding down the second and third rows provides up to 1,742 litres for
What these figures show is just how versatile the Grand C-Max is whether it's
used as the family 'bus' on the school run or for carrying business goods or
for active singles and couples with bulky leisure or sporting equipment to transport.
And despite its body length of 4.5 metres and its 1.68-metre height, the Grand
C-Max is easy to drive and park thanks to its light controls and large glass
Against? Options add significant extra costs, not the most versatile in the
use of variable seating positions, very limited rear row legroom, tight width
for second row middle seat, and extremely small load space if all seven seats
On the other hand it's enjoyable and easy to drive with capable handling, is
comfortable and well built, has a great new-generation British-built petrol
engine with cost-effective running costs and a flat loadbay floor with the rear
seats folded down. And even the most nervous of drivers will not be put off
by its bulk because it really is very easy to handle and sympathetic to drive.
Ford Grand C-Max Titanium 1.6 150PS EcoBoost | £21,445
Maximum speed: 126mph | 0-62mph: 9.9 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 177lb ft | CO2 159g/km