For families who need more space, there's the seven-seater Grand C-Max version. In today's market, seven seater MPVs are becoming more and more popular as children often want to take pals along and need the extra space for all their 'stuff'. These vehicles have advantages over saloons and hatchbacks as you sit high up which means better all-round visibility, and everyone gets a great view out. They're also a lot easier to get in and out of.
Beautifully styled on the outside and with a high quality interior, you will be surprised by what the C-MAX has to offer.
The windscreen is steeply raked and the A-Pillar windows are of a size to allow you see traffic coming from an angle. Good-sized power side mirrors help with rear visibility aided in the test car by the optional Blind Spot Information System which alerts you with a small warning light in the driver's and passenger's door mirrors if another vehicle has entered your blind spot. Also, when you select Reverse, the rear view comes up on the instrument panel. Instruments themselves are stylishly indented, yet very clear to see at a glance.
The Parking pack onboard included power folding mirrors and rear parking sensors, and was for a special price of €141.
On the road, I found the car a really good drive with plenty of power on tap for when you need to overtake or join fast moving traffic on the motorway. Fuel economy is around 5.4 L/100kms for the urban cycle and C02 emissions of 119g/km place this particular car in Band A of €200 a year in road tax. Other engines available include the 1.6 EcoBoost petrol and a 2.0 diesel with 140hp.
A stylish and sporty smaller people carrier with a real feel-good factor, and a five year manufacturer's warranty as standard.
Priced from €25,995. The entry model is from €25,695.