Possible new Grand C-Max owner here
After a lot of looking and discussion with SWMBO, it does seem to be that I will be ordering a Grand C-Max in the next couple of weeks.
I will be totally honest and say, that if I could have afforeded the S-Max Titanium auto, that would have been my first choice.
I have looked at a lot of auto cars, from the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, (horrible semi auto gearbox!0 the Peugeot 5008, (same terrible gearbox) the Nisssan Qashqai +2, Vauxhall Insignia Tourer and even BMW's X1 (very heavy sterring at slow speeds and even cruise control was an option).
If the QQ+2 had better fuel consumption (their own figures are only 36 MPG!) that was a nice car, and I did like the Insignia SE with sat nav. but the wife is not impressed with its suspension.
Well yesterday we went into a Ford dealer (not the local one, they are worse than useless, if they have hit their targets they have no interest)
and first of all sat in the Focus estate. Not good for me, i felt enclosed and trapped, the dealer said "what about the C-Max?" I had not thought about it really, as its not the prettiest girl in the bunch :-)
The fact it was on the same floorpan as the Focus made me reluctant, but when I sat in it, I was most impressed, it felt light and airy.
We the looked at the grand and it was nice. Not that much bigger, but a bit more in the boot for the dog :-) My 10 year old loved the sliding doors.
The deposit I have to put down is around £2300, whereas the S-Max was £2,900 and I really can't justify the additional cost for a bigger car I think. (Though my heat is saying S-Max!) but with many others, money is tight at the moment.
The Insignia is very well specced, with the auto tailgate and sat nav (but you have to pay extra for bluetooth and fog lights!) but the lead time is three months as they are built to order. the Grand C-max is vehicles available next month.
Ilike the Ford Autobox and the seats are comfy. The wife likes the funky blue dials (easily pleased lol). the only couple of things that I find starange is that even Titanium does not have sat nav as standard (Vauxhall, Skoda, Nissan etc have sat nav as standard on their top line models, but Ford want between £750 to £1,300 for theirs! Garmin looks on the cards for me :-) ) plus the power tailgate is an added cost option.
one thing that did look badly designed is that when teh cnter seat in row tow is hidden to give the "gangway" there is a hard metal catch protruding from the Offside seat which could be painfull if caught when using teh gangway.
I think I have decided on the coulour, my first choice would be Panther Black, ( I know, a devil to keep clean) followed by Midnight Sky then Ink Blue.
I did threaten to order it in Mars red, but SWMBO said she is not driving round in a Jaffa Orange! :-0
So, my choice seems to be a standard Titanium Grand C-Max 140 BHP Auto in one of those colours.
I did think about adding the active parking, but not sure I would get the use out of it or would it just be a toy?