Family is very important to us as human beings. Whilst we might not all get on 100% of the time, your family are your closest relations and love is shared. It is nice to all do something together, be it dinner out one evening or attending a wedding, you all need a means of transportation. The Ford “MAX” range and the even larger Galaxy seem to have something for everyone. But which one if right for you?
The smallest of this collection is the B-MAX. Seating five with space to spare, the B-MAX’s party trick is revealed when the front door is opened along with the rear sliding door. Without a b-pillar there is a huge opening to load bulky objects into a relatively compact car. With the seats folded flat, this little MPV proves to be very versatile. Based upon the same underpinnings as the much loved Ford Fiesta, this car actually handles very well. A very clean 98g/km CO2 1.5 litre diesel engine is available, but our favourite has to be the peppy 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol.
Read our review of the Ford B-MAX HERE.
The recently launched “facelift” 2015 Ford C-MAX is based upon Britons second best selling car, the Ford Focus. Just like the Focus it offers a refined and more involving drive than many of its competitors, but with extra space. A boot that boast 471 litres when loaded to the package tray can be boosted to 1,723 litres of “family gubbins” with all of the seats flat and packed to the roof. Need more space? A Grand C-MAX is available with 7 seats. The EcoBoost turbocharged 1.0 litre is again available, however, the biggest seller is the 1.5 litre TDCI. Ford’s Sync 2 infotainment system provides an 8 inch touchscreen interface for everything from Satellite navigation to the radio. It is easy to use and well worth having.
Take a look at our Ford C-MAX review HERE.
This car literally lets you have your cake and eat it. A firm favourite since its introduction in 2006, the Ford S-MAX delivers 7 seat practicality in an attractive package. This all-new 2015 incarnation improves on the recipe by driving the car even further up market. Packed with technology, including a speed limiter that reads road signs and adjusts accordingly, it really is everything you could want from a family car. With rows 2 and 3 flat 2,020 litres of space is yours or 965 litres with 5 seats. Electrically raise the rearmost seats to ensure everyone has a comfortable place to sit. For such a large vehicle the S-MAX handles fantastically and equipped with a 240PS petrol engine, not sluggish either. Obviously, the diesel is the more sensible option.
Check out our 2015 Ford S-MAX review HERE.
Whilst the large MPV segment is shrinking as many people are choosing a more fashion conscious SUV, the Ford Galaxy remains king of the hill. In its highest specification the interior is a wonderfully comfortable place to be. With hushed running and a strong diesel option, this 7 seater is highly accomplished. Ford’s Powershift automatic gearbox performs well in this model, but there is also a good manual option if you prefer. Clearly you would choose the Galaxy over the S-Max if practicality was your highest priority, being the largest of the two even adults will be content in the rearmost seats. 300 litre of boot space can be had with all 7 seats in place or with just five it grows to 1,301 litres. Use this Galaxy as a van and the total volume behind the driver comes to vast 2,339 litres.
Our review can be found HERE.
Ford seem to have covered all of the bases with cars that contend class leadership in every segment. Each of the MAX family and the Galaxy is a commendable choice.