For The Ford C-Max is one of the best-handling cars in its class, yet the ride isn’t overly firm. Running costs are low, there’s lots of leg- and headroom, and the boot is huge.
Against It’s not as versatile as some rivals, and the person sitting in the central rear seat might find shoulder-room a bit tight. There’s also a little too much wind noise at motorway speeds.
What Car? says
The Ford C-Max is well worth considering if you enjoy driving and need more space than conventional small family cars can offer. It's not the most practical MPV, though.
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There are 13 Ford C-Max versions available
Target Price team says:
The first thing buyers have to decide is whether they want the regular five-seat Ford C-Max or the more expensive, but more family-friendly, seven-seat Grand C-Max.
Our favourite engine in the C-Max is the 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel. It has all the strength you need, even when you're loaded up with passengers and luggage. It's so good, it renders the stronger 2.0-litre diesels a little redundant.
In most cases, the choice of engine dictates the trim you get. The 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol is available only in entry-level Zetec trim, while the 99 and 123bhp 1.0 petrol turbos are also available in more luxurious Titanium trim. The strongest engines come only in range-topping Titanium X trim, but they're too expensive to recommend. Zetec offers the best blend of price and equipment, so that's what we'd go for.
Reader test team says:
from the moment i took delivery of this car i loved it looks the part inside and out great driving position seats are very comfy.inside looks stunning…
I have had this car less than a month so it is early days. I have done 400 miles and am currently getting 34.2 mpg I expect this to improve as the…
I have had the C-Max for about 3 months and unfortunately find it very disappointing. The worst aspect is the headrest, which is too far forward and…
We purchased a 1.6 TDCi in February this year; from week one the keyless entry had a fault and kept coming up with a child lock fault. Our dealer…