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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.

Ford C-Max MPV
33 5stars

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

MPV 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr £17,655
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Zetec S/S 5dr £18,150
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Zetec S/S 5dr £18,650
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5dr £19,150
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T 100 Ecoboost Titanium S/S 5dr £19,650
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T 125 Ecoboost Titanium S/S 5dr £20,150
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr £20,650
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6T 150 Ecoboost Titanium S/S 5dr £20,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr £21,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T 125 E'boost Titanium X SS 5dr £22,150
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium X 5dr £22,650
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6T 182 E'boost Titanium X SS 5dr £23,605
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X 5dr £24,225
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Ford C-Max MPV 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

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…

stephen chandler

5 out of 5 stars

Ford C-Max MPV 1.6T 150 Ecoboost Titanium 5dr

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…

suzanne wells

4 out of 5 stars

Ford C-Max MPV 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium 5dr

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…

Robert Hayward

2 out of 5 stars

Ford C-Max MPV 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr

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…

Andy Beadle

1 out of 5 stars
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