Have had this car for six months, done 9,000 km with no mechanical or technical problems, including a trip to the Alps and back: very smooth. Like many diesels, it is most at home on a long motorway drive at constant high speed. Very good petrol consumption on the road but not brilliant in town. Nit-picky dislikes: sluggish pulling away in second gear; boot usually doesn't close properly unless shut firmly, tinny feel to bodywork including boot; no sixth gear for road economy; gear stick could be mounted higher on dashboard a lá Megane Scenic thus giving more room in front; de-mist operated thru AC - but is very efficient, no door pockets in rear; window one-touch only to open not close; driver seat not as comfortable as - less adjustable than Scenic? Otherwise it seems well-built. Previous car a Megane Scenic diesel hence the direct comparison.
I now own this car, a 2008 automatic, and i am very impressed by the thought and the quality that has been put into this car. It is a treat to drive - the auto box is silky smooth and the vision is superb. On the economy side I am averaging 28.9 on a run - not great i know but it should improve as the engine loosens up. As i have already stated, the quality of this car is impressive, the dash layout is first class and very easy to adapt to , i got the blue tooth thrown in as a freebie which was very nice and also they have vastly improved the computer read out which is a great boon. My previous car was a 2006 C-Max ghia 2.0 tdci which turned out to be a good car in every way, but i have no regrets changing to the petrol auto. I strongly recommend this car
I have owned my C-Max (2.0 TDCi Ghia ) for three years and have no serious complaints about it. It has covered 53,000 untroubled miles since new, serviced through an excellent small local Ford dealership in Wotton-Under-Edge.
I wanted a higher driving position with long distance comfort. The highly adjustable drivers seat ensures a comfortable but still firm driving position. Testament to this is a having just completed a 3500miles tour of France with no discomfort which says a great deal (including a 12 hour fully laden haul back to Calais
Ride quality is firm, road noise only noticeable on certain road, although tyre usage is higher than anticipated
Adjustability of the rear seats is a great advantage, Storage is ok but a top box is really needed when carry 3 weeks worth of luggage for 4 people.
The external bodywork is still sound, as is the Ghia trim package, without obvious signs of deterioration/rattles.
Only gripe would be the electronic handbrake. At 25000 motorway miles I had to replace the read pads, now at 53000 they need replacing again. Fronts need doing as well but they have covered the full 53000 miles.
Service costs have been reasonable, but could do with a longer service schedule.
Fuel economy is not good as expected at 42 mpg, only achieving 50mpg ‘ish when keeping the speed well below the speed limits and driving careful.
Overall very pleased and considering another one (2.0 Titanium)
6 months in excellent car,rides well,well put together,no quality issues.more than happy with the package this car provides and would reccomend it to anyone considering a c max as a main family car.
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