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4 out of 5 stars

For Good Great to drive, comfortable, low running costs and decent boot space

Against Only comes with five seats, could be bigger, some wind noise at speed.

Verdict One of the great all rounders. The C-Max is so easy to live with you might forget you're driving an MPV.

Go for… 1.6-litre

Avoid… 2.0-litre Auto

Ford C-Max MPV
  • 1. The 1.6-litre petrol engine with 98bhp is fine for driving in town, but will struggle when the car is fully laden and on fast roads.
  • 2. Some diesel engine problems have surfaced, usually with the turbo, along with potentially faulty alternators that need replacing.
  • 3. Random electrical gremlins can include boots that open by themselves, clocks that need resetting and errant electric window mechanisms.
  • 4. Road tax and insurance aren't steep, unless you buy a 2.0-litre petrol model, which emits 189g/km of CO2 and sits in insurance group 12.
  • 5. The diesels are far more economical: with the less powerful 1.6-litre 60.1mpg, the more-powerful 58.8mpg, the 1.8-litre 52.3mpg and the 2.0-litre 49.5mpg.
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