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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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113 reader reviews for Ford Focus C-MAX MPV.
  • 1.8i 16v Zetec 5dr

    Graeme Mitchell Date: 25/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Practicality, great. Driving dynamics, fantastic. Build Quality, in my case, absolutely dreadful!

    I am now on to my second C-MAX, the first having been replaced by my dealer. My first C-MAX went back to the garage in excess of 14 times, with defects ranging from brakes that stick on, to suspension bearings failing. And rattles, so many rattles!

    My replacement is slightly better, but is currently having its second visit to the dealer to repair faults.

    To sum up: horriffic build quality, extremely poor dealer, do not buy one of these cars!!!

  • 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    k carroll , kent . Date: 20/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having been a long term Ford owner I must admit I am a little biassed, however the C-MAX is by far the best Ford I have ever owned.

    It would be good if it gave a closer combined mpg than claimed (I average about 48/52) but this is still reasonable. I personally found it to be the most comfortable car i've owned as the gear stick is close and lighting/display very good.

    Handling wise, I have only anchored up once in the rain and, although it began to skid, it stopped almost straight away and did not lock up. Hence I had full control and avoided the idiot who had cut me up.

    After starting first thing in the morning, it becomes very quiet in just a minute or two and on the motorway is much quieter than my other Fords. One of the cabin shelves on the back of the seats was squeaking a little but with a touch of vaseline from me and a tweak from the dealer, it soon cured it.

    I think this car with all the same running gear of the new Focus is top notch. I am very satisfied. PS. i did not need 7 seats so it was the best choice midi MPV to suit our needs.

    I think the Wat Car? verdict should be higher too - at least 4 out of 5.

  • 1.6 TDCi 110 LX 5dr

    Peter Mak Date: 05/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I traded up from my 5 year old 1.6 petrol Ford Foucs LX to get a new C-Max 1.6 TDCI LX. I negotiated a top deal at the end of September '04 and took delivery of a 1.6 diesel in LX trim.

    Whilst it is a step down from the Ghia trim, it suffices for my daily commute. The equipment included electric mirrors and windows, a/c, CD player as standard and comes with ABS brakes, which weren't standard on my old Focus.

    What do I like about it? Well, I hate MPVs with a passion but the C-Max lets you have your cake and eat it! You get the higher driving stance but with the panache of the new focus chassis to make driving along twisty roads a real joy. The drive is hushed and you only notice noise when you accelerate hard. The torque for a 1.6 diesel is very good and gives my Passat TDi 130 sport a run for its money! The brakes are competent and the gearbox is easy, if a little notchy from third to fourth. The boot is capacious.

    My only gripe is that there are squeaks and rattles from the interior plastics at times - they come and go. Listen out for rattles from the seat belt pillars and the tray positioned on the front dash. The other thing you'll notice is that it has a small petrol tank - the C-Max does great MPG but you watch the needle drop quite quickly because of the small tank - can fill up for about £36.

    Otherwise, it's perfect. The family love it and rate it far higher than the mark 1 focus, which in itself wasn't a bad car except for the rattles - deja vu?!

  • 2.0 TDCi Ghia 5dr

    geoffrey wallwork , kent . Date: 03/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It is one of the best small mpvs I have driven. It is quiet and handles very well indeed. The road-holding is superb, too.

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