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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.
  • 2.0i 16v Ghia 5dr

    Stephen Archer , . Date: 15/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is very impressive to drive. The 2.0 petrol is quiet and refined and gives the car very good performance (once run in).

    Fuel economy is reasonable for the size of engine - 25-27mpg in town and up to 39mpg on a long run.

    The car is very practical with plenty of storage space, loads of room front and back and a huge boot (though I would have liked the boot to be a little wider).

    The steering is excellent - light at low speeds but gives loads of feedback when pushing on. The ride is slightly firm at low speeds but overall, very good considering how good the handling is.

    My only criticisms of the car are around the build quality. A few bits of plastic feel a little cheap and are creaking and rattling a bit already (after less than 2000 miles).

    I haven't had many other problems. Just a mark in one of the climate control screens, squeaky brakes and a tailgate that needed adjusting to stop it rattling (all now fixed by the dealer).

    The dealer has been OK so far (way ahead of Renault - my last car - but light years behind BMW - my wife's car).

    The only outstanding thing is that I'm still awaiting an owner's manual, which includes my engine - you'd have thought that after 6 months of the engine being available, Ford would have printed a new manual!

    Overall, I'm very pleased with the car. It's an excellent family car that's good fun to drive.

  • 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    David Shield , Tyne&Wear . Date: 15/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having just purchased a 1.6 Tdci Zetec for my wife (trading in a fully loaded Mini Cooper S), I am pleasantly supprised at how enjoyable the C-Max is to drive.

    An impending new arrival imposed the change on us, but I can honestly say that my wife and I have not missed the Mini, which was not what we were expecting!

    Superb ride quality (better than my Jaguar X-Type!), comfortable seats, decent build quality, good fuel economy and so far a pleasant experience.

    The experience has been enhanced by the good deals available at the moment. We paid £12,695 against a list price of over £17,000 with the options on the car. This is for a 2004 model year build as well. Terrific value, and questions the real value of my X-Type at double the money.

    The only downside is that I was extremely happy with the X-Type, now I would have a problem spending the same amount on a car after the C-Max delivers so much for half the price.

  • 1.8i 16v Ghia 5dr

    david quinton Date: 12/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Very good to drive.

    Could anybody explain the cruise control? When you press on, the light fails to come on the dash until you press set or increase. The drivers manual says the light should come when you press on, the dealer says the manual is incorrect.

  • 2.0 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    barry jaques , warwickshire . Date: 10/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is an excellent towing vehicle, with more than adequate power for all towing conditions on either country roads or motorways. Towing in sixth gear is possible, only having to change down on inclines.

    On steep hills, in fourth gear, it actually accelerates up the hill even with a largish caravan on the back, without any undue effort.

    There's no noticeable sway when it's being passed by larger vehicles, in fact it's rock steady.

    The extra height of the car gives a better all-round view, which together with the comfort of the cabin gives a less stressful journey on the longer runs.

    Although I did acheive 36mpg once, when towing the general figure is around 27mpg. The advertised mpg specifications for the car solo are 37mpg town, 62mpg on a run and 50mpg combined.

    I have yet to get within 12% of these high-mileage consumption figures.

    All in all, it's a very good car for both solo drivng and towing the caravan.

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