The Ford C-Max is a high-roofed, five-seat compact MPV that’s roughly the same size as a Focus, but offers more seating flexibility and a bit more storage space and practicality in general. It competes with rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf SV and Citroen Picasso, against which the Ford offers the best ride and handling balance, and some impressive discounts and finance offers.
Engine options start with a 1.6 petrol, which is best avoided. Otherwise, there is the excellent 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5 diesel, both of which are available in two power outputs, and a 2.0-litre diesel as the range-topper. Our favourite is the 1.0 Ecoboost 125, or the 1.5 TDCi 120 is a great choice for those more concerned with economy.
Good visibility and higher-set seats are some of the main reasons buyers opt for these MPV-style hatchbacks, and the C-Max will satisfy in that respect. The rear seats are split 40/20/40, with the two outer seats able to slide backwards to offer impressive leg room. They can also be removed altogether for the more challenging Ikea trips.
List prices are competitive on the lower-end models in particular, and the aforementioned discounts and PCP deals often mean that the Ford is one of the most affordable options in this class.