Ford C-Max

Ford C-Max review

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Driving

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

This is one area where the C-Max excels. There’s good front-end grip, so you can enjoy slinging it in to corners with more vigour than you would in any of its rivals, and the steering weights up well to give you a decent sense of connection. Having said that, the steering also self-centres a little too keenly and there is a noticeable amount of body lean through bends, so while it’s very good by class standards it’s not perfect.

Ride comfort is very good. The damping softens even the worst bumps and ruts, and keeps the tyres firmly in contact with the road even over fast mid-corner intrusions.

It is worth finding the reasonable amount of extra cash required to get the more powerful 124bhp 1.0 Ecoboost over the 99bhp, because it does feel noticeably more peppy. It revs smoothly and pulls well even from low revs.

However, if you’re likely to carry a full load of people and luggage regularly, or if you do a lot of mileage and want the best fuel economy, the 1.5 diesel is likely to be a better bet. It isn't the most refined engine of its type, but its better low-down pulls and added flexibility will come in useful when you've got a full car.

 

Ford C-Max
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Engines
There are 4 engines available for the C-Max MPV. Click to see details.See all versions
1.0 EcoBoost
We haven’t driven this engine in the C-Max but, from our experience in the Focus, it’s...View engine
Fuel Petrol
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0-62 MPH12.9 secs
MPG49.6-50.4
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1.0 EcoBoost 125
This is our favourite engine for private buyers; it’s potent enough that it doesn’t fee...View engine
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GearboxManual
0-62 MPH11 secs
MPG48.7-49.6
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1.5 TDCi
This is our pick for company car buyers. By diesel standards, it’s a reasonably quiet e...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
0-62 MPH11.3 secs
MPG56.5-60.1
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1.5 EcoBoost Powershift
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GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH10.2 secs
MPG36.7-37.2
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