Used Ford C-Max 2007 - 2011 review

Category: MPV

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

Ford C-Max (07 - 11)
  • Ford C-Max (07 - 11)
  • Ford C-Max (07 - 11)
Used Ford C-Max 2007 - 2011 review
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What's the used Ford C-Max MPV like?

The Ford C-Max is more revamp than a complete reinterpretation - this model builds on the success of the original Focus C-Max ('03-'07), to become a great five-seat MPV.

Think of it as a Focus that's put on some pounds. It's almost as good to drive as the hatchback, with refined handling, plenty of grip and sharp steering. The ride is comfortable, with limited body roll on faster corners, yet it's able to absorb bumps and scars on uneven roads. Wind and road noise are also well contained.


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

  • Good Great to drive, comfortable
  • low running costs and decent boot space
  • Only comes with five seats, could be bigger
  • some wind noise at speed

Passenger space is generous in the front, and there's room for three in the back, although the middle seat is more restricted. The rear seats can also be removed to swell the decent boot to accommodate bulkier items. All-round visibility is good, and there's an additional rear-facing mirror so you can keep an eye on the kids in the back. The cabin has a well laid-out and durable feel, with quality materials and sturdy construction.**

Ownership cost

What used Ford C-Max MPV will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Ford C-Max MPV?

Petrol models are generally cheaper to buy, but the diesels have better resale values. The two 1.6- and the 1.8-litre petrol models deliver 40.9mpg, 39.8mpg and 35.3mpg respectively. 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.

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.

Depreciation is steep for the C-Max, making them a potentially good used buy, as long as you don't spend too much in the first place. Diesel models are slightly more expensive to service than petrol ones, but Ford garages aren't usually extortionate when it comes to labour rates.

Our recommendations

Which used Ford C-Max MPV should I buy?

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. The 1.8-litre model with 123bhp is sprightly, and the 143bhp 2.0-litre comes only with an automatic gearbox.

Diesels make more sense if you drive lots of miles. The 1.6-litre with 88bhp will suit some, but for more power track down the 109bhp version, which is the better bet. There's a 113bhp 1.8-litre, which isn't notably faster and a 2.0-litre with 134bhp - best for high-speed motorway work. You can get an automatic gearbox only on the 2.0-litre versions of the diesels.

The entry-level Studio model is a little too basic, so aim higher if your purse allows. Style trim gets a CD player and air-con, but Zetec delivers better value, adding alloy wheels. Titanium trim adds finishing touches such as cruise control and auto lights and wipers. Look out for the Titanium X pack with leather seats, or the Sports X pack for a sporty trim and suspension.**


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