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.