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FORD C-Max 1.6 Diesel Leather covered steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment, Front seat centre armrest, Cloth seat upholstery with additional cloth, Luxury trim alloy look on gearknob and alloy look on dashboard, Front electric windows with one one-touch, Driver and passenger electrically adjustable body colour door mirrors, Cup holders for front seats and rear seats fixed, Air conditioning, Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls, Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror, Front and rear reading lights, Twin complex surface lens halogen bulb headlights, Front fog lights, Rear view mirror, Windscreen wipers, Tinted glass on cabin, Four-wheel ABS, Brake assist system, Isofix preparation
Great Activ spec
Handling, space, solidity
Still no C4 Picasso
No 2.5T version
If not actually fast
Showing its age
Silly dash-top box
Pointless rear seat
No one wants 2.0
Getting on a bit, daft rear seats
The 'Focus' part of the name is now gone and Ford has extensively restyled front to make it more like the S-Max and Galaxy. The result is effective, turning the C-Max from bland wallflower into a decently good looking small MPV. The chunky new bumpers have the most pronounced effect.
The C-Max isn't really a performance car so its engine range suits it well. 1.6 HDi is slower than the petrol off the line but infinitely better on the move. 1.8 FlexFuel is a bit breathless running on E85. Get the 2.0 TDCi if you want proper performance.
Although it's not quite as agile as the S-Max, the C-Max is nonetheless as engaging handler with sharp responses and plenty of driver feedback. It rides well too, but it's only in terms of tyre and wind noise that the aging C-Max stumbles.
The C-Max's cabin was fully overhauled in 2007 and now uses the modern Ford dials, switches, stereo units and offers an even better relationship between seat, pedals and steering than ever. Visibility is great, too.
Following the 2007 revision the C-Max's cabin quality took a leap forward with more soft touch materials and better switchegear. Leftover plastics are still plentiful, though, and it's not terribly quiet despite its grown-up ride quality.
The C-Max's body holds up in an impact well but despite 4 NCAP stars and six standard airbags, the C-Max doesn't have basic items like ISOFIX child seat mounts or ESP as standard.
Front space is excellent and the boot is suitably vast but the largely pointless rear seats, where the middle seat folds up and the outer two slide back to give rear passengers more space, remains. Why not 3 individual seats? Rear parcel cover is flimsy, too.
It's just wee bit more cash than the equivalent Focus and you do get a lot of extra space for your money. It also holds its value reasonably well and is very cheap to run making it a great private buy.
Basic models are just that - basic. The Activ adds electric mirrors, air conditioning, a trip computer, driver's armrest, picnic trays, 16-inch alloys, tinted rear glass, fog lights, leather wheel and boot cover, with top models adding a panoramic roof, park aids & Xenon lights.
Seven engines are offered in the C-Max, with the 110hp 1.6-petrol and 90hp/109hp 1.6-diesels proving the most popular. All engines cope well but 1.8 FlexiFuel offers more power for less cash thanks to VRT rebate. 2.0 diesel and petrols are noticeably peppier.