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What is it?
The Ford C-Max is a medium size five-seat family people carrier that’s also available in Grand C-Max form, featuring a longer body and seven seats. There are four trim levels, five engine choices and two automatic transmission options. This second- generation C-Max was introduced in 2012, and facelifted in 2015.
What is the Ford C-Max like to drive?
Satisfyingly tidy handling through corners may not seem the first prerequisite of an MPV, but the C-Max is notable for its prowess in this direction, as well as a comfortable ride. More importantly, it’s spacious and versatile too. Although a three-cylinder 1.0 engine does not sound man enough for the job it proves to be a more than adequate hauler, as is the petrol 1.6. The 1.5 TDCi diesel provides the best blend of performance and economy however, while the 2.0 TDCi is useful if heavy loads are regularly carried. All the engines make a good cruiser of the C-Max, the 1.0 three cylinder particularly refined on the motorway and around town. The high seating position provides a good view out despite the C-Max’s thickish pillars, and most of the controls are pleasing to use and logically arranged.
What engines are available?
There are three petrol options and two diesels. Petrols start with a 100hp 1.0 three cylinder Ecoboost and include a 125hp version of the same engine. There is also a 125hp 1.6 Ti-VCT four cylinder. The diesel choice is of a 120hp 1.5 TDCi and a 150hp 2.0 TDCi. The 1.6 Ti-VCT is not available with the Grand C-Max. A six-speed Powershift automatic is optionally available with both diesels. All versions come with a six-speed manual as standard apart from the five-speed 1.6 Ti-VCT.
What are the key standard features of the Ford C-Max?
The entry-level C-Max Zetec comes with Bluetooth, DAB radio/CD player with aux-in/USB port, 4.2in touchscreen, voice control, 40:20:40 split folding rear seats (middle row in the case of Grand C-Max), manual air conditioning, heated windscreen, height adjustable driver’s seat, driver’s lumbar adjuster, remote central locking, electric front windows, four-way adjustable leather multifunction steering wheel, heated door mirrors, hill-start assist, trip computer, front foglights, centre armrest, programmable key, 12v socket, 16in alloy wheels.
- Grand Zetec: (over Zetec): sliding rear side doors, reclining second row backrests, foldaway centre seat, rear tonneau cover, four electric windows, rear parking sensors.
- Titanium (over Zetec): reclining second row backrests, foldaway centre seat, 8.0in touchscreen, auto lights and wipers, four electric windows, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, sliding centre armrest, height adjustable passenger seat, 17in alloys.
- Grand Titanium (over Titanium): sliding rear side doors, reclining second row backrests, foldaway centre seat, heated front seats, rear tonneau cover, 17in alloys.
- Titanium X (over Titanium): electrically adjustable eight-way driver’s seat, part-leather upholstery, panoramic roof, bi-xenon headlights, headlight washers powerfold mirrors.
- Grand Titanium X (over Titanium X): sliding rear side doors, reclining second row backrests, foldaway centre seat, rear tonneau cover, rear-parking sensors.
What are the key options?
Family pack (rear door sunblinds, reading lights, picnic tables), appearance packs, convenience packs, winter pack, sat-nav, rear-parking sensors, automated parking, keyless go, blindspot system, active city stop, adaptive cruise control
How spacious is the Ford C-Max?
Both C-Max and Grand C-Max provide plenty of leg and headroom, and the latter’s third row of seats is comfortable for children. Seating for four adults is generous, a fifth acceptable. The C-Max has a large and well-shaped boot, its seats fold and can also be removed to create a cavernous load area. The cabin is well-designed for smaller items too.
What will it cost to run?
CO2 emissions range from 113g/km for the 120hp 1.5 TDCi Grand C-Max diesel manual to 149g/km for the 125hp petrol 1.6 Ti-VCT C-Max manual. The lowest emission petrol engines are the 100hp and 125hp 1.0 Ecoboosts, which both record 117g/km. The official combined fuel consumption spans from 64.2mpg for the 1.5 TDCI manual C-Max and Grand C-Max to 44.1mpg for the 1.6 Ti-VCT petrol. Benefit-in-kind exposure ranges from 16% for the two petrol Ecoboost 1.0 engines to 22% for the 1.6 Ti-VCT. All versions have stop-start apart from the 1.6 Ti-VCT.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, the headbags extending to the second row, antilock brakes, traction control and ESP anti-skid control, alarm are standard. Power childlocks are standard on all models apart from the C-Max Zetec, which has manual childlocks. Active city stop, radar cruise control with collision alert and autonomous emergency braking, reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems are optional. The C-Max achieved a full five star NCAP safety rating. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats on the second row.
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