Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 8" touch screen
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Driver's information system
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • Electric power steering
  • Ford SYNC bluetooth connection with advanced voice control and USB port
  • Multi function display colour screen
  • SYNC 3 nav system
  • SYNC Emergency Assistance
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • DAB radio/CD player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Body colour bumpers with black rubbing strip
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Chrome beltline
  • Chrome finish on upper door line
  • Electric front windows
  • Front fog lamps
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Quickclear heated windscreen

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear
  • Air conditioning
  • Auxiliary power socket
  • Centre armrest with storage box
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Courtesy light in luggage compartment
  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment
  • Driver's seat manual height adjust
  • Front floor mats
  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Fully adjustable front headrests
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Leather gearknob
  • Premium centre console with armrest
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Sports style front seats
  • Three adjustable rear head restraints
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 40/20/40

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS + traction control
  • Active city stop
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Emergency brake assist
  • ESP
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
  • MyKey system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti-theft immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central double locking
  • Thatcham 1 volume sensing alarm

Trim

  • Satin black trim

Wheels

  • 16" 5x2 spoke alloy wheels
  • Mini steel spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

174

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1498

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

79

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

76.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

37.2

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

45.6

EC Urban (mpg)

28

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

150

Based On ID

Coin Description

EcoBoost

Coin Series

Zetec Navigation

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

20E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

1

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

76

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

60

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

3

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

59

NCAP Safety Assist %

29

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

12500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

96

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

150000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.2

Engine Power - BHP

150

Engine Power - KW

110

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

177

Engine Torque - MKG

24.5

Engine Torque - NM

240

Top Speed

124

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/55 R16

Tyre Size Rear

215/55 R16

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

5x2 SPOKE

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1610

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4379

Wheelbase

2648

Width

1828

Width (including mirrors)

2067

Weight and Capacities

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1684

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

432

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

695

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.7

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

In truth, Ford didn't need to do a whole lot to the C-MAX to keep it right at the head of the pack. The improvements to the interior and the big efficiency gains leveraged by the 2.0-litre diesel, as well as the introduction of the 1.5-litre diesel, are all worthy updates but the overall look, feel and appeal of the C-MAX hasn't been markedly altered. Still, the arrival of new entrants into this market, most notably the Volkswagen Golf SV, means that if Ford had been content to rest on its laurels it could well have seen the C-MAX rapidly slip from grace. As it stands, this much improved second generation car looks to have what it takes to keep its rivals on its toes for some time yet. The more some things change, the more they stay the same.

Background

Compromise doesn't have to be a dirty word. In fact, intelligent compromise is exactly what underpins the design of Ford's C-MAX compact MPV. Here's a car that needs to be big enough to fit family and luggage but not so big that it's too hard to pilot around town or park. It requires an engine with the torque to move a fully loaded car but not one that's so thirsty that the family purse strings are going to be stretched to breaking point. It would need all the modern safety and convenience features that buyers demand, but pricing that isn't out of reach of wage packets that already have school uniforms to buy and hungry mouths to feed. Hitting the sweet spot in all of those decisions and many others beside is where the expertise lies and is the reason why the C-MAX is one of the biggest selling cars in its class. Ford first introduced this compact MPV model in 2003 and since then has sold more than 1.2 million in Europe and currently holds a 12% market share. This heavily revised second generation model looks to make further inroads into the shares of rivals like the Citroen C4 Picasso, the Volkswagen Golf SV, the Renault Scenic and the Peugeot 3008.

Driving Experience

The C-MAX was always an easy pick for anyone who enjoyed driving. It was by far the best car in its class when showed a B-road. Now that the Golf SV is around, that superiority is no longer quite so cut and dried, but it's still a class act. Particular attention this time round has been paid to improving refinement. Noise, vibration and harshness have been improved through the use of thicker side glass and more absorbent seals around the tailgate and rear view mirror. The engine bay heat shield has been filled with acoustic damping material to reduce powertrain noise and diesel variants are equipped with extra acoustic seals to further reduce noise intrusion. A re-tuned dual mass flywheel helps to reduce shaking forces when the engine is under load, while revised engine mounts offer improved refinement during Auto-Start-Stop operation. The star of the engine line-up is the 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, seen for the first time in the C-MAX, replacing the old 1.6-litre unit. Power goes up by five per cent while emissions drop by six points. There are also the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, offered once again in 100 and 125PS outputs. The big capacity diesel in the range is a revised 150PS 2.0-litre unit.

Design and Build

The design of this C-MAX is evolutionary, with many of the details being brought up to date to reflect contemporary Ford thinking. The dynamic styling delivers a stronger, sleeker front end, featuring Ford's distinctive inverted trapezoidal grille. The washer jets have been hidden underneath the windscreen to give a cleaner look while the tailgate has been given a smoother and more sophisticated one-piece appearance. Inside, you'll find a dash that's a lot less fussy than the previous model, reflecting the customer-led design refinements that have already been executed on the Focus. There are fewer controls and switches, while the new black satin trim and chrome detailing contributes to a cleaner look. Functions are simpler to use, such as the air-conditioning controls that now feature buttons that are easier to recognise and distinguish from each other. Practicality improves too, with a redesigned centre storage console. The seats still tumble down individually in one motion to create a flat floor, with over 470-litres of space with all five seats in place.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £18,000 and range up to just over £26,000, so there's a model-for-model saving of around £1,600 over the larger Grand C-MAX model if you don't need that version's 7-seat capacity. Ford has gone quite big on electronic gizmos in this latest iteration of the C-MAX. The last model also had a lot of smart tech features and Ford rightly left most of them on the options list, giving customers the choice of whether they wanted to pay extra or not for these nice-to-haves. You can now get one of those tailgate openers which operate when you wave your foot under the bumper. These have always struck us as a little strange because if you're so laden down that you can't open the boot, are you really going to stand there doing one-legged manoeuvres? Anyway, there's also a perpendicular parking system and Active City Stop collision avoidance that operates at up to 31mph. Ford's latest Sync2 voice-activated connectivity system is also on offer, delivering smartphone sync and the chance to control some of the car's minor functions by voice command. The clearer eight-inch colour touchscreen is a welcome addition. Ford also bring us MyKey technology, which lets parents set a top speed and limit stereo volume in advance to prevent the young 'uns getting a bit overexcited.

Cost of Ownership

The diesel models really come into their own when you're willing to put some miles on the clock. If you want the C-MAX as a mere school run and shopping vehicle, you'd actually be better advised going for one of the economical 1.0-litre petrol models as they're priced so cheaply as to be a more cost-effective purchase. The 1.0-litre variants return 117g/km of CO2. Really leverage the economy benefits of the diesel engine though and you'll save big. The 1.5-litre TDCI diesel returns a combined fuel economy figure of better than 65mpg with 105g/km of CO2, which is excellent for a car of this size and with this much torque. Go for the 2.0-litre and it will also get around 60mpg. Insurance reflects the C-MAX's family owner profile, excellent safety and security record and low cost of repairs. The 1.6-litre model is expected to be rated at just Group 16E. Compare that to Group 19E for a 110PS diesel Renault Scenic.