Ford C-Max was previously known as Ford Focus C-Max. It’s an MPV launched in 2003 by Ford motors. Ford launched C-Max as the first hybrid-only vehicle in 2013. It has a longer wheelbase and is high-roofed. Ford C-Max and Focus are almost the same in size, but C-Max has more seating flexibility, storage space, making it more practical overall.
C-Max comes in 3 trims, Zetec, Titanium, and Titanium X. Engine choices begin with turbocharged 1.0-liter petrol. Ford C-Max gives a modern glimpse of future eco-friendly cars. It is more fun to drive than some other hybrids out there. This multi-purpose vehicle is much comfortable to drive. It reduces the effect of any bumps on the road, which makes it one of the best family cars. The only rival C-Max has is Citroen C4 Picasso. If you need some extra space, you can go to Grand C-Max which has seven seats.
Ford C-Max Features
The new Ford C-Max is equipped with Ford’s new engine, 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol. It also has segment-first hands-free to gain easy access to the trunk. It is also equipped with Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and an adaptive front lights system.
Ford C-Max is now available in Red Rush color and brown-grey shade. Its dynamic style gives a gleaming and stronger look of the front end equipped with the trapezoidal grille. The washer jets have been moved beneath the windscreen to complement the new look of C-Max. The headlamps are more gleaming and rectangular and the tail lamp design is more compacted. Zetec trim has 16-inch alloy wheels and heated door mirrors.
The Interior of C-Max is quite similar to Ford Focus. Its interior is spacious and comfortable with an easy-to-use infotainment system. Ford C-Max has power-adjustable seats. Titanium trim has leather-trimmed front seats. The dashboard feels more stretched away from the driver’s seat. All C-Max models are equipped with a display that gets better with the newer models.
The standard infotainment system is 4.2-inch, including Bluetooth connectivity, media streaming, and a USB port. Titanium and Titanium extra come with an upgraded infotainment system. Each seat can be folded down easily. Seats in C-Max are supportive and firm, and the driving position is well adjusted to get a good view of the road.
The newer models of C-Max have SYNC2 and SYNC3 infotainment system which has a split-screen display with many details and it also functions with voice commands. New C-Max offers an upgraded sound system with 10 Sony speakers.
Ford C-Max has a good-sized boot, good enough for loads of luggage, but it doesn’t offer an adjustable-height boot floor. Most competitors have an advantage over this factor. C-Max has a 471-liter boot size which is more compare to Renault Scenic (437-litres) but smaller than Citroen C4 Picasso (537-litres). Boot capacity can be increase to 1851-liters after folding down the seats.
Driving and Handling
Ford C-Max excels in terms of driving and performance. The front-end grip is awesome, giving you more control over the corners. Although Focus and C-Max are somewhat similar you’ll find improvements in C-Max. It gives you a more comfortable drive and reduces the noise more than its previous versions.
If you want a family-type car yet want to enjoy the ride, Ford C-Max is for you. The light steering wheel is electrically assisted and it is good enough for making easy low-speed mobility, yet it is also delicate and sharp, giving you a more stable ride whether you’re driving through the country roads or motorway. The entry-level engine, 105bhp 1.6-litre is kind of overburdened, so Ford came up with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
If you want to upgrade the driving experience, you should go for turbocharged 1.6 EcoBoost with 150bhp. It sure will give you a brilliant driving experience. All C-Max models are equipped with a torque vectoring system, giving you the best grip possible.
Ford C-Max is competitively more priced than its competitors which are offering some more specifications in less amount. The price range for Ford C-Max starts from £23,000. If you have the budget, you can spend £1,600 extra for Grand C-Max. Titanium upgrade will cost £1,700 extra and Titanium X costs £2,000 more.
One of the most efficient engines for C-Max is the 118bhp 1.5 TDCi diesel engine which gives a mileage of 48.7 mpg. The new C-Max gives improved CO2 emission, expected to give a 20% reduction. The fuel economy for Grand C-Max is 45.6mpg with CO2 emission of 127g/km. 1.5 EcoBoost gives the CO2 emission around 174g/km. The new EcoBoost engines are best for C-Max. 1.0-litre with 98bhp has a fuel economy of 42.2mpg with CO2 emission of 127g/km. All models for Ford C-Max will cost up to £140 a year (tax).
Ford C-Max: Safety Features
Ford C-Max is equipped with new advanced tech which can help you avoid minor accidents while parking to something more serious collisions. Ford C-Max comes with Ford’s active parking assist with new ultrasonic sensors which give you cross-traffic warnings. Ford made some improvements to its Active City Stop collision system which senses the objects ahead. Adaptive cruise control tech helps drivers to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead. A Blind-spot monitoring function is also available in C-Max.
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Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max offer comfort and an amazing driving experience. It is practical and fun to drive, better than most hybrids. C-Max is considered being one of the best, family-focused cars in its class. It has a decent build design, equipped with advanced tech.
The choices for engines are broad from turbocharged 1.0-liter petrol to a 2.0-liter diesel engine. It's available in three trim editions, each one has some new features. C-Max passed the NCAP safety test with a 5-star rating. All C-Max models get curtain bags for driver and passenger seats.
But its rival Citroen C4 Picasso got higher ratings than C-Max. It comes with three years/60,000-mile warranty (standard). C-Max gives an amazing experience with an enhanced interior and exterior and it is equipped with advanced driver-assist tech.