Ford C-MAX (2010–)

Last updated 10 August 2018

Neat styling. More practical than a Focus. Fine blend of ride comfort, handling and driver enjoyment. 1.6 TDCi emits 119g/km. High quality interior.
Small back window cuts rearwards visibility. 18-inch wheels give hard ride. 1.0 Ecoboost has same driveline problems as Focus. Lot of injector failures on 1.6TDCIs.
Updated 10 August 2018

Report of two injectors needed on 2013 Ford C-Max 1.6TDCI. 42 faults reported since 1-12-2012.

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Introduction

The original Ford C-MAX was a compact MPV with a good reputation for handling and build quality but was left behind by the competition in certain areas, not least a lack of rear seat flexibility and the fact it only had five seats. With similar-size people carriers such as the Vauxhall Zafira and Volkswagen Touran offering seven seats as standard, the C-MAX couldn't compete.

However, Ford has addressed that problem by introducing two new versions of the C-MAX. There's the seven-seat Grand C-MAX which is actually seen as the successor to the previous C-MAX. And then there's this new C-MAX (with the standard five seats) which is designed to appeal to buyers who are after more space than a regular family hatchback, but who don't want to sacrifice a sporty design or good handling.

The marketing experts at Ford reckon that for those owners who liked the practicality and comfort of the outgoing Focus, the C-MAX will be the car for them, with the Focus aimed more as a 'driver's car'. The C-MAX and Focus share the same chassis so it's no surprise that the compact MPV perfectly blends ride, handling and comfort together.

There's a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel engines. Making its debut in the Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX is the all-new four-cylinder 1.6-litre 150bhp and 180bhp Ford EcoBoost engines which come with a new six-speed manual gearbox. This gearbox is also fitted in the 1.6 TDCi and 2.0 TDCi models while driver's who prefer an automatic transmission, the dual-clutch Powershift six-speed automatic option is available with the 2.0 TDCI engine and delivers emissions of 149g/km.

From 2010, the Ford C-Mas has been built at Ford's Valencia plant in Spain.

Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max 2010 Road Test

Ford Grand C-Max 2.0 TDCI Long Term Test

Owners' reviews

4
Great car ,economic, comfortable ,roomy,quiet,enough power when needed.
5
Best car I have ever owned including an Audi
4
Great family transport, quick agile and fugal
3
Good in parts
4
Excellent, economic family transport
4
Love driving it.
 

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