Ford C-MAX (2010 – 2019) Review

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Ford C-MAX (2010 – 2019) At A Glance


+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. Axed from Ford model range April 2019.

New prices start from £22,295
Insurance Groups are between 10–27
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

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.

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Real MPG average for a Ford C-MAX (2010 – 2019)


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Average performance


Real MPG

28–62 mpg

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A garage has delayed my car's repair for 3 months. What should I do?
"I bought a 2010 Ford C-MAX on 1 September 2020. It has a faulty heater matrix and a warranty, so the car has been at the dealer since 22 December. Apparently, they're waiting for a special tool. Can you advise me on what to do next?"
If the dealer is unable to repair the car (or provide a realistic date on the repair) then I would ask for a refund, minus a fair deduction for the usage you're already had from the car. For your legal rights, see:
Answered by Dan Powell
Ford Grand C-MAX 'child lock malfunction' message
"I own a 2013 Ford C-MAX. Recently, it has started to show a 'child lock malfunction' message on the information display. The key fob no longer locks or unlocks the rear door (driver's side) and the power window also doesn't work. I have checked the fuse and it's fine. I have also sprayed WD40 on all hinges & switches, but no luck. Can anyone please tell me how to resolve this malfunction?"
Sometimes this can be cured by pressing down the child lock button on the door. It can be the case that it's triggered by a low battery if the car isn't getting used - in which case you could consider a trickle charger.
Answered by Keith Moody
Water is leaking into the boot of my car. Do you know what could be causing it?
"My 2017 Ford C-Max appears to have a leak somewhere in the boot area, which results in water collecting in the bottom of the spare wheel holding area. It's still under Ford warranty (I bought it as a Ford Direct used car). The dealer so far has had no success in locating where the leak is. Do you have any ideas? Many thanks."
This is usually caused by a crack or hole in the rear light cluster. A faulty door seal will also cause water ingress. The best way to find the culprit is to dry the interior, shut the boot and then pour water over the car. When you open the boot again you should be able to see which route the water is taking to enter the interior.
Answered by Dan Powell
Ford C-MAX - 1.6 Duratec or 1.0 EcoBoost?
"We are thinking of replacing our 2013 Ford Fiesta, which uses the 1.25 Ford Duratec engine. We are looking at the C-MAX, but can't decide between the 1.6 Duratec or 1.0 EcoBoost. Having talked to a few friends in the trade they all say avoid the EcoBoost. Are they really as bad as people say?"
I'd agree with your friends in the trade. We've had many issues reported with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost:
Answered by Andrew Brady

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