Ford C-MAX (2010–2019)

Model History

September 2009

New C-MAX unveiled

For the first time, Ford's people carrier customers will have the choice of a five-seat C-MAX or the new seven-seat Grand C-MAX, which features twin sliding doors and innovative seat design to provide outstanding space and flexibility.

4,380mm long x 1,828mm (2,067 with mirrors) wide x 1,858mm high.

The all-new Ford C-MAX range, buit at Ford's Valencia plant in Spain, introduces a number of advanced new technologies including the availability of new and powerful, yet highly fuel-efficient, low-CO2 Ford EcoBoost petrol engines.The new C-MAX models are also the first products to be launched from Ford's new, global C-segment vehicle platform, and are previewed at Frankfurt in pre-production form prior to their European sales launch in late 2010.

The C-MAX and Grand C-MAX have been deliberately designed with two distinct characters.

The five-seat C-MAX departs from usual MAV thinking by adopting a sportier feel with a stylish passenger-car look. It features a coupé-like, sweeping roofline which falls off to the rear, yet still retains the traditional C-MAX virtues of roominess and practicality. Its window graphic follows the bold form of the Fiesta and Kuga, with a strong kick-up at the C-pillar. At the rear, the tailgate design has echoes of the larger S-MAX, with its sportier treatment of the rear window.

The seven-seat Grand C-MAX presents a more functional appearance which highlights the extra space and versatility provided by the car. With a longer wheelbase, the seven-seat model features a higher roofline and thinner pillars which emphasise the generous room and visibility on offer within the cabin. The twin sliding doors are neatly integrated, with the rail cleverly concealed by the undercut line on the shoulder of the vehicle. The large tailgate design ensures a low loading height, while the stylish intersection between the tail lamps and rear glass gives a family resemblance to the Galaxy, Ford's largest people mover.

Key design features include the taut, wing-like section of the upper instrument panel (IP), which reaches out to the sides of the interior. A dramatic bull horn shape sweeps down from the lower IP, emphasising the smooth flow from the IP into the centre console. The cockpit provides a commanding, raised driving position with high mounted gearshift and centre console.

The central control area builds on the much acclaimed layout in the new Fiesta, with lower series models using the same ergonomic control design, while high series vehicles use next generation Sony head units with a gloss black finish. Carefully designed storage areas are located throughout the cabin, including generous door pockets, a large glove box, and additional compartments and cupholders in the centre console.

The five-seat C-MAX retains the seating arrangement from the current model with three individual 40/20/40 folding seats, and the option of the Comfort system which allows the outer seats to slide diagonally backwards and inwards to create a spacious 2+2 layout.

The C-MAX range introduces a number of advanced new vehicle and powertrain technologies to the compact people carrier class to enhance comfort, safety and sustainability. In addition to upgraded versions of Fords highly acclaimed TDCi diesel engines, the new C-MAX line-up will also feature a choice of petrol engines, including Ford's 1.6-litre four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine, to be built at the company's Bridgend plant in Wales.

Ford's new global family of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines has been developed by Ford powertrain engineers based in the U.K. and is being progressively introduced to the European product range starting in 2010. EcoBoost combines turbocharging and direct injection technology to deliver fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 per cent compared to conventional larger displacement petrol engines with a similar power output.

Ford EcoBoost technology is more affordable than equivalent hybrid or diesel engine designs, and builds on existing petrol engine knowledge to provide customers with a way to improve fuel economy and emissions significantly without compromising driving performance.

The combination of direct fuel injection, advanced turbocharging, and variable valve timing creates a much more efficient combustion process. This enables Ford EcoBoost technology to deliver the strong low-end torque and responsive performance of a large capacity engine, but with the size, weight and fuel economy of a much smaller unit. The new C-MAX will also feature the option of Fords latest high efficiency PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is proving an increasingly popular choice on the current model.

Among the new technologies are semi-automatic parallel parking, blind spot detection, seat belt warning lights for rear seat passengers, power-activated child locks and power operation for the tailgate. Fuel-efficient, low-CO2 powertrains for the C-MAX range include the new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine and updated 1.6- and 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

October 2010

Ford’s Valencia Plant in Spain will build the company’s first hybrid models for European customers with two advanced technology derivatives of the all-new five-seat Ford C-MAX compact multi-activity model to be launched in 2013 – a full hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The fifth vehicle will also be a next-generation hybrid-electric model and will be announced at a later time.

The upcoming new Ford C-MAX PHEV and HEV models, like the company’s next-generation hybrids, will use the company’s powersplit architecture with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle engine in combination with a high-voltage electric traction motor generator and a lithium-ion battery system.

In a powersplit hybrid, the electric motor and petrol-powered engine can work together or separately to maximize efficiency. The engine also can operate independently of vehicle speed, charging the batteries or providing power to the wheels as needed. The motor alone can provide sufficient power to the wheels in low-speed, low-load conditions, and work with the engine at higher speeds. As a result, the current-generation Fusion Hybrid can operate in gas-saving electric mode up to 47 mph under certain conditions for short distances.

Comparatively, Ford’s future plug-in hybrid is being designed to operate in electric mode at even higher speeds than the current generation. The plug-in hybrid will stretch its fuel efficiency further than a hybrid by enabling the user to recharge the lithium-ion battery by plugging the vehicle into the electrical grid. As a result, plug-in hybrids have more battery energy to draw upon and can go further without using the gas-powered engine.

Plug-in hybrid users will want to recharge their vehicles overnight, because the cost of electricity is typically lower during off-peak hours. While a plug-in hybrid does not need to be plugged in to operate due to its petrol engine backup, it is designed to operate most efficiently when the battery has been fully charged.

On startup, Ford’s future plug-in hybrid will operate in charge-depletion mode. When the battery has been depleted or certain conditions are met, it switches to charge-sustaining hybrid mode for continued optimal fuel efficiency. After the battery is depleted, the vehicle will drive like a regular hybrid electric vehicle.

October 2010

New Ford C-MAX goes on sale

Both the sporty but spacious five-seater and the Grand, a versatile seven-seater, come with a simplified two-series line-up – Zetec and Titanium. Prices start from £16,745 for the C-MAX Zetec and £18,745 for the C-MAX Grand Zetec. The Ford C-Max Zetec 1.6TDCI 5-seater comes in at 119g/km so £30 VED 2010/2011.

With almost two-thirds of UK buyers in this segment now seeking seven-seat flexibility, the Ford Grand C-MAX becomes the spiritual successor to the old model, which was also designed to maximise practicality. Priced from £18,745 for the 1.6-litre petrol 125PS Zetec, the Grand offers family-friendly flexibility, with the extra utility of twin sliding doors, versatile seating and improved engine efficiency. The Grand Zetec with 115PS 1.6-litre TDCi, the anticipated volume seller in the UK, is priced at £19,745 - £750 less than the outgoing equivalent.

The five-seat model will appeal to customers seeking more space than a regular family hatchback, but who do not want to sacrifice sporty design or driving dynamics. On the road prices start from £16,745 for the 1.6-litre petrol Zetec.

Standard equipment on all models includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, Thatcham category one alarm, DAB radio/CD and Bluetooth with USB connectivity and voice control. Grand C-MAX has powered child-proof locks on the rear dual sliding doors, and rear parking sensors.

The Titanium trim supplements these features with auto front wipers and headlamps, dual electronic automatic temperature control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, hill launch assist, keyless start, cruise control with speed limiter, premium Sony audio, and tyre deflation detection system. The Grand C-MAX Titanium also has power folding mirrors.

Customers will be offered 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 150PS Ford EcoBoost engine which comes with a new six-speed manual gearbox. This gearbox also accompanies the 1.6 TDCi and 2.0 TDCi powertrains, which are jointly projected to account for around 50 per cent of sales. For those preferring an automatic transmission, the dual-clutch Powershift six-speed automatic option is available with the 2.0 TDCi powertrain.

Powertrain and Pricing Overview

Engine PS CO 2

Ford C-MAX

5-seat

Ford Grand C-MAX

7-seat

Duratec Petrol 5-seat/7-seat Zetec Titanium Zetec Titanium
1.6 TI-VCT 105 154 £16,745 - - -
1.6 TI-VCT 125 154 / 159 - £18,745 £18,745 £19,995
1.6 Ecoboost 150 154 / 159 - £19,745 - £20,995
Duratorq Diesel
1.6 TDCi 115 119 / 129 £18,245 £19,745 £19,745 £20,995
2.0 TDCi 140 134 / 139 - £20,745 £20,745 £21,995
2.0 TDCi (Powershift Auto) 140 149 / 154 - £21,995 £21,995 £23,245
Performance and Economy

C-MAX

Fuel consumption
l/100 km (mpg)

Performance

Engine

Power
(PS)

CO 2
(g/km)

Urban

Extra
Urban

Combined

Max speed kph (mph)

0-100 kph
0-62 mph
(sec)

50-100 kph
31-62 mph
(sec)*

1.6 TiVCT (5-sp man)

105

154

8.7 (32.5)

5.3 (53.3)

6.6 (42.8)

180 (112)

12.6

15.5

1.6 TiVCT (5-sp man)

125

154

8.7 (32.5)

5.3 (53.3)

6.6 (42.8)

188 (117)

11.5

13.9

1.6 EcoBoost (6-sp man)

150

154

8.8 (32.1)

5.3 (53.3)

6.6 (42.8)

204 (127)

9.4

8.8

1.6 EcoBoost (6-sp man)

180

154

8.8 (32.1)

5.3 (53.3)

6.6 (42.8)

217 (135)

8.5

8.8

1.6 TDCi (6-sp man)

95

119

5.4 (52.3)

4.1 (68.9)

4.6 (61.4)

170 (106)

TBC

13.4

1.6 TDCi (6-sp man)

115

119

5.4 (52.3)

4.1 (68.9)

4.6 (61.4)

184 (114)

TBC

11.2

2.0 TDCi (6-sp PowerShift)

115

149

7.1 (39.8)

4.8 (58.9)

5.6 (50.4)

185 (115)

11.8

n/a

2.0 TDCi (6-sp man)

140

134

6.4 (44.1)

4.4 (64.2)

5.1 (55.4)

201 (125)

9.6

9.2

2.0 TDCi (6-sp PowerShift)

140

149

7.1 (39.8)

4.8 (58.9)

5.6 (50.4)

200 (124)

10.1

n/a

2.0 TDCi (6-sp man)

163

134

6.4 (44.1)

4.4 (64.2)

5.1 (55.4)

210 (130)

8.6

8.9

2.0 TDCi (6-sp PowerShift)

163

149

7.1 (39.8)

4.8 (58.9)

5.6 (50.4)

207 (129)

9.3

n/a

Grand C-MAX

Fuel consumption
l/100 km (mpg)

Performance

Engine

Power
(PS)

CO 2
(g/km)

Urban

Extra
Urban

Combined

Max. speed kph (mph)

0-100 kph
0-62 mph
(sec)

50-100 kph
31-62 mph
(sec)*

1.6 TiVCT (5-sp man)

105

159

8.9 (31.7)

5.7 (49.6)

6.9 (40.9)

177 (110)

13.5

14.7

1.6 TiVCT (5-sp man)

125

159

8.9 (31.7)

5.7 (49.6)

6.9 (40.9)

185 (115)

12.3

14.4

1.6 EcoBoost (6-sp man)

150

159

9.2 (30.7)

5.5 (51.4)

6.8 (41.5)

202 (126)

9.9

9.4

1.6 EcoBoost (6-sp man)

180

159

9.2 (30.7)

5.5 (51.4)

6.8 (41.5)

215 (134)

8.9

9.4

1.6 TDCi (6-sp man)

95

129

5.8 (48.7)

4.4 (64.2)

4.9 (57.7)

166 (103)

TBC

13.5

1.6 TDCi (6-sp man)

115

129

5.8 (48.7)

4.4 (64.2)

4.9 (57.7)

180 (112)

TBC

11.3

2.0 TDCi (6-sp PowerShift)

115

154

7.4 (38.2)

5.0 (56.5)

5.8 (48.7)

182 (113)

12.3

n/a

2.0 TDCi (6-sp man)

140

139

6.6 (42.8)

4.5 (62.8)

5.3 (53.3)

200 (124)

10.1

9.3

2.0 TDCi (6-sp PowerShift)

140

154

7.4 (38.2)

5.0 (56.5)

5.8 (48.7)

198 (123)

10.5

n/a

2.0 TDCi (6-sp man)

163

139

6.6 (42.8)

4.5 (62.8)

5.3 (53.3)

205 (127)

9.2

9.0

2.0 TDCi (6-sp PowerShift)

163

154

7.4 (38.2)

5.0 (56.5)

5.8 (48.7)

204 (127)

9.8

n/a

* in fourth gear

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

C-MAX

Grand C-MAX

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior

Overall length

4380

4520

Overall width with/without mirrors

2067/1828

2067/1828

Overall width with folded back mirrors

1858

1858

Overall max height (unladen)

1626

1684 (1698*)

Wheelbase

2648

2788

Track front min/max depending on tyre size and wheel offsett

1544/1559

1544/1559

Track rear min/max

1554/1569

1554/1569

Interior

Front headroom

1041

1038

Front max legroom

1083

1083

Front shoulder room

1422

1422

2 nd Row headroom

981

988

2 nd Row legroom (Grand min/max)

916

864 (864-966)

2 nd Row shoulder room

1402

1427

Luggage capacity (litres) ‡

(7-seat model)

7-seat mode, laden to package tray (with mini spare)

56

7-seat mode, laden to package tray (with tyre repair kit)

92

7-seat mode, laden to roof (with mini spare)

79

7-seat mode, laden to roof (with tyre repair kit)

115

5-seat mode, laden to package tray (with mini spare)

432

439

5-seat mode, laden to package tray (with tyre repair kit)

471

475

5-seat mode, laden to roof (with mini spare)

627

719

5-seat mode, laden to roof (with tyre repair kit)

666

755

2-seat mode, laden to roof (with mini spare)

1684

1706

2-seat mode, laden to roof (with tyre repair kit)

1723

1742

Fuel tank capacity (litres)

Petrol

55

60

Diesel

53 (60**)

60

October 2011

Unlike most compact seven-seaters the Grand C-MAX has space for a spare wheel, which is optional at £80.

May 2013

Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX now available with 100PS and 125PS 1.0 EcoBoost engines, from £18,140 for C-MAX 1.0 Ecoboost 100 Zetec, from £18,640 for C-MAX 1.0 Ecoboost 125 Zetec and from £20,240 for Grand C-MAX Ecoboost 125 Zetec.

March 2014

Facelifted EU6 C-Max and Grand C-Max announced at list prices from £18,195. "sleek exterior design, beautifully crafted interior and smart new stowage ideas, offers major fuel efficiency and emissions improvements." Advanced technology includes Ford's SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system, Perpendicular Parking and improved Active City Stop, first seen on the new Focus. The new Grand C-MAX, with prices starting at £20,295, continues to feature Ford's innovative twin sliding doors and "walk-through" seat design for greater convenience, space and flexibility. Both the new C-MAX and Grand C-Max now offer Hands-Free Tailgate, a segment first. 160PS and 182PS 1.6 Ecoboost engines dropped from range.

July 2014

Warranty Direct claims records show the 2010-current Ford C-Max to be the 2nd most reliable used MPV out of manufacturer warranty, though, of course, the oldest have only been out of manufacturer warranty for a year.

July 2016

C-Max 1.0 EcoBoost 125 and 1.5 Ecoboost 150 automatics now come with a 6-speed torque converter auto. 1.5TDCI remains with 6-speed Powershift on which warranty now extended to 5 years. 2.0TDCI autos have wet clutch 6-speed Powershift.

What does a Ford C-MAX (2010 – 2019) cost?

Contract hire from £230.88 per month