Ford C-MAX (2010 – 2019) Review

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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28–62 mpg

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Which hybrid cars do you recommend with a higher driving position?
"What would be a suitable hybrid car as a replacement for a 2010 Ford C-Max TDCi? I like the high driving position that a C-Max gives. I do mostly local driving and longer journeys 4-5 times a year. My budget is about £16,000. Reliability and low cost are fairly important. "
The Toyota C-HR might be worth a look, your budget will get you a car from 2018 with Toyota's 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid engine. The C-HR is a small SUV so you get a raised driving position, while its hybrid engine should return excellent fuel economy in a mixture of driving. You will notice the C-HR is tighter in the back than your C-Max, if that's an issue the Toyota Prius+ is an MPV version of its popular petrol-electric hybrid. It is more spacious than the C-HR if not as stylish. Reviews of both cars are below. C-HR: Prius+:
Answered by Russell Campbell
What automatic car do you recommend for around £5,000?
"I am looking for a practical automatic medium-sized workhorse car for around £5,000. The Ford C-Max 2.0 TDCi fits the bill, but does this model have the Powershift gearbox, or are the bigger engines fitted with something better? If it has, can you suggest something else reliable?"
The C-Max is fitted with a Powershift gearbox. I would consider the Toyota Avensis estate 2.2-litre diesel auto. It has loads of room inside and they're considered to be extremely tough, we have had few reports of issues:
Answered by Russell Campbell
Is the Ford C-MAX a good used car?
"Is it worth buying a second-hand C-MAX, given it has been axed by Ford?"
The C-MAX is a very good car. There are lots on the used market and Ford only discontinued the model to focus on the SUV market with the Puma. If you are looking for a practical and comfortable car with a good level of standard kit, the C-MAX is a good choice. Our full review is found here:
Answered by Dan Powell
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
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