The Ford C-Max is one of the best cars in its class and is also surprisingly nice to drive for a family-focused people carrier. Before choosing the C-Max it’s worth taking a close look at some of the competition out there, not least the Citroen C4 Picasso, VW Touran and Renault Scenic.
Looking somewhat like a bulging family hatchback, the Ford C-Max actually offers bags of practicality and plentiful space for four adults. Carrying on with the theme, the driver of a C-Max could be forgiven for thinking they had actually purchased a Focus, were it not for the increased headroom. From the air vents to the dials and the switches, you will be very sure you’re in a Ford – though maybe slightly less sure which one.
The stand-out feature of the Ford C-Max is comfortable it is to drive. Though a great drive is now expected from all Fords it is still a little surprising to have such a feel from a mid-sized multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). It is incredibly comfortable and you feel very well isolated from any bumps in the road, making it ideal for keeping sleeping kids asleep on long journeys.
The engine line-up is quite broad and covers everything from a highly-advanced and lively 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol to a 2.0-litre diesel with bags of pulling power.
Ford has positioned the C-Max between the multi-award-winning Focus and its namesake big brother the Grand C-Max. The latter offering sliding rear doors and a larger, seven-seat interior for those that need it.
Available in three iterations, even the entry C-Max Zetec offers 16-inch alloys wheels, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and a heated front windscreen.
In terms of safety, the Ford C-Max offers Euro NCAP five-star crash test safety, an ‘impact absorbing body shell’ and a full-complement of airbags.
The C-Max doesn't feel like people carrier – it's comfortable and even fun to drive
Overall, the new Ford C-Max is stylish, though maybe not quite as stylish as the Citroen C4 Picasso. It’s fairly economical, too, but doesn’t lead the class in either emissions or fuel use.
But – and it’s a big but – it’s the best car to drive in the class, and by some margin. We lived with a C-Max for a week and would rate it as one of the best cars out there for family duties. It’s comfortable, reasonably spacious and won’t break the bank.
If you want some more detailed information on the C-Max, look through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you know what kind of savings to expect on a Ford C-Max, click through to our Ford C-Max deals page.