Pegged as an inside-and-out redesign, it’ll take a very keen eye to spot the difference between the original 2010 model and these images once you get past the Aston-like fascia that Ford is determined to graft onto everything these days.
But then there’s never been an awful lot wrong with the C-Max – which is, incidentally, Fordspeak for a tall C-segment car – as carwow’s aggregate reviews reveal. The extensive restyle is, in part, courtesy of a new technique Ford is employing to bond body panels to one another. The method, known as laser brazing enables very strong bonds to be made between thin sheets of metal.
Ford offers adaptive lighting for the C-Max to enhance visibility at night. The system highlights pedestrians and cyclists when performing low-speed cornering and ‘looks’ farther into a corner at higher speeds. LED daytime running lights complement the front lighting package.
Once past the admittedly sharper new exterior treatment, you’ll find the interior a very familiar place. The interior design is largely the same, though there are improved materials, fewer switches and the cubbies have been updated so your children can leave even more stuff behind in the car. There’s also a hands-free tailgate and the SYNC2 communications and entertainment system.
SYNC2 not only offers spoken and visual instructions down to a street level and even integrates with the Michelin guide. This latter feature allows the car’s owner to list local restaurants by saying “I’m hungry”. Ford’s MyKey system means parents can lend their car to their kids safe in the knowledge their progeny can’t go over a set speed or listen to their hip-hop music too loudly.
Engines and efficiency
The new C-Max gets the latest engines from Ford’s range. Its new 1.5-litre diesel engine has 118hp and emits just 105g/km of CO2 – a 12 per cent improvement over the outgoing 1.6-litre. Ford’s multi-award winning 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol also makes an appearance in 99hp and 123hp guises. The larger 2.0-litre diesel gets a 17 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions thanks to stop/start and new programming.
Prices and specs
Prices for the regular C-Max are roughly in line with the predecessor – it costs from £18,195, rising to £26,145. The extra set of seats in the Grand C-Max will cost you £1,600 across the range so be sure you need them before committing.
Basic Zetec C-Maxes get a reasonable level of kit but, to get everything you’d ever need, we’d suggest moving up to Titanium trim to get sat-nav and other essential options. Our pick of the range is the C-Max 1.5 TDCi with 118hp and a six-speed manual gearbox – at £21,395, it’s reasonably priced, reasonably powerful and will leave you wanting for nothing.
Also on the new features list will be a pair of new engines – the new 1.5 TDCi diesel already permeating the Ford range and the new 1.5-litre version of the EcoBoost turbo petrol.
Both will be available when the new C-Max and Grand C-Max launch in August.