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Mostly a cosmetic upgrade a new front end, new rear lights, and a reworked interior but the track is wider by 5mm and now it's called C-Max (the Focus bit of the name has been dropped.) It's also the only car in the UK to have the option of halogen-powered cornering headlights, rather than the usual xenon ones.
What's it like?
It still looks a bit dumpy, especially around the rear, but we can forgive it because the rest of it is as good as it always was -rewarding steering, fabulous ride (even on the optional 18in wheels on 40-profile rubber) and a well-built, spacious cabin.
The interior upgrades work - the cabin feels more snug and cockpit-like - but the seats still don't fold flush with the floor. You can take them out but they're heavy and difficult to handle.
Should I buy one?
Absolutely. If you don't need seven seats it's one of the finest medium-sized MPVs there is, although we'd steer clear of the high-spec models if you want to get some money back at resale time.
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