The second-generation Ford C-Max replaced a model which caused controversy when it first launched. It was only offered as a five-seater, while rivals could sell you a seven-seat MPV for the same money.
Ford has redressed that in part with the second-generation C-Max. This model, simply called C-Max, is still strictly a five-seat MPV; if you need two extra seats or considerably more load space, then you’ll find that in the seven-seat Grand C-Max – essentially the same car but stretched a little for a roomier cabin.
This new five-seater C-Max keeps the previous version's clever seating system which allows the centre rear seat to fold under the left-hand seat, and the pair to move diagonally inwards and back, to give four-seat luxury.
In 2015, the C-Max got a mild facelift giving it a sleeker looking exterior, a new dashboard, more multimedia entertainment capability and a range of new engines.
Trim level and engine options are kept relatively simple. The C-Max is available in either Zetec, Titanium or Titanium X trim, and with a choice of six engines. There’s a 1.6-litre petrol available with either 123bhp and a five-speed manual 'box, while the rest of the petrol range is made up of either 99bhp or 123bhp versions of Ford's 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost engine. As for diesel engines there are three choices either a 1.5-litre TDCi producing 103bhp or 117bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel which produces 148bhp. Gearboxes are five-speed manual with the non-turbo 1.6-litre petrols, or six-speed with the rest. The 2.0-litre TDCI also gets the option of Fords’s excellent Powershift auto ’box