From £17,430
Ideal for around-town use, but stick with the diesel if you spend much time on the motorway

Our Verdict

Ford B-Max

The Ford C-Max MPV is as much fun to drive as it is easy to live with

22 December 2010

What is it?

We like the Ford C-Max. We've already driven it in diesel form, and given its seven-seat sibling a glowing road test verdict. Here we're testing the new 124bhp 1.6-litre petrol motor, mated to the standard five-speed manual gearbox.

What's it like?

This is unlikely to be one of the bigger sellers, but it certainly has appeal as one of the cheaper models in the range at £1000 less than the equivalent 1.6 turbodiesel or more powerful petrol Ecoboost model. And in practice it is a very pleasant thing to hum around town in. In fact it is in urban areas where it really shines because here its excellent refinement can be really appreciated.

Ride quality on the standard 17-inch wheels is very decent – pliant over bigger bumps and settled over the choppy surfaces you normally encounter. Plus, with the lighter motor in its nose it also has a sharper turn-in and more nimble feel than the diesel.

Still, if you plan on covering many motorway miles the oil burner is the one to go for. At higher cruising speeds this naturally aspirated C-Max needs time and patience for overtaking, and the engine also becomes buzzy when it’s asked to spin at such high revs. Otherwise this is a thoroughly likeable car.

Should I buy one?

If you want something with a bit more space than a Focus or Golf, and spend much of your time around town this is a decent option. It's comfortable, quiet, practical and very well equipped. There's plenty of competition at this price, so think carefully about whether a high-rise hatch is for you when there are full-size estates available at this price, but if its brand of utilitarian suits your lifestyle then the C-Max won't disappoint.

Ford C-Max 1.6 125 Titanium

Price: £18,745; Top speed: 117mph; 0-62mph: 11.5sec; Economy: 42.8mpg (combined); CO2: 154g/km; Kerb weight: 1374kg; Engine: 4 cyls, 1596cc, petrol; Power: 123bhp at 6000rpm; Torque: 118lb ft at 4000rpm; Gearbox 5-spd manual

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5 January 2011

[quote Autocar]

What is it?


We like the Ford C-Max. We've already driven it in diesel form, and given its seven-seat sibling a glowing road test verdict. Here we're testing the new 124bhp 1.6-litre petrol motor, mated to the standard five-speed manual gearbox.


What's it like?


This is unlikely to be one of the bigger sellers, but it certainly has appeal as one of the cheaper models in the range at £1000 less than the equivalent 1.6 turbodiesel or more powerful petrol Ecoboost mode...Read the full article

[/quote] Doesn't float my boat, I think I'd rather have the KA than something like this, slow and over priced.

12 January 2011

what a dreadful looking car the ageing zafira still looks better after all those years

12 January 2011

[quote VX220EDDIE]what a dreadful looking car the ageing zafira still looks better after all those years[/quote]

Ithink you need to go to specsavers.

13 January 2011

I disagree, the 1.6 will be the best seller in my opinion. 1.6 Zetec's and LX models are the Motability C-Max of choice and this is were Ford picks up many sales.

13 January 2011

[quote matstanza]Ithink you need to go to specsavers.[/quote]

meow! hiss!

13 January 2011

[quote geed]I disagree, the 1.6 will be the best seller in my opinion. 1.6 Zetec's and LX models are the Motability C-Max of choice and this is were Ford picks up many sales.[/quote]

May be on the older stylitically challenged model but this one has opened a door to a whole new audience.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 January 2011

dull exterior,dull tacky interior....moves the class on not one iota.......and may i just inform autocar that mums taking kids to school arent interested in your opinion on its handling...its totally irrelevant,like,moaning about a f430's performance off road or an off roaders track time....get real and get some perspective staffers!

13 January 2011

[quote sniper one]may i just inform autocar that mums taking kids to school arent interested in your opinion on its handling...its totally irrelevant[/quote]

What about the dad's who do have an interest in driving and use the car at the weekend? Bet they are interested.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 January 2011

i doubt it...just when do you see blokes out throwing their mpv's around(or women for that matter)....ride comfort,adequate handling,load carrying and practicalities are the issue in this class.....problem is,road testers only appear to have dimensional views on vehicles(excepting the excellent and broad minded mr cropley).....

13 January 2011

[quote sniper one]i doubt it...just when do you see blokes out throwing their mpv's around(or women for that matter)....ride comfort,adequate handling,load carrying and practicalities are the issue in this class.....road testers only appear to have dimensional views on vehicles [/quote]

Excellent handling isn't just for the race tracks, it can make a massive difference to safety, particularly with MPVs. These are going to be driven by parents taking their kids, plus copious amounts of luggage, away on holiday. They will probably be running late and driving down the motorway with the kids shouting and screaming in the back distracting the driver, when a car in front brakes sharply or someone pulls in front of them. It is at that point that you are glad the chassis has been engineered for handling when you need to suddenly dart from one lane to the other in order to regain control.

I agree with you that comfort and practicality are very important, but to have that knowledge that the car could help you steer your way out of trouble I would have thought would be a big comfort to many owners.

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