What is it?
The C-Max seven-seater, 140mm longer and 110kg heavier than the five-seater. This one comes with the 138bhp 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine, driving through the optional six-speed dual-clutch Powershift gearbox
What’s it like?
It’s the version targeted at the US market, and within a mile of driving you know it.
The car is distinctly softer in the suspension than the shorter model; engineers say it’s as much to give the occupants of the third row a comfortable ride as to meet American tastes.
In fact, the rest of the car is very European, with identical interior and seat designs to the short-wheelbase model and VW levels of material quality and finish.
It is deceptively spacious, with sliding rear doors and a clever set-up that allows the centre seat of the second row to fold beneath one of the others, leaving a ‘walk-through’ space. Ford calls the model a ‘six-plus-one’ layout, rather than a simple seven-seater.
The engine is impressively smooth and refined, with typical turbodiesel torque from low down. It works especially well with the Powershift gearbox.