Ford C-Max is company car winner

The five-seat, sporty people carrier and its larger sibling were released at the end of last year and their modern design, practical interior and small car-like handling have proved to be a hit with business, according to the Fleet News team.

Cars were judged on costs such as depreciation, fuel, servicing, maintenance as well as their suitability as business cars by a team of judges.

However, it was the practicality of the Ford people carrier which impressed judges the most. They said: “The new Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max stand out thanks to clever and flexible seating and sliding rear passenger doors in a highly competitive sector with a range of new entrants.”

The Ford C-Max was launched late in 2010 as an all-new model. Based on the same platform as the new Ford Focus, the C-Max has been upgraded inside with more premium upholstery and more equipment.

New features on the latest generation include a panoramic roof, Sony DAB audio system, a new ‘sculpted’ centre console and instrument panel, blind spot information system and Ford’s Easy-fuel system, which prevents drivers filling up the tank with the wrong type of fuel.

In the wake of the budget, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are an important issue for businesses after Chancellor George Osborne announced a rise in emissions-based company car tax.

The C-Max and Grand C-Max come with Ford’s new turbocharged petrol EcoBoost engines, which deliver 18 per cent more fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions than the 2.0-litre Duratec petrol engine.

Both models also come with a selection of Ford’s Duratorq diesel engines, with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km available with the C-Max from the 2.0-litre 137bhp Duratorq engine.

New Ford C-Max prices start from £17,195 on-the-road and Ford Grand C-Max prices start from £19,195.