Ford C-Max 2015 review

The new five-seater Ford C-Max 2015 (with its big brother, the seven-seater Grand C-Max) is designed for an effortless drive, offering plenty of practicality and flexibility for growing families. It’s available in a choice of three trim options, each loaded with tech and extra kit as standard. So if you’re looking for a car designed for families that’s fun to drive, stylish and practical, you may have just found it. Let’s dig a little deeper…

Exterior

First impressions count, and you’ll notice Ford’s new C-Max boasts sleeker styling than before, with slinky elongated front foglights, red-designed headlights and an eye-catching new grille, plus concealed washer jets on the bonnet. Even the rear end of the C-Max has had a restyle, with the boot’s grab handle cleverly tucked away for a more refined appearance – although there’s no changes to the design of the rear end of the Grand C-Max.

With standard kit including 16” alloys, Ford’s MyKey technology and Sync2 infotainment system, DAB radio, heated windscreen and electric front windows, it’s easy to see why most buyers (54% in fact) are predicted to simply opt for the entry-level Zetec trim. In fact, you could have a hard time choosing which of the three trim options to go for, with the Zetec, Titanium and Titanium Sport on offer. Our tip is to try the Titanium, boasting 17” alloys, halogen signature headlights with LED day running lights and an 8” colour touchscreen – worth a little more investment for some great extra style, we feel.

Interior

The step up in quality is immediately evident when it comes to the new C-Max’s interior, with a stylish, intuitive dash layout that’s similar to the one found in the popular new Ford Focus. Storage a-plenty is tucked in everywhere, with a deep storage box, dashboard USB socket, new glovebox and two larger cupholders in the centre of the cabin – perfect for those family road trips.

Opt for the Titanium trim and you’ll also benefit from an 8” colour TFT touchscreen in addition to Ford’s Sync2 infotainment system, plus DAB radio as standard and the option for CD/SD playback in the Titanium and Titanium X models. The Grand C-Max Titanium X takes things up a notch in the style stakes, with flashes of leather to the interior and a panoramic glass roof. Additional features include Ford’s MyKey technology and air conditioning, for comfort on longer journeys.

This latest model in the Ford range offers plenty of practicality for families, seating five comfortably. The central section of the split bench folds, allowing two seats to slide back for additional legroom, ideal for taller passengers. The Grand C-Max seats seven, although the two rearmost suits are best suited to children.

A hands-free tailgate definitely makes life easier when you have your hands full (for example, the massive weekly shop, or managing the dog as well as the kids!). Key-free technology means you simple wave your foot under the rear bumper to open or close the tailgate.

Boot space is always a priority for families, and you don’t have to compromise here either, with the C-Max offers a 432-litre capacity. The seats can be removed completely for those major shopping expeditions or family holidays! Boot space in the seven-seater Grand C-Max is slightly less impressive when both rear rows of seats are in place, coming in at just 65 litres. But fold all five seats flat and you’ll benefit from 1,715 litres of space, plenty to meet the needs of a large family.

On the road

The new C-Max is as comfortable to drive on bumpy country roads as it is on long stretches of motorway thanks to its precise steering and compliant suspension.

With a choice of a petrol or two diesel engines (note that the 1.5-litre-size Ecoboost engine won’t be available to the UK market), there are options tailored to all needs, whether you’re more concerned about fuel economy or are focusing on a nippy ride for those school runs and trips around town.

Our model of choice, the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol, is available in 94bhp and 123bhp, with fuel economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 117g/km (119g/km for the Grand C-Max). The 1.0-litre also offers a more sporty drive, unusual for this sort of family-designed car, but it will add appeal to parents who like fun in their driving as well as safety.

Those planning on regular longer journeys might want to opt for the 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre diesel engines, offering ample power for overtaking, impressive fuel economy and a smooth ride. The 148bhp diesel obtains over 60mpg – it’s not quite a green machine but it’s pretty good, and closely comparable to the Citroen C4 Picasso. If fuel economy is your main concern, avoid the six-speed automatic, which comes in at 56.5mpg.

Safety is always a priority when you’re travelling with kids, and the new C-Max 2015 gains a full five star Euro NCAP crash test rating, with a full complement of airbags and a body shell that’s designed to absorb impact. Additional safety features include adjustable ABS and ESP, to keep you safe should the car skid, and two ISOFIX child seat attachments.

The on-road technology is all aimed to help and keep you safe too: parking in the C-Max is a breeze thanks to the rear-view camera system and blind spot information system, whilst drowsiness monitoring, cruise control with speed limiter and lane assist ensure your safety on those long, tiring motorway journeys.

Verdict

Ideal for families (especially younger couples with children who will enjoy the sporty feel of the 1.0-litre petrol engine), the new C-Max 2015 is a great investment with high build quality, plenty of safety-focused kit and a three-year warranty offering a great all-round package. It compares very well against price-competitive rivals such as the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic.

Resale values are predicted to be competitive, with the list price ranging from £18,195 to £22,695.

Want more information on the new Ford C-Max, or any of our other cars? Why not get in touch with your local Perrys dealership today – we will be glad to advise you or help to get you the best deal on your new car.