2017 Ford C-Max Review


After a decade and a half on the market, the C-Max still flies the mainstream compact MPV flag. It’s neither new nor especially trendy, but the C-Max has a low centre of gravity and drives more like a hatchback than a people carrier, in turn allowing it to seat five in comfort without forcing compromises upon the driver. There’s also a seven-seat Grand C-Max with useful sliding rear doors.


Body Style: MPV                 Seats: 5                         MRP from £19,595 - £26,545


Did you know? A hybrid C-Max is sold in America, capable of 85mph on electric power alone. The plug-in version can drive 20 miles without petrol.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆(7.4/10)

The C-Max is proof-positive that family cars don’t need to be dull. It’s safe as well as fun and has plenty of headroom, as well as a low centre of gravity. The sliding doors used by the Grand C-Max are brilliant for parents of young children, too. It’s just a shame that so much of the advanced technology Ford has developed is purely optional. Maintaining production of this compact MPV is a brave move from Ford in an age when most buyers prefer SUVs, but in some areas it clearly needs updates.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Safety Features