Ford C-Max 2.0

The Ford C-Max come with more equipment and a better road presence than before

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Ford has given the C-MAX a bit more front – and the car is all the better for it, with much more road presence. Inside, the cabin is even classier, and thanks to extra standard equipment such as an iPod-compatible stereo, it’s a better place to spend time in, too. It’s also highly practical and great to drive. Prices haven’t changed, but that doesn’t stop this range-topping model from still looking expensive.

With its driver-orientated chassis, spacious interior and fine engine range, there’s little room for improvement when it comes to Ford’s C-MAX.

But that’s not to say the five-seat MPV is perfect. Unlike the Renault Scenic, the Ford has always lacked a seven-seat option and, despite clean styling, has never really stood out. And compared with modern opposition, it could do with more equipment.

However, this facelifted version aims to change all that. We’ll have to wait for the next-generation model to see if Ford plans to offer more seats, but the blue oval has addressed the C-MAX’s appearance and added a new range of exciting features, too.

The revised C-MAX adopts the Ford family look debuted by the S-MAX. With a pair of trapezoidal grilles and large headlights at the front, it’s a lot more distinctive, while LED tail-lights at the rear add a touch of class.

Inside, the S-MAX’s influences are clear. The updated dashboard gets the same centre console design, and with even higher quality materials and seats with more side support, it’s an impressive and comfortable place to be.

Fresh features include a standard socket for MP3 players, while options incorporate new Sony stereos and Bluetooth telephone compatibility. A full-length panoramic glass sunroof is also available for the first time. Indeed, optional extras are a big theme. Buyers can order a new Sport pack which comes with larger alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats and a body-coloured spoiler.

As for the rest, it’s business as usual. The sliding rear seats provide excellent flexibility, there’s a huge amount of load space and handling is as sharp as ever. Factor in plenty of torquey performance from the 2.0-litre TDCi engine tested here, and you’ve got a first-class MPV.

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