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Ford Focus C-MAX (2004-07)

Overall Rating

4 stars

C-Max is a fine addition to the Focus family, with midi-MPV space and versatilility plus above-average refinement, ride and handling. It's good to drive and rivals the best five-seaters in the class.

For
  • Spacious and stylish alternative to excellent Focus
  • Just as responsive and comfortable as Focus
  • High quality finish, especially inside
Against
  • No seven-seater option
  • Cheapest Studio models don't have much equipment
  • Might depreciate heavily as sales volumes build
Road Test

C-Max is Ford's creditable first attempt at a compact MPV. The only question is why the long wait? Focus has been around for years; but by waiting, Ford were able to use the underpinnings of the new 2005 Focus, making C-Max an excellent drive. Unlike rivals Zafira and Touran, C-Max only has five seats. There's plenty of room for five adults; rear seats fold and remove individually to give good adaptability; and the boot is big. It rides smoothly, there's not much body roll, and noise levels are low. Creature comforts and safety needs are well looked after; there are lots of airbags and generous equipment includes air conditioning on all but basic Studio models. Engines are 1.6 and 1.8 Zetec petrol units from Focus - willing and quite economical - plus a pair of newly developed turbodiesels, 1.6 with 108 bhp and 2.0 with 134bhp. The latter is very lively and can give 50mpg.

Need To Know

NCAP: 4

Worst Models: 1.8 petrol


Alternatives
Ford Focus C-MAX (2004-07)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

0 stars
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