Ford C Max

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How much does the Ford C Max cost to run?

The 1.5L diesel is the most economical Ford C Max to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Ford C Max 1.5L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 74 MPG on average, which means it will cost £8.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Nissan Note 1.5L diesel and the more thirsty Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 17, which is lower than the Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Nissan Note 1.5L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Peugeot Partner Tepee has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.5L diesel1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg55.464.2 - 74.336.7 - 37.261.442.8 - 44.1
emissions11799 - 115174 - 176119149 - 154
tax£30.00£0.00 - £30.00£235.00 - £260.00£30.00£160.00 - £200.00
insuranceGroup 10 - 19Group 17 - 19Group 20 - 22Group 16Group 11 - 19

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Ford C Max: How big is the boot?

The Ford C Max has an above average boot space (496 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 3 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 4 large bags or 4 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace MPV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 762 litres.

Is the Ford C Max easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Nissan Note.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the C Max is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 421mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Kia Venga.

Which Ford C Max has the best performance?

The fastest Ford C Max from 0-60, is the 1.6L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 240 lbs/ft torque and 182 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6L petrol, which will beat your Ford C Max to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.5L diesel1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
zeroTo6211.4 - 12.611.3 - 12.410.211.38.5 - 12.6
torque170 - 200270 - 300240270150 - 240
bhp100 - 125105 - 120150115105 - 182

What size caravan or trailer, can the Ford C Max tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Ford C Max 2.0L diesel which has 370 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.