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Ford C-MAX MPV (2011-2019) - Interior & comfort

With just three trim levels to choose from, even in basic Zetec trim the Ford C-MAX has a good range of standard equipment

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

With just three trim levels to choose from, even in entry-level Zetec trim, the Ford C-MAX offers a decent range of standard equipment, including air-conditioning, a DAB digital radio and 16-inch alloy wheels. Cost-effective option packs allow you to upgrade as you wish, but as ever, it’s never wise to go over the top with extras.

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The dashboard is stylish but a bit busy, with some fiddly controls. The seats are firm and supportive, while the high driving position gives a good view out for driver and passengers. In short, the C-MAX is a stylish, comfortable and well appointed people carrier.

Ford C-MAX dashboard

A good range of seat and steering-wheel adjustment allows the driver to make the most of the C-MAX’s well-specified but fiddly dashboard. The heater controls are easy to use, but some of the buttons are too small. All models have a display screen, which gets larger and more sophisticated the higher up the range you go. Even so, the Zetec’s humble 4.2-inch display featuring Ford’s SYNC system (comprising voice control, Bluetooth phone and music player connectivity) is probably adequate for most. All models have steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Equipment

In addition to air-con, a DAB digital radio, a heated windscreen and 16-inch alloy wheels, Zetec specification offers cruise control, Active City Stop, body-coloured door mirrors, foglights and removable ‘tip-and-tumble’ rear seats. There are signs of skimping, however, in the manual rear windows, which could be a child safety issue (the front windows are electric).

Titanium spec adds useful convenience features, including dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, electric windows all round, keyless entry, powerfold mirrors and a superior stereo with an eight-inch display.

Titanium X, the best-equipped trim level, features a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, part leather upholstery and heated front seats. Notable omissions are rear parking sensors and a sat-nav system; instead, they’re options at all trim levels.

Options

Ford has bundled some key options into packs to make them more affordable. Among the most useful is the Convenience Pack, featuring front and rear parking sensors, a rear view camera and Active Park Assist to automatically steer the car into spaces. Otherwise, you can increase safety with the Driver Assistance Pack, which brings autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping alerts, among other safety aids.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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