In-depth Reviews

Ford C-MAX MPV (2011-2019) - MPG, running costs & CO2

The most efficient Ford C-MAX petrols are powered by Ford’s new EcoBoost engines, equipped with start-top technology and six-speed manual gearboxes

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

Read owner reviews
MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Ford C-MAX is a reasonably fuel-efficient car that delivers good mpg and low, tax-friendly CO2 emissions in both petrol and diesel forms.

Ford C-MAX MPG & CO2

The diesel in the C-MAX range is the 118bhp 1.5-litre TDCi which returns up to 48.7mpg and produces 125g/km of CO2 for a 33% BiK rating. We reckon this engine, when combined with the manual gearbox offers the best blend of performance and low running costs. Fitting an automatic gearbox reduces economy to 46.3mpg with 17- or 18-inch wheels and increases CO2 emissions to 132g/km, taking BiK up to 34%.

The most fuel-efficient C-MAX petrol models are powered by Ford’s new EcoBoost engines, equipped with start-top technology and six-speed manual gearboxes. The 98bhp 1.0-litre returns up to 42.2mpg and has 127g/km CO2 emissions for a BiK rating of 29%, virtually the same figures as the more powerful 123bhp version. However, the 1.5-litre 148bhp EcoBoost that can only be had with a six-speed automatic is considerably costlier to run. If paired with the larger alloy wheels it can only manage 33.6mpg and 176g/km CO2 for a 37% BiK rating - the highest available.

Every Ford C-MAX will cost £140 a year to tax.

Insurance group

The C-MAX should be reasonably affordable to insure: petrol versions are positioned in groups from 14 to 17, while the 1.5-litre diesel is in group 17 to 19.


The Ford C-MAX comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. The first year has an unlimited mileage, with the 60,000-mile limit being applied from the second year onwards. This means that a high-mileage driver who covers 30,000 miles in their first year of ownership would have only 30,000 miles of cover remaining for the next two years. The Kia Carens has a best-in-class warranty lasting seven years, while the Renault Scenic has a four-year warranty.


C-MAX servicing should be no more expensive than for its mainstream rivals. To make costs easier to bear, buyers can pay a one-off charge of around £570 to cover all three services in the first three years, which also includes European roadside assistance and vehicle hire for up to seven days.

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2021
15 Jan 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Best 4x4s and SUVs
Peugeot 3008 SUV rear 3/4 tracking
Family SUVs
14 Jan 2021

Best 4x4s and SUVs

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide
Tips and advice
7 Jan 2021

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide