- Choice of two trim levels and five engines in October
- Cleanest diesel costs as little as £435 a year in tax
- Prices start at £16,745 (five-seat) or £18,745 (seven-seat)
Ford has released the prices and details of its all-new C-Max that will go on sale in October.
Two cars are available - the five-seat C-Max and the seven-seat Grand C-Max. Buyers can choose from two trim levels, Zetec and the higher Titanium, and there is choice from three petrol or two diesel engines.
The 1.6-litre petrol engine comes in three guises with power outputs of 104, 123 and 148bhp with CO2 emissons of 154g/km for the five-seat version (18% BIK band) and 159g/km for the seven seat (19% BIK band).
Buyers seeking the cheapest tax version should go for the five door 1.6-litre diesel TDCi with 113bhp and 119g/km of CO2 emissions. That puts it into the 13% BIK tax band. This means that if you are a 20% tax payer then it will cost you £435 a year in company car tax, or £870 if you pay 40% tax per year.
The 2.0-litre diesel TDCi comes with 138bhp and emissons of 134-139g/km depending on whether it's the five or seven seat. Both the five and seven seat with manual gearbox qualifies for the 18% BIK band, while the five seat auto version sits in the 20% band, and the seven seat auto in the 21% BIK group.
All engines come with a new six-speed manual gearbox and customers can specify a six-speed automatic (the Powershift Auto) on 2.0 litre diesel versions.
Both cars feature technology that will be used in the all-new Focus next year and standard equipment includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, a leather steering wheel, Thatcham alarm system, DAB radio, CD player, Bluetooth, a USB connection and voice control. The Grand C-Max also benefits from powered child-proof locks on the sliding doors and rear parking sensors.
Choosing Titanium trim adds automatic front wipers and headlamps, dual automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, hill assist, keyless start, cruise control, a speed limiter, premium Sony audio and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Grand C-Max also gets power folding mirrors.
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Parker's Top Tip:
One of the best ways to save money when choosing a company car is to pick one with low company car tax rates.
The tax scheme in place for company cars at present rewards vehicles with low CO2 emissions, with the lowest tax band catering for those emitting less than 120g/km. This translates to a BIK band of 10% for petrol cars and 13% for diesel cars. Click here to find out what this means in our company car tax guide.