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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

Two trims are available on the C-Max: Zetec and Titanium. The idea is to keep the line-up simple for buyers and it is fair to say that Ford C-Max equipment levels are quite high.

Standard Ford C-Max equipment

On Zetec the Ford C-Max accessories include remote central locking, child locks, alarm, stability control, emergency brake warning, front, side and curtain airbags, rake-and-reach-adjustable steering wheel, 16-inch alloys, air con, leather steering wheel, DAB radio/CD audio system with six speakers, USB/iPod and aux-in connectivity, Bluetooth with voice control, heated and electric door mirrors, front foglights, ISOFIX child seat mountings, heated front windscreen with heated windscreen washer jets, steering-wheel-mounted controls and electric windows.

Titanium trim adds auto front wipers, auto headlamps, dual electronic auto climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, hill launch assist, keyless start, cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure warning, 17-inch alloy wheels, floor mats, upgraded audio system with nine speakers and 4.2-inch touchscreen, centre console with armrest and storage bin, lumbar adjustment on the passenger seat, scuff plates, an overhead console with sunglasses holder and child observation mirror and ambient LED courtesy light.

Optional Ford C-Max accessories

Upgrade to the Zetec Family Pack that includes a power-operated tailgate and integrated rear blinds for extra cost.

You can also add the Titanium X pack that offers leather trim, heated front seats bi-xenon headlights, panoramic roof, six-way electric driver’s seat or you can pay extra for sat-nav with rear-view camera.

Other equipment packs such as the Convenience Pack that includes active park assist that helps you parallel park and the Convenience Pack Plus that includes electric folding mirrors are also available only on the Titanium models.

Our favoured trim level is the Zetec because it offers excellent value for money and the added accessories available on the Titanium are not really worth the extra outlay. You can opt for the Ford DAB Navigation on the Zetec if you want a factory fitted system, but we still think an after-market sat nav would be perfectly acceptable at fraction of the cost, and added extras such as the larger alloys don’t affect this kind of car on resale and they do compromise the ride slightly.

New equipment added in 2015

Buy a post-facelift car and you can add things like adaptive cruise control which maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead, an automatic system that can park or unpark your car, adaptive headlights that can adjust the beam angle to one of seven settings depending on traffic, a hands free operating tailgate and Ford’s MyKey technology.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford C-MAX.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
Titanium optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Titanium X equipment

Titanium X standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Titanium X optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
Zetec optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Safety

4 out of 5 4.0

Ford C-Max safety is excellent. It has added a comprehensive suite of advanced active safety technologies featuring Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Braking (ABS) including Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Brake Control (CBC).

The C-Max has also got Traction Control System (TCS), Blind Spot Information System Active Park Assist. Passengers are well catered for because Ford has installed front airbags for driver and front seat passenger.

There are also side airbags for the driver and passenger and standard curtain airbags for the first and second row seats. A Thatcham category one alarm is also standard, helping to put the C-Max in a lower insurance grouping. The C-Max was awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests when it was sampled in 2010, but was demoted to three stars when it was re-assessed in 2017.

Cars updated in 2015 are also available with the Active City Stop collision avoidance system and Pre-Collision Assist, which works in the same way but at speeds between 5mph and 112mph. Finally Cross Traffic Alert helps as you reverse from a parking space by keeping an eye out for traffic moving across the car’s path.

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Ford C-MAX was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 76%
Child Occupant: 60%
Pedestrian: 59%
Safety Assist: 29%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0

The second-generation C-Max uses the seating concept from the previous model. The three individual seats in the rear split 40/20/40. Practicality can be enhanced by adding the Comfort System. This allows you to fold the centre seat away and slide the outer seats backwards giving passengers more legroom and a 2+2 configuration. Loadroom ranges from a minimum of 432 litres and expands to 1,723 litres with the rear seats folded.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Ford C-MAX compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Citroën C4 Picasso (13-18) 537 litres
Renault Scenic (09-16) 437 litres
Ford C-MAX 432 litres
SEAT Altea Hatchback (04-15) 409 litres