Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3

  • Spacious for five
  • Individual rear seats give good configurability
  • Not most practical in class

This second-generation C-Max uses the same seating concept as the original model did. That means three individual rear seats that can slide and fold independently, making for a really flexible interior.

The backrests fold down in a 40-20-40 split, which is much more practical than the 60-40 you’ll find on most comparable hatchbacks. And when in place, you’ll find lots of legroom for adults plus Isofix mountings in both outer seats. 

2019 Ford C-Max boot, seats folded

The C-Max has a high roofline that allows plenty of headroom - tall passengers will be able to sit upright, no problem. There’s not as much overall space as in a Citroen C4 Spacetourer, though, nor is it as bright and airy. And while rear passengers do get a central armrest and picnic tables on the front seat backrests, the overall space isn’t as clever or useful as that model.

Nor is the centre seat as wide and spacious as the likes of the Volkswagen Touran, and you’d struggle to seat three abreast in this car. It’s also worth mentioning that the C-Max, unlike its bigger brother the Grand C-Max, uses conventional rear doors rather than sliding ones, though it has this in common with many rivals.
Boot space is good, though for maximum luggage capacity you’ll need to tumble forward or even remove the rear seats. This isn’t a particularly simple process, especially compared to rivals where the seats fold nearly flat with just a single movement.

Safety

The Ford C-Max doesn’t offer the best safety rating in its class - though it scored five stars in its initial Euro NCAP test in 2010, the revised model tested in 2017 scored just three stars. 

This was made up of a decent 76 per cent score for adult occupants but only 60 per cent for children, and a dismal 29 per cent in the safety assist category.
From 2015 onwards there’s an autonomous emergency braking system available, which operates at speeds of up to 112mph, and cross traffic alert helps when reversing out of a road or parking space. Adaptive cruise control is available optionally, but even the most expensive cars can’t be specified with LED headlights for greater vision at night.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford C-MAX (10-19).

  • 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

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Ford C-MAX (10-19) 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%
Vulnerable Road Users: 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.