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Ford Focus C-MAX Estate review

2003 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £12,845 - £24,346
Used prices £292 - £2,602
Road tax cost £35 - £365
Insurance group 10 - 24
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 411 - 723 miles
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Available fuel types



Alternative fuel

Pros & cons


Superb interior build quality, solid feel, neat styling


No seven seat option, not as practical or flexible as some people carriers

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Ford Focus C-MAX driving
Ford Focus C-MAX driving

Ford was a little late in launching a compact people carrier but the Focus C-MAX (rebadged as just the C-MAX in 2007) made a big impact in the market. Neatly styled, well built and comfortable, it’s based on the excellent Focus and shares its keen driving prowess. However, the big drawback is that it’s not available with seven-seats – a feature that many compact people carriers offer.

Ford Focus C-MAX static exterior
Ford Focus C-MAX static exterior

It’s not particularly flexible either and lacks features such as fold-flat chairs. That doesn’t prevent it from being useful family transport though and the diesel engines are particularly good.