114bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is the best among many engines as it is very powerful and can carry too much weight of passengers plus baggage. It also leaves the much powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine behind with its all-roundedness. 148bhp 1.6 petrol and 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol are also very strong and work perfectly as per their capacity.
The steering is light and easy at low speeds to work aptly and more accurate and quick at high speeds. The car gives you a really strong grip and perfect body control. C-Max gives you a really comfortable and safe ride even at high speeds. Though the car is almost perfect in handling, the not-so-perfect behavior is seen over potholes where it becomes a little haywire and then settles again quickly.
Wind noise can be felt near the door windows and front pillars at high speeds. Road noise is almost nil inside the car. The 1.0 and 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engines are extremely quiet at a cruise but the 1.6 petrol makes sort of sad noise at low speeds. The diesels work great keeping themselves hushed but they lose control to that at high revs.
Compact MPV class has normal pricing with some engines available only in top-range models. C-Max gives great outputs in fuel economy, especially the 1.6-litre diesel engine, and also attracts low company tax rates, especially the 1.0-litre petrols.
All the models have stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, front, curtain and side airbags and also a warning system about a car in your blindspot which is pretty helpful and keeps safety. A maximum five-star rating has been achieved by the car in Euro NCAP crash-testing. Deadlocks and an alarm is available to prevent theft.
The dashboard is made of soft-touch plastic like its competitors but lacks in giving a classy look. There are lots of seat and steering wheel adjustments. The rear screen is very small and at the front the windscreen pillars block the view, in short, the visibility is less. Many controls are not that user-friendly.
C-Max is a five-seater with lots of head and leg room for tall people. The boot is also very spacious and huge giving great practicality. Rear seats are foldable towards front and can also be removed completely, however, removing is a pretty tiring job while folding them leaves a step in the load area.
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