Ford second best-selling model in France, the C-Max will continue to hinder its French competitors. To achieve this, the MPV can count on exterior / interior restyling and a powertrain range journal. 2015 Ford C-Max
The minivan and France, it is a great and enduring love story. In 2014, it is still 159,773 vehicles in this segment that are sold in France, a good figure, however slight decline for several years and the advent of SUV. Along with the leaders of the class, the pioneer Renault Scénic and his best enemy Citroën C4 Picasso , a stranger pulls out of the game: the Ford C-Max is indeed the first minivan imported with 12,989 copies sold in 2014 (down 8%). Nothing provided to rest on its laurels as the second generation of the US-German goes through restyling box to harmonize with the rest of the range.
What’s new on the 2015 Ford C-Max 2 Redesign?
Something that has become rare in the automotive world, the restyling of the C-Max is a real facelift. Ford did not merely add chrome really worked but the look on his minivan. As the Fiesta and the Focus, it adopts the now famous Aston Martin grille way surrounded by optical stretched and new lights at rear. The interior has also been revised. And it is no worse SINCE it gains in simplicity . A large touchscreen managing the SYNC2 infotainment is grafted in the middle of the center console while the air conditioning controls have been simplified and many deleted buttons. In practice, however, the touchscreen lacks fluidity and requires a little time to adapt to particular switch from one function to another. The entry into force of Euro 6 standards fast approaching (September 2015) Ford had to update the engine range of the C-Max. This was done since the three petrol engines ?? the 1.0 EcoBoost 100 and 125 hp and the new 1.5 EcoBoost 150PS ?? Diesel and 5 ?? the 1.5 TDCi 95, 105 and 120 hp and the 2.0 TDCi 150 hp and 170 ?? are the standards.
What’s the difference?
Among this wide list of engines, the new 1.5 EcoBoost petrol engine 150 hp replaces the previous 1.6 EcoBoost and logically decrease its emissions of CO2 to 139 g / km for a combined consumption of 6.1 l / 100 km . Supple and generous, four-cylinder does not balk at the task as low as diet high speed with good raises. Only the high noise level during heavy acceleration tarnish the picture somewhat. If the best minivans are designed to take the occupants more comfortably, yet they do not forget to offer good dynamic qualities . This is particularly the case of the C-Max which takes advantage of the platform of the Focus sedan . To improve road handling and comfort, Ford announced that worked on suspensions and shock absorbers. If these few modifications do not really obvious compared to the old model, the C-Max is rather agile for his size. The roll is also fairly well controlled . Pleasant to take thanks to a driving position more approaching that of the Focus S-Max, it enjoys a good guide box and a deflection there -also typical sedan . The real disappointment regarding the new electronic power steering fuzzy at its midpoint and sometimes artificial reactions.
Should we buy it?
Compared to its competitors Renault Scenic and Citroen C4 Picasso, 2015 Ford C-Max 2 restyled displays substantially equivalent price . The 1.5 EcoBoost 150 hp in its highest finish Titanium costing € 27,300 against € 25,950 for C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 Comfort and € 28,900 for Scénic Bose Edition 1.2 TCe 130. At this price, the C-Max offers a good endowment series with dual zone air conditioning, 2 SYNC system with navigation, keyless start or the rear parking aid. The list of options is itself also quite long with collision detection and automatic braking in town (250 €), the semi-automatic parking (490 €) or the hands-free power liftgate (free hand pack 690 €) . Finally for those who want more room, version 7 seater Grand C-Max is charged 1,300 euros more .