What is it?
Among all the quirky alternatives and added-value sensible options, the apparently ordinary Ford C-Max — which faces an ongoing struggle to stand out as a compact MPV.
It succeeds by being widely renowned as the ‘have-cake-and-eat-it’ choice: the practical high-rise family hatchback that handles damn near as tidily as any ‘normal’ five-door.
And now that Ford’s three-cylinder turbo Ecoboost petrol engine has been added to the C-Max range, there’s another reason for this well-judged car to appeal to interested drivers.
Just as it has across the Focus, Fiesta and B-Max ranges, this characterful little three-pot evens up the odds in the petrol-vs-diesel debate. It makes for a C-Max petrol that’s a lot more flexible and bit more refined than the equivalent diesel, as well as cheaper to buy, cheaper to insure and cheaper on company car tax.
It's even one that’s more enjoyable to drive than your run-of-the-mill oil-burner, too.