Ford Focus C-MAX Review from Australia and New Zealand

2008 Ford Focus C-MAX 2.0

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance8900 kilometres
Previous carHolden Vectra


Good, but take the time to check the quality


Apart from a windscreen wiper issue, which the dealer attempted to resolve unsuccessfully until the fourth visit, the car is a good, comfortable reliable unit. (identical to Mazda 3, I'm told).

Windscreen was cracked on delivery (another dealer issue).

General Comments:

Car handles extremely well.

A bit of road noise is evident, could be the tyres.

Harsh interior plastics, not very exciting or inspiring. Lack of outer door protection strips/moulds a bit of a worry, especially in shopping centre car parks.

But generally very happy with performance and economy.

Price is very reasonable when compared with a Golf or Mazda 3, but the build quality a bit iffy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th October, 2009

10th Jan 2013, 10:35

Have had a C Max Zetec 2.0 diesel as company car since September 2012. Had done only 40000 miles when I got it, but the clutch had recently been replaced, which was unusual I thought.

Last car was a 2006 Renault Scenic, which although a better car in very many ways, had too many problems for me to keep it.

The C Max is reasonably comfortable and quiet, but I am still finding it difficult to get a really comfortable driving position. Here the Scenic was far better.

The C Max is very fast for a diesel and is economical too - 48-50 MPG, and sometimes more. The interior is incredibly cheaply made and not put together very well. EVERYTHING rattles in the dashboard, which is very annoying. I guess that is the trade off for having a Ford.

I have done 8000 miles, and nothing has gone wrong so far.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review