2008 Ford Focus C-MAX Reviews

2008 Ford Focus C-MAX Titanium 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 TDCi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carFord Focus C-MAX

Summary:

C-Max is a Tardis with great comfort, performance and refinement

Faults:

This C-Max, my second C-Max, has been a perfect purchase. Not one fault.

General Comments:

Compared to the previous 2005 model I owned, the 2008 model C-Max is awesome. It accelerates like a rocket, and in my opinion performance is far better than its petrol equivalent. Acceleration to 100mph is effortless. It's a car I can travel in all day and still feel refreshed and able to carry on driving. Quiet, refined, and a great driving position.

Sony sound system is excellent, driving 8 speakers. Lots of storage space and cubbyholes, and lots of nice touches like auto dipping rear view mirror, auto wipers and headlights, heated windscreen, door mirrors and washer jets, soft glow ambient lighting, sunblinds, variable steering assistance settings, fold-up tables, headlight delay and puddle lights.

Seats fold to provide large load area space.

Brakes are powerful.

Excellent build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2010

2008 Ford Focus C-MAX 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

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

Summary:

Good, but take the time to check the quality

Faults:

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: 7.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews