The headlights come on automatically at dusk or when entering a tunnel, our test car was equipped with optional Xenon headlights at the cost of £500 which includes headlight levelling and washer jets.
Safety and Security
The following safety & security equipment is standard on the Ford Focus C-MAX Ghia:Front and rear disc brakes, steel safety cage with engine compartment cross beam and side impact door beams, central locking linked fuel flap, key operated locking bonnet, remote control central double locking, ISOFIX mountings for integrated child seat, visible VIN number, a full length curtain airbag which deploys from the headlining and protects all passengers, in addition to the driver’s and front seat airbags and side airbags.
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) is standard, which is backed up with emergency brake assist (EBA). Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is an optional extra costing £350 - we would have expected to see this as standard on a family orientated car.
The Ghia is fitted with a Thatcham 1 perimeter and volume sensing alarm and immobiliser.
The Ford Focus C-MAX Ghia has been named winner in the compact MPV category of the 2005 British Insurance Car Security Awards for the second year running.
Comfort and Refinement
On Ghia models an Electronic Parking Brake replaces the conventional handbrake - no more yanking the handbrake on, you simply touch an electronic button to apply or release the handbrake - switch off the ignition and it is automatically applied - simple and easy to use.
The headlights come on automatically at dusk or when entering a tunnel, our test car was equipped with optional Xenon headlights at the cost of £500 which includes headlight levelling and washer jets. The wipers are rain sensitive, which means that they automatically come on and adjust the speed of the blades to suit the amount of rain fall. At dusk the auto-dimming rear view mirror reacts to stop tailing traffic from dazzling you and the automatic headlights activate. The electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with direction indicators feature puddle lights which light up the road at night on opening the doors. The footwell's are also illuminated.
Our car benefited from Privacy Glass, a £100 option, which gives a dark tint to the glass from the ‘B’ pillar backwards. We feel that this is £100 well spent it as it helps to keep prying eyes out of the luggage area, and keeps the rear seat passengers cool on hot days. Ghia spec cars also benefit from integrated rear sunblind's located in the rear passenger windows.
We were pleased to see electric windows all round with one shot up and down - plus global closing, all too often do we find one shot down on the driver’s window only. On frosty mornings we had the benefit of a ‘Quickclear’ front windscreen, which made quick work of de-misting the windscreen.
How It Looks -
The Ford Focus C-MAX is larger and taller than the other cars in the Focus range, but it is more compact and poised than some other entrants in the segment. A sleek, stylish exterior emphasises that the Focus C-MAX drives more like a car, and its aerodynamic shape has the lowest drag coefficient in its segment.
There is no doubt that the C-MAX is an elegant MPV, which works very well with little compromise. Obviously it has to have the height as it is designed to fit five passengers in relative comfort.
We liked the exterior styling - it works well and does a good job of making an MPV inspiring, although we still prefer the SEAT Altea Review , when it comes to overall design appeal.
Ford C-MAX Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford Focus C-MAX 2.0 TDCi Ghia|
|Colour||Moondust Silver Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||125 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||62.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 mile warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 12/03/05)||£ 18,890|