Compact MPV’s aren’t what comes to mind at first when we think of people moving, but they can be very effective at that. After all, it’s their job, and they do it better than compact or even most of mid-size crossovers. 2016 Ford C-Max is one of the best compact multi-purpose vehicles available in the states and comes back refreshed in Europe, so we can expect the same from it in North America as well.
Under the Hood
Unlike overseas models which are mostly made out of conventional powertrains that consist of a range of 4-cylinder engines, U.S. market models are all electrically boosted. There’s a hybrid and then, there’s a plug-in hybrid. They both feature the same 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 engine which yields 141 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. The difference is that former gets 1.4 kWh battery pack, while latter benefits from 7.6 kWh lithium-ion unit.
Moreover, both models are front-wheel driven, get the same e-CVT transmission and have the same 88 kW electric motor which boosts the net output to 188 horsepower in charge sustain or 195 hp in plug-in’s charge depletion mode.
Design – Interior and Exterior
Presented, new European spec model doesn’t differ too much from the current U.S. model. 2016 Ford C-Max will lose its upper air intake and remain only with Aston Martin grille. Headlamps have remained the same, while foglights are now rectangular and revised together with whole of lower air intake. Profile is generally the same, but there are couple of differences.
First of all, there’s a sort of an overlap which starts from the rear doors and connects at the tailgate around the back. Secondly, rear doors are now front-hinged. Finally, rear end is also slightly changed, and apart from above mentioned overlap, tailgate is now being opened much lower to the ground and tail-lights have been restyled as well.
Interior, however, remains very similar, if not the same. Dashboard and bulky instrument panel service the touch screen display which is in sort of a pole position. SYNC with MyFord touch doesn’t come standard from the get-go. Base, SE hybrid models have it as an option, while SEL hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrids have it as standard piece of equipment. Nine Sony speakers are optional as well and so is HD radio. EcoGuide smart gauge is present in all hybrid Ford’s and C-Max is not an exception. 2016 Ford C-Max is offered with only a few advanced electronic safety systems and most notable option is active park assist.
2016 Ford C-Max Price & MPG
Just like the most Ford’s hybrids, C-Max also used to suffer from inflated fuel economy figures. Current numbers stand at 42 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway for the hybrid and at 40/36 mpg for the plug-in model. Entry-level C-Max is rather affordable and starts from $24,000, while Energi badge costs almost $32,000. One will notice that these prices are in perfect accordance with those of Fusion sedan.
2016 Ford C-Max does an admirable job at moving 5 passengers around. MPV doesn’t have three rows of seats, but is comfortable and spacious enough to cover all your daily needs when it comes at people moving.