We had a C-Max (1.8 petrol) as our last family car (also known to me as 'the blue-van', & 'stinking heap of crap'!)
From day one, I considered it appalling;
In anything less than brilliant sunshine/hot weather, it misted up chronically, unless air-con was on (I hate the bloody stuff!)
A maximum of 30MPG for SWMBOs business mileage to Cardiff (I could manage 35MPG driving it locally, but I drive like a snail)
Seats stained as soon as you looked at them (okay, yes, that was perhaps due to the trim in that varient?)
4 sets of front tyres in about 30,000 miles*
Putting gear into the roof-box, or a bike on the roof was a nightmare, unless standing on a stool or high-kerb
Two broken windscreens in a year. AutoGlass guys told us it happens a lot, due to the rake & stresses due to glass size/scuttle-shake (can't verify that though)
On the up-side, it had cool LED tail-lights
I realise that's a bad review, when all you can say is it has great tail-lights
We thankfully replaced it with an Octavia estate; a '11' plate, SE
It costs peanuts to insure (£280 F/C with 4 drivers, & business cover for SWMBO)
VED is £30.00!!!
Tyres are a sensible size, & therefore it rides nicely (& high sidewalls protect the alloys)
Very comfortabel/supportive seating (home to Cardiff in one jump, & no discomfort)
It has nice BIG tail-lights for her motorway trips (& 4 bulbs per side!!)
Only slight downsides are;
Touch-screen radio/CD requires eyes taking off the road to make sure you select correct station (ie; finger properly placed)
'Organ pedal' accelerator - all the water/mud in your shoe runs down it & soaks carpet, instead of onto a mat as with a normal pedal
(that said, I'm not oen for washing cars, but I hate having mucky interiors)
Overall. we're extremely satisfield with it, & would definately buy another one (or maybe a Superb estate)
The Octavia has just short of 27,000 miles showing, & on the original set (hope to maybe see 30,000, they are; 205/60 x 15 Dunlop 'SP Sport 01')
Ok this is going to sound very very snobby but after having more cars than you can shake a stick at the only cars I'll consider now are Audi, Vw and Toyota and for vans Merc or Vw. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/07-56-vw-tran ... 1058wt_984
Our neighbour has one of these - perhaps not in as plush a specification as that one - and it's a cracking vehicle
I think it's the 3.0 Tdi, they tow a large Hobby caravan with it.
It has 8 seats, & still has loads
of room behind the 3rd row, air-con to 2nd & 3rd rows.
The only slight downside is a slightly 'choppy' ride in the 3rd row, but you are above the axle.
Richard A Thackeray
Featherstone Road Club
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