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Awards 2012 - Mini-MPV: Ford C-max

Date: 24 January 2012

Launched just over a year ago, the new Ford C-max has wrestled this award back from the 2011 champion, Volkswagen's Touran.

The new model comes in two sizes - the five-seat C-max and the larger seven-seat Grand C-max, giving Ford a seven-seat small people carrier for the first time, sitting below the S-max and Galaxy in an MPV quartet.

The five-seater is designed to attract buyers for whom a new, but smaller, Focus - with its sportier, rakish styling - isn't quite practical enough.

Ford's five-seater C-max gets under 120g/km and offers 61.4mpg with the 115hp 1.6 TDCi diesel engine, or under 130g/km and 57.7mpg in the larger Grand body style.

The Blue Oval's smallest people carrier also offers impressive levels of standard equipment, with the most popular Zetec trim coming with a DAB digital radio and Bluetooth.

Although it's not the primary factor underpinning buying decisions in this sector, the C-max, being a Ford, handles as well as anything in the class, maintaining the brand's reputation for cars that are fun to drive as well as practical - and now BusinessCar Award-winning too.