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The 2007 C-MAX also had changes to its interior, upping sophistication. New switchgear features contemporary dials instead of buttons (there's also an optional touch-screen centre display), while better quality materials and stylish orange ambient lighting raise the C-MAX's game. The seating position is excellent. It's more cockpit-like than you'd expect from a people carrier, thanks to the high-mounted gearlever and centre console. Visibility is an issue in this driver-orientated car, though. Obstructive A-Pillars make leaving junctions tricky. Rear passenger accommodation is good, though. Although legroom isn't quite class-leading, it's still spacious. The seating layout is versatile, too - the middle chair can be flipped out of the way, so the two outer seats can be moved diagonally backwards and inwards, creating more legroom if you need to accommodate only four. In terms of load carrying capability, it trails its rivals - but, thanks to the removable seats, the Ford's overall capacity is a considerable 1,633 litres. It's a pity storage is limited though, with no door pockets. And the C-MAX comes at a price; it's expensive by class standards, yet even the range-topping Titanium model still has a lengthy options list. We'd expect to see more as standard for this money - particularly given unimpressive retained values of around 35 per cent. The C-MAX doesn't seem as economical as rivals either, though Ford dealers do quote competitive prices for the 12,500-mile services.

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