There I am, waiting to collect my 1.8 petrol on Saturday, and reading all these gloomy tales. I am getting it to save on running costs, having enjoyed a Lexus RX300 for the last few years. The Lexus was about two and a half years old, and almost half-price at 25,000 miles, when we bought it in 2007. Almost 40k later, the £260 road tax and 26mpg seemed a bit too much, plus the pending new tyres at £160 a corner, though the servicing was always very reasonable. And the dealer service truly fantastic - the surveys aren't exaggerating:- "New wiper blade, Sir? Certainly. Please enjoy this coffee while we fit it for you. Would you like car washed and vacuumed too?"
The C-Max I'm buying displayed 31.6 mpg average on the computer when I test drove it. A rash assumption, maybe, but the trip meter had exactly the same last 4 digits as the speedo, so I have a hunch it has never been reset! Whether it will be showing the average of the entire 26,000 miles, or a lesser figure - perhaps the last 5000 only? - maybe an expert here can answer. But not amazing, is it?
Am hoping my motorway cruises will boost this considerably, and maybe it needs a good thrashing if it has been used for short commutes. I have a hunch it needs a longer 5th, or better, a 6th gear. It was showing well over 3,000 rpm at 70 mph. Does anyone know the official mph/1000rpm, please?
Certainly, official 'combined' figures are no guide, especially those from the last few years, where cars are tweaked to hit 119gm of CO2 or whatever. I can get over 30mpg from my 272bhp Merc on a clear run, where it has a 7 speed automatic, which you wouldn't think was a recipe for thrift! Ironically, though the Lexus official combined figure is 23.2, I always bettered that, calculating the actual usage, not just relying on the computer readout. However, the C-Max figure of 39.8 is now my target!
Here's hoping... I'll let you know after a few thousand miles.
2008 model 1.8 petrol C-Max Zetec in Avalon Blue - arrived 14 May 2011. Also own and drive: 2005 Mercedes Benz SLK350 and wife\'s Fiat Panda 1.2 skydome.