Thanks - I have already test driven three different variants, and in general am impressed with the seat versatility (I have no need for 7 seats), build quality, comfort and above all, the drive. 1.6. petrol is a bit feeble, though, but the 1.8 seems better. Diesels probably better engines, but prices seem much higher, and as it will do probably no more than 8,000 miles a year, I wonder whether the better fuel consumption will be worth it. On the other hand, some have said the1.8's fuel consumption is low 30s.
Still not sure whether I should go with my heart (I really like the car, in Ghia trim) or my head - i.e. go for something with better stated reliability - the JD Power survey also questions the C-Max reliability.