It seats five passengers and has a large amount of cargo space, which can be increased by folding the rear seats flat. Some models feature diagonally sliding outer rear seats. It also shares the control blade independent rear suspension from the Focus.
The available engines are the same as the Focus — the petrol versions are the 1.6L, 1.8L and 2.0L aluminium Duratec, and the 1.8L Duratec Flexifuel, which runs on E85 bioethanol or petrol, while the diesel engines are the PSA-developed Duratorq 66kW (90hp) and 85kW (109hp) 1.6 (1560cc)L, Ford's own Lynx Duratorq 1.8L 85kW (115hp), and the PSA-designed 100kW (136hp) 2.0L.
In the United Kingdom, the car is available in Studio, Style, Zetec and Titanium trim levels.
The pre-facelift version of the car (2003-2007) was called the Ford Focus C-Max. The name change to C-Max is attributable to Ford's MPV strategy of creating a 'Max' branded line of MPVs, starting with the Ford S-Max, launched in 2006.