One of them being the foot-activated liftgate which makes it possible to open the boot without even touching the car. You simply kick your foot under the rear bumper with the key tucked in your pocket or handbag, and the liftgate will open or close as you wish. A feature that comes in very handy when you’ve got your hands full (or a baby on your arm).
It was really surprising to me that you don’t need to have the keys in your hands at any time – not even when locking or unlocking the car. As long as the key is placed in a pocket or handbag you can lock and unlock the door by simply holding your hand over the door handle. And once inside the car there’s a starter button for the engine.
Another feature that has to be mentioned is the voice-activated touchscreen that helps you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. It easily connects with your smartphone, and turns into your PA who will help you with anything from texting (no hands needed) and playing your favourite music, to making a phone call, planning the journey to your destination, set the temperature in the car, or finding the nearest supermarket. Easy and safe.
I also love how easily the C-Max can be turned into your office on-the-go. While connected to your smartphone the touchscreen works as a wi-fi hotspot for your laptop, which makes it possible to browse the www, check your emails, and in my case, to update the blog. Obviously this requires that you are not driving the car yourself, or that you are parked.
I’m not very good at parallel parking. In fact the only time I’ve done a perfect parallel parking was at my driving test. Luckily there’s no need to sweat over parallel parking in this car as it comes with a parking assistant that not only helps you find a free spot but also steers the car into place. The only thing you have to do is to brake when it tells you to. The first couple of times it’s a nerve-racking experience to let go of the wheel and leave it to the car but once you’ve tried it a few times parallel parking has never been more relaxing.
The C-Max makes driving fun, and comes with all kind of cool features and technology. Like the driver surveillance mode that will tell you when it’s time for a coffee break. Or the lane keeping system that makes the wheel vibrate if you’re getting too close to the other lane without blinking (and automatically steers back into your lane). Or the technology that reads traffic signs to let you know about speeding limits etc.
You know how sometimes you don’t know you want something until you get it. And just like that, having had a car for a week, I now want a car.
Pictures by David Ole Wolthers