Had my new ES for a month now and am very pleased. I had a Ford B Max before which was a lovely car BUT it was a Powershift auto and did i have problems with it jerking. After a year ford relented and fitted a new clutch which fixed the jerking, the Technician who fitted it said it will go again in 3 years (they are already replacing 2013 cars with a second clutch he said). So that did it I part exchanged it for ES before the warranty expired.
I have to say the build quality of the 2018 ES is far better than the B Max, its quieter to run and no rattles which plagued my B Max. In fact it feels mor like the 2015 C Max I had for a short time.