Ford B-MAX (12 on) - Review

Review by Tim Bowdler
4
The Ford B-Max follows in the footsteps of Ford's popular C-Max and S-Max MPVs. Those have become firm favourites for families because they offer decent handling as well as practical and spacious interiors.

Ford B-MAX (12 on)
  • Low emissions
  • Wide-opening doors
  • 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is the pick of the bunch
  • Poor steering feedback
  • Too much body lean
  • Rear doors heavy to pull closed
  • Diesel can be noisy

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Ford B-Max follows in the footsteps of Ford's popular C-Max and S-Max MPVs. Those have become firm favourites for families because they offer decent handling as well as practical and spacious interiors. This new model is the smallest of the three but as the latest in the line-up it features a raft of breakthroughs by Ford.

Revolutionary rear doors

Most notable are the clever rear sliding doors that do away with the traditional mid pillars. This unique design means there's a huge 1.5-metre long opening on each side, making it easy to load big items and helping passengers to get in and out.

New technologies

The B-Max includes technologies such as Ford's Active City Stop that helps prevent collisions in slow-moving traffic by automatically braking if the system thinks you are about to hit the car in front. Buyers will also be able to specify Ford's SYNC system that allows you to control your music and phone with voice commands. This technology can also read out text messages.

Engine choices

The engine line-up starts with Ford's new 98bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that emits 119g/km of CO2. Then there’s the EcoBoost but that comes with stop/start and CO2 emissions of 114/g/km and an official average fuel consumption of 57.5mpg. There’s also a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol along with 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines – the latter offering a claimed average of 70.6mpg.

Max appeal?

The low running costs and excellent practicality on offer should help the B-Max appeal to a wide spectrum of society but it may take a little time for people to get their heads around the absence of mid-pillars. If Ford has got it right and the sliding doors catch on it is sure to be as popular as the S-Max and C-Max. In some respects it’s the perfect compromise: its compact dimensions might well appeal to the city dwellers that want something that's easy to park in tight spots and its clever use of space could prove irresistible to young families where spaciousness is a top priority. Is this latest on offering the real deal or just another MPV to add to a flooded market? Read our full Ford B-Max review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Easy loading due to wide side opening and sliding rear doors.  

4 out of 5

Alan Franklin ,   20 May 2014    ... read more

 Doors! The rear sliding doors and lack of B-pillar are not a gimmick, but genuinely useful for loading the car, particularly in confined places.  

5 out of 5

Geoff Rousell ,   25 Sep 2013    ... read more

 Much better acceleration/response than previous car - seat fold down much improved and front passenger seat fold down an added attraction.  

5 out of 5

David Wilkinson ,   14 May 2013    ... read more

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