Ford B-Max performance levels aren’t particularly awe-inspiring right across the range. The entry-level 98bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will get from 0-62mph in 13.2 seconds and has a top speed of 109mph, while the 119bhp version with start/stop will do the benchmark sprint in 11.2 seconds with a top speed of 117mph. Even though this is least powerful on the range the EcoBoost engine is the best.
It may not have the top end speed or amazing 0-62mph times but it feels more advanced. It's easily the engine the correct engine choice for most buyers. The 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol will accelerate from 0-62mph in 13.8 seconds with a top speed of 106mph and the 1.6-litre 104bhp will get there in 12.1 seconds and top out at 112mph. The 1.6-litre diesel was comfortable when cruising at motorway speeds but it did need working quite hard to get it up to speed and it did get quite vocal when pushed hard.
For town driving it is quite adequate but there is delay before the engine responds and the turbocharger kicks in. The stats tell you it will do 0-62mph in 13.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 108mph, while the lower-powered 1.5-litre with 74bhp will get to 62mph from a standstill in a rather recalcitrant 16.5 seconds with a top speed of 98mph.
The Ford B-Max capable on the road but enthusiastic drivers will be disappointed. The B-Max has a softly sprung suspension making it better equipped for motorways rather than twisty B roads. The steering is direct but there is little feel or feedback through the steering for the driver. The brakes are strong and gearchange is slick, which is particularly welcome when driving around town.
We can forgive the B-Max for not handling like its sibling Focus because of the extended height of the car which means a lot of body lean which makes it feel rather cumbersome in the middle of the corners. Still, those who buy this car won't be after pin-point driving dynamics and adapt road-holding. As a mini people carrier and it is more than up to the job.