Ford's engineers have done a cracking job with the B-Max.
Comfort and Refinement
All-round vision out of the B-Max is pretty good, although the front pillars on either side of the windscreen are quite thick. Front seat comfort is good for an average sized driver and front passenger, but anyone a bit on the beefy side may find the seats a bit tight across the shoulders. A neat feature is the upper seat belt anchorages built into the seats themselves throughout the car, rather than using attachments to the car body which is the more normal method. Petrol models have generally good refinement but the 1.6 litre diesel is a little noisier than we would ideally like.
Safety and Security
The Ford B-MAX has been awarded five-star in the latest Euro NCAP safety assessments. The car comes with standard front and side airbags and a good level of safety kit.
An eight-speaker Sony audio system is standard, and the car has Bluetooth connectivity. When connected to your mobile phone, the car is programmed to read out incoming text messages. Other standard kit includes keyless entry and a Power start button. Depending on version, other kit includes a rear-view camera and voice control.
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What We Liked
- Sliding doors
- Roomy for its size
- Friendly to drive
- Good economy
- Reasonably priced
What We Disliked
- Diesel engine noise
- Only a five-speed gearbox
What We Would Like To See
- A sixth gear added to the gearbox and a bit more engine insulation
Ford's engineers have done a cracking job with the B-Max. It is pleasantly-styled, good to drive and is a very easy-to-load, practical small family car. The sliding doors give good access even when parking in tight urban car park spaces. It is versatile and reasonably priced. Well worth considering.3 September 2012
Ford B-MAX Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford B-MAX 1.6 TDCi Titanium|
|Body Type||5-door MPV|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||108 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||78.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Star|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 03/09/12)||£18,895|