Ford B-MAX mini MPV

Price  £13,095 - £19,325

Ford B-MAX mini MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Wide door opening
  • As easy to drive as a Ford Fiesta
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Quality isn’t up to Volkswagen standards
  • No seven-seat option
  • Automatic only comes with one engine

At a glance

The greenest
1.5 TDCi 95PS Titanium 5dr £18,125
The cheapest
1.4 90PS Studio 5dr £13,095
The fastest
1.0T 125PS EcoBoost s/s Titanium 5dr £17,295
Top of the range
1.5 TDCi 95PS Titanium X 5dr £19,325

"The Ford B-MAX is a mini MPV with unique doors designed to maximise its practicality. It’s fun to drive, too."

The Ford B-MAX is based on the Ford Fiesta, but is characterised by its unique side doors, which open away from each other to reveal a huge, uninterrupted, pillarless 1.5-metre opening.

This is great news for families who need to strap in their most precious cargo or fit bulky child seats and gives the Ford unique selling point over rival models such as the Vauxhall Meriva, Citroen C3 Picasso and Hyundai ix20. A tall roof makes interior headroom and legroom a real highlight, and on the move the car's suspension is firm but comfortable.

Every engine offers competitive running costs, but even the fastest only gets you from 0-62mph in a modest 11.2 seconds. While it's no rocket ship, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol model is the best all-rounder, thanks to its decent mixture of performance and fuel economy. The diesels are thriftier but cost more to buy and the 1.5-litre TDCi is slow – go for the 1.6-litre TDCi if your budget will stretch that far.

Ford has worked hard to ensure the B-MAX is as safe without those door pillars as it would be with them. The B-MAX scored a full a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating and no skimping with safety kit on the lower trim levels. We’d avoid the basic Studio model, though, as its kit list is a little sparse. Zetec adds essential tech like air-con, while Titanium and Titanium X are very luxurious for a car in this class.

The B-MAX starts at just under £13,000 for the 1.4-litre petrol in Studio trim, but if you choose our recommended model, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, you’ll be paying well over £15,000. Our preferred diesel (the 1.6-litre TDCi) costs almost £17,000 before you even think of upgrading it to a higher trim.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.6 / 5

The Ford B-MAX diesel is costly to buy, making the impressive EcoBoost petrol very appealing

Engines, drive & performance

4.1 / 5

Avoid the sluggish entry-level Ford B-MAX engines and you’ll be driving the most fun car in its class

Interior & comfort

3.9 / 5

The Ford B-MAX is an easy car to live with, but its dashboard feels cluttered

Practicality & boot space

4.6 / 5

The Ford B-MAX has a small boot, but unique side doors and thoughtful design makes up for it

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

Ford isn’t performing well for customer satisfaction these days, but the Ford B-MAX is very safe

What the others say

4.2 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
The Ford B-MAX supermini MPV gives a great drive and sliding-door flexibility. It's based on the excellent Fiesta but features a taller roof, innovative sliding doors and versatile five-seater interior. The lack of B-pillars means it is incredibly practical, while loading kids and kit into the back is a doddle.
5 / 5
Don’t go thinking the B-Max is just a bloated Fiesta, though, it's far more clever than that. The B-Max comes with sliding rear doors and no central pillar, an arrangement that is designed to provide easy access.
3.5 / 5
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.
What owners say 
3.6 /5 based on 15 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
2 Dec 2014
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