Review

Ford B-MAX mini MPV

Price  £13,195 - £19,445

Ford B-MAX mini MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

At a glance

Our Pick
1.0T 125PS EcoBoost s/s Titanium 5dr £17,395
The greenest
1.5 TDCi 95PS Titanium 5dr £18,245
The cheapest
1.4 90PS Studio 5dr £13,195
The fastest
1.0T 140PS EcoBoost Zetec Silver Edition 5dr £17,245
Top of the range
1.5 TDCi 95PS Titanium X 5dr £19,445

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

It's rare to find a small family car that offers as much versatility as the Ford B-MAX. Though it has much in common with the best-selling Ford Fiesta, the B-MAX has a more spacious cabin and two sliding rear doors that make it very practical for families. It's also adept at carrying bulky and long items, and has a well shaped, large boot.

The most striking aspect of the B-MAX is the absence of a pillar between the front and rear doors. With all the doors open, there is a huge opening to the inside of the car with no obstructions, making getting in and out, loading, and fitting items like child seats an absolute breeze.

The B-MAX has competition from the likes of the Citroen C3 Picasso, Hyundai ix20 and Vauxhall Meriva but none of them boast this unusual configuration, making the Ford hard to beat in practicality terms.

B-MAX buyers have the choice of some impressive engines, including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol. There are three different versions to choose from, with all of them offering decent power and economy. The best, however, is the most powerful 123bhp version. It may take a rather unimpressive 11.2 seconds to get the car from 0-62mph but on the road it feels quicker than the time suggests, and more than powerful enough for this type of car.

A 1.6-litre engine is the pick of the two diesels on offer, delivering a useful extra dose of power over the 1.5-litre diesel while still managing fuel economy of more than 70mpg.

Despite the height of the B-MAX, which ought to make it lean and roll in corners more than normal, the car handles surprisingly well; there's plenty of grip around bends and the body of the car stays relatively still. The suspension has been made quite firm to achieve this control but it doesn’t make the car uncomfortable on longer journeys.

Inside, the B-MAX boasts a quality interior. There are four trim levels to choose from, starting from entry-level Studio and moving up to more luxurious Titanium X. Though you do get a digital radio in the Studio model, equipment is quite sparse otherwise and we’d recommend moving up to the Titanium spec, which also means you can choose the best EcoBoost petrol engine. Titanium cars feature alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Ford's impressive Quickclear heated windscreen and a mirror specifically designed to allow you to watch how your children are or aren't behaving in the back.

While the lack of pillars between the doors might make you concerned about the car's structural integrity in an accident, you can rest assured that the B-MAX was awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP. Safety kit on the car includes airbags, electronic stability control, emergency braking assistance and tyre pressure monitoring.

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

3.6 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"The Ford B-Max is easy to get in and out of, very practical and great to drive."
3 / 5
"The Ford B-Max is a decent compact MPV – but stick with the cheaper versions."
4 / 5
"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."
7 / 10
"The B-Max should be very economical around town, and it comes with lots of safety features to keep you and your loved ones safe. "
What owners say 
3.4833333333333
3.5 /5 based on 18 reviews
61%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
20 Jan 2016
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