Five things you need to know about the Ford B-Max
As a popular MPV vehicle, find out the key features of the Ford B-Max and whether it is the car for you.
The Ford B-Max arrived as a rather radical new take on the classic MPV formula. Key to this was its rather innovative door setup - which we’ll come to shortly - as well as a keen and surprisingly involving driving experience. Much like other Fords, the B-Max also incorporated plenty of standard equipment and a wide range of efficient engines.
Let’s take a look at the 5 things you need to know about this quirky MPV.
A clever door layout makes accessing the cabin easy
As we’ve already highlighted, one of the aspects that really makes the B-Max stand out is its door layout. The middle pillar that you’d usually find on the conventional car has been removed which, when combined with the B-Max’s sliding doors, means that you’ve got an open and clear entry into the cabin.
Particularly for those who might find getting in and out of a car a bit of a struggle, this could prove to be a particularly useful feature.
Fiesta underpinnings mean it’s good to drive
The B-Max used the ever-popular Fiesta platform which means that, just like the regular hatchback, it’s good to drive. You get nicely weighted steering and a good degree of body control which allows you to enjoy driving the B-Max.
In fact, the B-Max really does shine through against its rivals in this department.
All cars get a lot of standard features
If you’re after plenty of in-car technology, then the B-Max should be on your list. All cars get ISOFIX child seat anchor points, a CD player and plenty of adjustment for the steering wheel. You’ll find that most cars were finished in at least Titanium specification, which brings alloy wheels and climate control as well as heated mirrors.
These specification cars also boast cruise control, which really helps to make longer journeys a bit easier.
There’s a decent-sized boot
A good-size boot is crucial in an MPV and in that sense the B-Max does very well. In fact, there’s 318 litres of space back there, which can be extended by folding down the rear seats. The boot also incorporates a false floor, allowing you to store thinner items underneath the boot’s conventional floor.
The boot opening is of a good size too, while the low sill height will make loading heavier or bulky items in there easier.
Diesel engines bring lower running costs
Though the diesel engines will be some of the most wallet-friendly to run, you’re not out of luck when it comes to petrol options with the B-Max either. We’d opt for the peppy 1.0-litre turbocharged unit which gives a decent turn of pace, in contrast to the 1.4-litre engine which can feel a little sluggish when tasked with the job of getting the B-Max up to speed.
When it comes to diesel, there’s just one - a 1.5-litre unit - though it’s available with either 74 or 94bhp. Don’t expect razor-sharp acceleration, mind you, as 0-60mph will take around 13 seconds.
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Published: August 5, 2021