The new Ford B-Max is offered with the choice of five engines, including Ford's new three-cylinder Ecoboost unit
13 August 2012

The new Ford B-Max baby MPV will cost from £12,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in September.

Ford's 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost unit will be offered alongside 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols, plus 1.5 and 1.6-litre Duratorq diesels and buyers can choose between three specification levels, including Studio, Zetec and Titanium.

With exception of the 1.6-litre petrol car, all engine variants of the B-Max are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The 1.6 variant drives the car's power through Ford's six-speed Powershift automatic 'box.    

Ford’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (first used in the Ford Focus) returns a claimed fuel economy figure off 55.4mpg (57.7mpg on stop-start-equipped models) and emits 119g/km and 114g/km CO2 respectively.

The cleanest and most economical B-Max model – the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi – achieves a claimed economy figure of 70.6mpg and emits 104g/km CO2. This engine variant is available on top-spec Titanium models only.

As standard, the Ford B-Max is equipped with a fold-flat passenger seat, 'one hand one motion' fold flat rear seats and a DAB.

Mid-spec Zetec models are priced from £15,600 and feature 15-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, chrome touches to the B-Max’s window and grille surrounds and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob.

Flagship Titanium B-Max cars add 16-inch alloys, cruise control, rain-sensing lights and windscreen wipers and an uprated stereo with multi-function display.

Our Verdict

Ford B-Max
B-Max's unique construction means it doesn't need conventional B-pillars

The Ford B-Max people-carrier introduces a novel pillarless door system, accessible space and a strong petrol engine into the supermini class

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13 August 2012

but the front end reminds me of the Peugeot 208.

13 August 2012

malz wrote:

but the front end reminds me of the Peugeot 208.

because it's ugly?

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13 August 2012

2xtrouble wrote:

malz wrote:

but the front end reminds me of the Peugeot 208.

because it's ugly?

I don't think its ugly, its the position of the numberplate that makes it look daft. It should be lower down in my eyes.

 

£12,995 is seriously cheap though.

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13 August 2012

Is this the three pot that was built in Australia and had lots of manufacturers chasing it?

The price is right - and so is the name

what's life without imagination

13 August 2012

5wheels wrote:

Is this the three pot that was built in Australia and had lots of manufacturers chasing it?

The price is right - and so is the name

 

Nope, the engine is built in Romania .. along with the rest of the car!

13 August 2012

5wheels wrote:

Is this the three pot that was built in Australia and had lots of manufacturers chasing it?

 

I think youre talking about the Orbital engine. That was a 2-stroke engine this new Ford engine is 4-stroke so unlikely they are related.

 Whatever happened to that Orbital engine ?

13 August 2012

Did the press release from April 2nd with all this price and spec information contained drop down the back of the desk?


13 August 2012

what an ugly duckling

14 August 2012

I think it's wise to wait for the crash test results before buying this car. The rear seat doesn't look all that accessible to me. The sliding door needs to open another 30 cms or so. I think a standard door would be more appealing. I wonder if the body is stiff enough to stop the body creaking as you drive up a driveway ramp at an angle, such that the wheels are at different heights?

14 August 2012

Lortaybill wrote:

I think it's wise to wait for the crash test results before buying this car. The rear seat doesn't look all that accessible to me. The sliding door needs to open another 30 cms or so. I think a standard door would be more appealing. I wonder if the body is stiff enough to stop the body creaking as you drive up a driveway ramp at an angle, such that the wheels are at different heights?

I'm sure it will do just fine in crash tests, Ford will have seen to that. But in a slightly more severe, real life accident, particularly a side impact, I wouldn't want my kids to be in it.

Agree with you on the rear seats, as somebody with two young kids you need better access to the seats than that.

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