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10 things we learned about the Ford B-Max

Date: 17 March 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: MPV
Key rival: Renault Captur
Model tested: 1.0T Ecoboost Titanium X
Price as tested: £19,585

Does Ford's compact MPV B-Max make sense with the 1.0 T Ecoboost petrol motor, wonders Al Suttie?

1 - With 125hp from its 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, the Ecoboost B-Max feels nippier than its 10.9 second 0-62mph dash suggests.

2 - It helps there's 125lb ft of torque that works well with the five-speed manual gearbox to make it flexible on the move.

3 - As you'd expect, the transmission has a snicky, precise action that adds to the B-Max's driving fun.

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4 - Decent handling courtesy of its Fiesta-derived chassis puts the Renault Captur and Vauxhall Meriva in the shade.

5 - The claimed 57.7mpg is also enticing, but reality bites here with an average of 39.8mpg during our week with the car.

6 - Still, emissions of 114g/km won't bust the budget if you need the versatility offered by this compact people carrier.


7 - There may be only five pews, but the Ford has sliding side doors to make loading up the kids a doddle.

8 - However, the seats are quite narrow, so three abreast is a tight fit even with youngsters filling up the rear bench.

9 - It's a better deal for the driver, with a good seating position and all-round view.

10 - The dash main dash is clear to read, but the infotainment is now showing its age in layout and ease of use.