Ford B-Max is an ideal small family car

The new and innovative Ford B-Max has arrived. The B-Max effectively replaces the Fusion, so it sits in the Ford model line-up between the Fiesta and Focus. Ford have also just launched a new and innovative petrol engine.

The new and innovative Ford B-Max has arrived. The B-Max effectively replaces the Fusion, so it sits in the Ford model line-up between the Fiesta and Focus. Ford have also just launched a new and innovative petrol engine.

By Hugh Maguire

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There are two power outputs for this new engine – a 100PS and a 125PS power output – and this week, my test car is the all new B-Max with the 100PS Eco Boost petrol engine.

Two models are offered, with petrol and diesel engines available, the B-Max and the B-Max Titanium, subject of this review.

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First Impressions

The style is neat and tidy. The new B-Max has the now familiar Ford front end, while the rear is rather angular looking.

The real novelty feature here is that there is no central B pillar (between the front and rear door) and it boasts sliding rear doors on both sides.

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Behind The Wheel

The cabin is roomy for such a compact car.

Head and legroom in both the front and rear is good and the slightly elevated driving position does give a good view of the road ahead.

The sliding doors with out the central pillar give great access particularly to the rear of the car which makes loading child seats and the like into the back a doddle.

With both the front and rear sliding door open, there is 1.5m of access to the cabin which is excellent.

Standard equipment is comprehensive – with a host of safety features including multiple airbags, ABS and of course ESP. The B-Max boasts a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The new B-MAX is also the first European Ford to offer the company’s acclaimed SYNC system.

SYNC is an advanced voice control, device integration and connectivity interface, which enables users to connect mobile phones and music players by Bluetooth or USB, make hands-free telephone calls, and control music and other functions using voice commands.

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Performance

The new 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine is the real story of this car.

The new 1.0 litre petrol is a three-cylinder engine with a power output of either 100 PS or 125PS. The 100 PS unit is mated to a five-speed gearbox, while the 125 PS unit gets a six-speed gearbox.

I found performance to be very good indeed. It is a refined motorway cruiser and manages to deliver good acceleration as well as economy.

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Road Behaviour

As with all Fords I have driven of late, the new B-Max rides and handles very well indeed. It feels nicely balanced and proves very quiet and refined.

I drove the B-Max in some dreadful weather, and after a long journey in such conditions, I came away from the new B-Max most impressed by its capabilities.

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Verdict

There are four engines available. the 1.0 Ecoboost on test here, a 1.4 litre 90 PS petrol a 1.5 litre 75 PS diesel and a 1.6 litre petrol Auto.

Without a doubt the new 1.0 litre Eco boost will be the most popular model in Ireland, as it offers the lowest road tax as well as excellent economy.

Overall, I really was impressed by the new B-Max. It is an ideal small family car which proves versatile and flexible thanks to those big sliding side doors. Added to which it is really quite nice to drive!