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  • Launched in 2012
  • MPV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2012
  • Body type
    MPV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Fiesta wagon with fun spirit

Best bits

  • Clever doors add to big practicality
  • Fun to drive 
  • Good specification and engine range

Not so great

  • Firm ride might not suit all
  • Won’t win any beauty contests
  • Entry-level petrol engines are best avoided

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Overall verdict

"Ford’s MPV expertise is evident in the B-MAX, which is impressively practical for a car so small. It doesn’t skimp on the driving experience either, and with a good specification and low running costs, there is a lot to like about it."

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The MPV revolution seems like a lifetime ago - now most people flock towards bulky SUVs if they want something big and vaguely practical - but a decade ago people carriers of all shapes and sizes were still the favoured solution for getting your kids in the car without blowing a fuse. With successful models like the Galaxy, C-MAX and S-MAX already in the range, it made sense for Ford to downsize to the max, spinning a five-seat MPV off the bones of the Fiesta to create the B-MAX.



While it was never going to be able to carry seven people, Ford managed to boost the practicality of its small MPV by installing a pair of sliding rear doors. Better yet, it went one further and did away with the B-pillar - the vertical beam you normally get between the front and rear doors - by incorporating strengthening into the doors themselves, leaving a huge aperture that made it a breeze to get into the rear seats.


There are further upsides to the B-MAX being based on the Fiesta too. The engine range is wider than you get with most cars, with a choice of four petrols and two diesel versions depending on the model year, with a Powershift automatic gearbox available too. Pick of the bunch are the two tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrols - they may only have three cylinders but they punch well above their weight, and help to make the B-MAX more fun to drive than you might expect - and are frugal with it.


The rest of the driving experience is similarly impressive. Ford has been imbuing all its cars with the fundamentals of a good driving experience for decades, and the B-MAX is no different. Just like its Fiesta sibling, it has sharp and reactive steering and well-sorted suspension that keeps it composed, helping the driver stay in touch with the road. You might not be intending to hurl your B-MAX down a country road on the way home from school, but a car that steers and rides with confidence is always preferable to one that doesn’t.


Inside there’s more carryover from the Fiesta, which is somewhat less of a positive. Much of the dashboard, controls and instruments are ported straight across, and while familiarity is usually a good thing, it’s not perfect. Some of the materials feel a little on the cheap side - if likely to be hard-wearing - and if you go for a higher spec model the sheer number of buttons in front of you can be a little confusing. Practicality is strong though, helped by those smart rear doors, and it makes the most of its footprint with plenty of storage and sensible features.


The B-MAX also represents good value. Production ended in 2017 but there are plenty of examples out on the road, with the cheapest nearing the £3,000 mark. In particular, the Zetec models make the most sense, giving you the widest choice of engines and a good specification. It was also the most popular trim, so you should find lots to choose from.


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1.6 Zetec 5dr Powershift

  • 2016
  • 53,450 miles
  • TrustFord Cobham
  • Surrey, KT111JJ
Price:£8,500
HP: £240.65/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £240.65, Customer Deposit: £1,275.00, Total Deposit: £1,275.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,438.40, Total Amount Payable: £9,938.40, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 12.1%

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1.6 Zetec 5dr Powershift

  • 2014
  • 33,500 miles
  • Caffyns Ashford
  • Kent, TN240HB
Price:£7,395
HP: £198.59/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £198.59, Customer Deposit: £1,109.00, Total Deposit: £1,109.25, Total Charge For Credit: £863.49, Total Amount Payable: £8,258.49, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.58%

Is the Ford B-MAX right for you?

If you want or need to carry a lot of stuff and/or people on a regular basis but want to do so in a small car, your choices are relatively limited. The B-MAX makes an excellent case for itself though. It is a practical car even before you take into consideration the sliding rear doors, and if you regularly have people getting in and out of the back seats - or even use the space as a makeshift van - you’ll wonder how you lived without it.


It also drives well enough that it won’t feel like a compromise, although if you can live with a conventional Fiesta you’ll save yourself some money and have a car that is easier to sell on afterwards.

What’s the best B-MAX model/engine to choose?

As far as your model choices go, the basic Studio is enough to get by but lacks some of the more appealing extras, which no doubt contributed to it being ditched from the range later in the car’s life. Better to plump for the Zetec model as the pick of the range - plenty to choose from, an increased range of engines plus some of the more important extras like the Quickclear heated windscreen, air conditioning and the better SYNC infotainment system.


From the engine range, the 1.5-litre diesel is frugal sufficiently brisk, but either of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrols makes the smartest choice. We’d go for the more powerful 125PS version as it also gets stop/start as standard.

What other cars are similar to the Ford B-MAX?

Just like the old days, the main rival to Ford comes from Vauxhall, in the shape of the Meriva. The most recent version arrived a couple of years before the B-MAX in 2010, and had its own take on better access to the rear seats with a pair of ‘suicide’ doors - hinged from the rear rather than the front.


Pigeonholed as a small hatchback rather than an MPV, Honda’s Jazz is almost somewhere between the two. It has a small footprint but a tall body and impressive space efficiency and is a sensible compromise if you don’t want the full MPV experience. If you want something more utilitarian, look at Ford's own Tourneo Connect.

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