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For The Ford B-Max handles well and the unique side door layout makes access to the rear seats relatively easy. Safety kit is comprehensive.

Against The B-Max's dash takes a bit of getting used to, and the ride is rather firm for a family car. Some versions are very pricey, too.

Ford B-Max MPV
33 5stars

The Ford B-Max is a decent compact MPV – but stick with the cheaper versions.

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There are 12 Ford B-Max versions available

MPV 1.4 90 Studio 5dr £12,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.4 90 Zetec 5dr £14,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T EcoBoost 100 Zetec 5dr £15,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T EcoBoost 125 Zetec S/S 5dr £15,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.5 TDCi 75 Zetec 5dr £16,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 105 Zetec Powershift 5dr £16,465
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T EcoBoost 100 Titanium 5dr £16,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr £16,695
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T EcoBoost 125 Titanium S/S 5dr £17,195
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 105 Titanium Powershift 5dr £17,665
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 95 Titanium 5dr £17,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.0T EcoBoost 125 Titanium X 5dr £18,395
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

If you’ve a young family and want a car that’s fun to drive, easy to park, light on fuel and decent on practicality, then the B-Max is worth a look.

We can see the appeal of the diesel’s impressive economy and strong pulling power, but it’s also an expensive option, so you’ll need to do plenty of miles to warrant the premium over the petrols.

Don’t be put off by the 99bhp 1.0 petrol’s puny capacity. This engine is turbocharged and uses the latest electronics to deliver the punch of a 1.6. Yet, when you take it easy, Ford says it’ll return 55mpg. That said, the 1.4 petrol is probably your best bet, because it’s nippy enough and keeps the price down.

It’s best to avoid the entry trim and go for the mid-range Zetec, which gives you features including alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB radio, a heated windscreen, four electric windows, USB connectivity and Bluetooth.

Bear in mind that Ford dealers are always keen to sweeten the deal, so haggle hard.

Reader test team says:

Ford B-Max MPV 1.6 TDCi 95 Titanium 5dr

I think the Ford B-max looks good for a small MPV. In my opinion, the car is good to drive. The steering is sharp and accurate, the ride (although…

Adam Teel

4 out of 5 stars

Ford B-Max MPV 1.0T EcoBoost 100 Zetec 5dr

I think the Ford B-max looks good for a small MPV. In my opinion, the car is good to drive. The steering is sharp and accurate, the ride (although…

Adam Teel

4 out of 5 stars
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