The Ford B-Max handles well and the unique side door layout makes access to the rear seats relatively easy. Safety kit is comprehensive.
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.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Ford B-Max performance
The B-Max is available with four petrol engines - three-cylinder 1.0 Ecoboost units with 99- or 118bhp, and four-cylinder 1.4 or 1.6 units. There are 1.5 and 1.6 diesel options, too. The higher-powered 1.0 engine provides perky performance, but you feel a touch of turbo lag if you don't get your gearshifts right. The 1.4 petrol is needs working fairly very hard, but the 1.6 diesel is strong.
Ford B-Max ride & handling
The B-Max is a high-sided MPV, so there is some body lean through corners, but the car doesn’t flop over onto its door handles like you might expect. However, sporty handling probably isn’t your primary concern if you’re in the market for an MPV; you’re far more likely to want a car that keeps you and your family comfortable, and the B-Max doesn’t do that as well as it should. It thumps a bit too much over potholes and never completely settles even on the motorway.
Ford B-Max refinement
The B-Max does a decent job of keeping wind and road noise to a minimum. The gearshift and clutch have a slick, well-weighted quality that adds to the B-Max's grown-up feel, too. However, the 1.0 Ecoboost engines send a bit too much vibration thought the steering wheel and pedals under acceleration, and the rasping three-cylinder exhaust note won't be to all tastes, either. The 1.4 petrol 1.6 diesel are boomy, too, and the lack of a sixth gear means they rev excessively at motorway speeds.