Ford B-MAX 1.0 EcoBoost
The innovative Ford B-MAX has arrived in the UK with the company’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre engine
The new Ford B-MAX supermini-MPV is now on sale in the UK, and we were first to grab the keys for a drive through London’s crowded streets.
For anyone who’s not seen the clever TV ad – where a high diver dives straight through the centre of the car – the B-MAX’s USP is the lack of a centre B-pillar which makes getting in and out (or diving through) a doddle.
We tested a top-spec Titanium model, pricey at £18,195. But that does buy you a car with Ford’s brilliant, multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine under the bonnet, with 118bhp. You can get a cheaper 99bhp version, but the more powerful model offers great response, impressive refinement and superb economy for a petrol engine. Who’d have thought it only had three cylinders?
Inside, quality is okay – as it is in the Fiesta – while the extra height means decent space for four, or five at a push. The boot isn’t exactly huge, but it’ll be big enough most of the time and the rear seats fold easily.
Ford’s full roster of in-car gadgets also features, including the SYNC infotainment system that’ll link your phone to voice control and even read your text messages to you. Plus, there’s Active City Stop, which aims to put an end to nose-to-tail shunts.
- Price: £18,195
- Engine: 1.0-litre 3cyl, 118bhp
- Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive
- 0-62mph: 11.2 seconds
- Top speed: 117mph
- Economy: 57.7mpg
- CO2: 114g/km
- Equipment: 16-inch alloy wheels, SYNC voice control, DAB radio
- On sale: Now