What's the used Ford B-Max hatchback like?
If you’ve ever been in the situation whereby you're trying to put a child into a car seat and there are cars parkded close-by on either side of you, you’ll understand why the sliding rear doors and lack of central pillars of the Ford B-Max are incredibly useful features.
Since it’s based on the Fiesta, the B-Max uses the same range of engines as its small hatchback sibling. The petrol line-up starts with an 89bhp 1.4-litre unit, a 104bhp 1.6-litre and the excellent turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost in 99bhp and 123bhp form. If you want a diesel, there’s a 1.5-litre in 74bhp and 94bhp forms.
As MPVs go, the B-Max drives rather well. The ride is stiffer than you’ll find on most of its rivals because of the need to keep body lean to a minimum in corners, but the ride quality is still capable enough to deal with speed humps and small road imperfections. The steering is well weighted and very accurate, and the gearbox is slick.
The party piece of the B-Max is that there is no central pillar, but in order to maintain the structural integrity of the car, the doors are quite a bit wider than normal and are therefore much heavier, too. This also creates a wide sill for passengers to have to step over, so while the B-Max is great for new families, it isn’t quite so good for those with older children. The boot is also not as big as those of the C3 Picasso and Meriva.
Another issue is with the dashboard design, which is also lifted from the Fiesta. It has far too many small buttons for the radio and infotainment system that are hard to read or use on the move, and the screen they control is titchy.
Mid-range Zetec trim comes with lots of standard equipment, including air conditioning, 15in alloy wheels, a heated windscreen and LED daytime running lights.