Ford B-Max review

Ford B-MAX

I have been enjoying the parade of new cars from big blue. The new Ford B-MAX is no exception. Its a cleverly designed premium compact car which can double as a micro van.

The pretty unique feature is the rear doors which slide open, which is great in a garage and in a parking lot and because the middle (or B) pillar is built into the door the opening is as big as a van, or 1.5m wide. Ford calls it the easy access door system, and it is just that.

Ford B-Max

Ford B-Max

The B MAX is built on Ford’s B platform on which it shares with the Fiesta and EcoSport, but the interior feels bigger than that of the Fiesta and the boot is really bigger, squeezed into a just over 4m long car. The boot space is 304 litres when rear seat is being used but enlarges to 1 372 litres with the rear seat folded. The rear seats have seven folding combinations giving a 2.35m long load area.

Ford-B-Max-297_dashIt comes with a choice of one engine in two power outputs and three trim levels, Ambiente, Trend and Titanium but only in manual, at least for now.

The engine is the very efficient and effective 1 litre 3 cylinder EcoBoost unit which provides a zippy 92kw and torque of 171 Nm. The cherry on top is that you can expect around or just above 5 litre/100km.

Electronic stability control and hill launch assist are standard as are all the expected safety systems.
Nice to have items include electric windows, rear parking distance sensors, rear fog lamps, follow me home lights and daytime running lights, and a 1.5 litre bottle holder.

Ford-B-Max-252-bumThe fuel computer displays distance to empty, average fuel consumption, average speed, outside temperature. Included as standard is a rear power point and rear view mirror with reverse camera display, except in the base model.

The sound system includes a good Radio, CD, USB & Aux, Bluetooth, 8 speakers, 4.2″ TFT colour screen and the SYNC Gen1 interactive connectivity system.

I liked this car. It is practical, comfortable, handles and performs well and is a good size being small enough to fit small spaces but big enough to take a proper load and have good road manners. It drives almost as well as the Fiesta.

The Titanium model we drove had the panoramic roof, which gives an impression of space. The interior feels bright and airy.

The range is priced from R223 900 to R274 900.

Possible alternatives include the Ford Ecosport, Toyota Avanza, Honda Mobilio, Kia Soul and Suzuki Ertiga. A direct competitor is the Fiat 500L.

All B-MAXs have a warranty of 4 yr / 120 000km and a service plan for 4 yr / 60 000km.

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Ford B-MAX arrives in SA

The Ford B-MAX has finally made it to our shores.

Based on Ford’s global B-car platform – shared with the Fiesta – the B-MAX is Ford’s idea of a premium compact multi-activity vehicle. So its a MAV not a MPV!

Ford B-MAX

Ford B-MAX

“The new Ford B-MAX really challenges traditional small car thinking, and pioneers a concept not attempted by any other manufacturer,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “Its ingenious design opens the doors – quite literally – to exciting new ideas about what’s possible with a compact vehicle.”

ford-b-max__side_door_openSome interesting aspects:

Unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front and sliding rear doors integrates the traditional central pillar structure into the front and rear doors, rather than forming part of the bodyshell itself.

The flexible seating system features 60/40 split rear seats that can be folded flat with a simple “one-hand, one-motion” mechanism. The front passenger seat can also be folded, creating an extensive flat load floor from front to rear.

ford-b-max__dashThe entry-level B-MAX Ambiente 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine produces 74kW while the mid-range Trend and range-topping Titanium derivatives boast a 92kW output. Both versions feature a peak torque of 170Nm. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated as low as 4.9 l/100km (says Ford) matched to a CO2 emissions figure of 114 g/km for the 92kW models.

Ford SYNC® voice control, device integration and connectivity interface.

Equipment includes Sony audio system, keyless entry, Power Start Button, Ford MyKey® functionality, Rear View Camera and leather-trimmed upholstery on the range topping model.

There are three trim levels.

B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente R 221 900
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Trend R 246 900
B-Max 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium R 271 900
Options:
Metallic Paint R 750 R 658

The B-MAX is sold with a 4-year/120 000km Comprehensive Warranty, 4-year/60 000km Service Plan, 3-year/unlimited km Roadside Assistance and 5-year/unlimited km Corrosion Warranty.

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Full road test to follow.

Ford B-MAX Coming To South Africa

The new Ford B-MAX,  is scheduled for launch in South Africa in the third quarter of this year.

B-MAX is a Ford B-platform car, the same as the Fiesta.

They call it a… wait for it… MAV.  Multi Activity Vehicle. What next?

The new Ford B-MAX.

The new Ford B-MAX.

“The Ford B-MAX really challenges traditional small car thinking,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA). “Its ingenious design opens the doors – quite literally – to exciting new ideas about what’s possible with a compact vehicle.”

The car uses Ford’s brilliant 1.0 litre three cylinder ‘EcoBoost’ petrol engine. It is a really good little engine delivering a big punch.

A fancy combo door system seems to be the marketing team’s pride and joy. The front door swings open while the rear one slides and, look ma; no B pillar. Just a moerse big door space. Not sure why its needed.

Seems pretty cool. Looks like a MPV to me. Like a mini Espace.

Road test to follow when we get our hands on one.