Capable new mini-MPV makes us forget all about the silly Fusion
You need one of the pricier, more powerful engines to show off its best
What is it?
Making practical variants of supermini-sized cars is big business nowadays: Nissan Note, Citroen C3 Picasso, Kia Venga – all take the bones of a small car and build it upwards to give it the flexibility of a much bigger car. Clever. And, what has Ford had to offer in this sector until this new Ford B-Max arrived? The dreadful Fusion.
Finally, though, Uncle Henry’s pulled his finger out and launched the Ford B-Max - what could actually be the smartest, most intelligent supermini-MPV this sector has yet seen. Not only is the Ford B-Max a ground-up design rather than a Fiesta with chunky wheelarches, it also has two firsts in this sector: twin sliding side doors and no central B-pillar. That’s right: open front doors and slide back rears, for an obstruction-free 1.5m-wide aperture on each side. And if that’s not enough to make you notice the Ford B-Max, we don’t know what is.
Ford hasn’t forgotten the rest of it, either. Like so many blue oval cars these days, it’s a neat-looking thing with lots of groovy surfacing in the side panels that make it less van-like than some in this sector. The all-new interior is also stylish, and can be packed with the on-board tech Ford is becoming known for over in the US.