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The Top Gear car review:Ford B-Max

Overall verdict
An excellent and eminently practical car from Ford. Clever design, good to drive.


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.0 EcoBoost Zetec Silver Edition 5dr
10.3s 116g/km 56.5 140 £17,540
The cheapest
1.4 Zetec 5dr
13.8s 139g/km 47.1 90 £15,160
The greenest
1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium 5dr
10.9s 114g/km 57.7 125 £17,690
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