Ford B-MAX 1.0 EcoBoost 140 Titanium X Navigation 5dr
Despite being a practical mini-MPV, it’s also a true Ford: the B-Max really scores with the way it drives. On our Ford B-Max test drive the ride initially felt a bit stiff, but you quickly realise it’s firm, not hard – and so unlikely to make the kids seasick. The benefit for the driver is that it’s fun to drive too, much more so than most in this sector. The way it feels bigger and more expensive than it actually is also impresses.
The 1.4-litre Duratec engine is a bit humdrum, mind. You’ll be better off with the 1.0-litre Ecoboost or, better still, one of the torquey yet fuel-sipping diesels. We’d probably stick with the 1.5 TDCi, but do the sums: if mileages are low, the cheaper EcoBoost will cost less overall.
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