Ford B-MAX (2012 – 2017) Review

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Ford B-MAX (2012 – 2017) At A Glance


+Sliding side doors and no central pillar mean unimpeded access. Five star Euro NCAP rating. Engines include 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol. Decent drive.

-No models under 100g/km. Doors are thick and subsequently heavy to close. Cluttered centre stack. Numerous Powershift clutch pack failures. Production ended September 2017.

Insurance Groups are between 7–14
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

The B-MAX is Ford's answer to small MPVs like the Vauxhall Meriva - a practical family car that blends plenty of exterior space with a compact, hatchback-like footprint. But unlike the competition, the B-MAX has a trump card in the form of a unique door arrangement - the rear doors slide open and there are no central pillars between the front and back doors. This makes access to the back row extraordinarily easy and means the B-MAX is easily the most practical small MPV on sale. 

Underneath the fancy doors, the B-MAX is based on the same platform as the Fiesta, so there’s a well-judged balance between ride comfort and nimbleness. For those moving from a hatchback to a people carrier for the first time the B-MAX is a smart choice. On the other hand, those used to MPVs might find the B-MAX a touch firm.

The engine range is broad, kicking off with a simple 90PS 1.4-litre petrol. Most buyers will find one of the other engines more versatile though, whether they go for a 1.6-litre TDCI diesel or the 1.0-litre Ecoboost, offered with either 100PS or 125PS. Those who want an automatic are restricted to a 1.6-litre petrol with 105PS, which unfortunately isn’t particularly good when it comes to emissions.

Despite the novel door arrangement, the B-MAX manages a five-star Euro NCAP rating, plus it offers a nicely trimmed interior and a large boot. Luggage capacity is 318 litres with the seats in place, expandable to 1386 litres if you fold them flat, something that’s easy to do. Children or adults will fit comfortably into the back row and – of course – they will have no issue getting in and out. Fitting child seats is a doddle too.

Practicality is further enhanced by plenty of little extra touches like map nets, bottle holders, 12v sockets, big door pockets and a wide-angle mirror for checking on the rear seat passengers. Altogether the B-MAX is a great package, only let down slightly by fairly high prices, slightly gruff diesel engines and a few confusing interior buttons.  

Ford B-MAX Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Ford B-MAX (2012 – 2017)


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Average performance


Real MPG

27–67 mpg

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How much work is required to replace a heater matrix?
"I have a 2015 Ford B-MAX and water is coming into the driver's footwell. Our nearest Ford garage (which has been very good and I trust) has told me that it is something to do with the heater matrix - either pipe or matrix and this is unusual. They tell me that it is at least five hours labour (as they have to remove put back the dash board), before diagnosis and parts. Would you agree as this seems expensive on a vehicle that has just been serviced at 26000 miles?"
Any work on a heater matrix is very expensive because of the long time it takes to dismantle the dashboard to get at the heater matrix. Same with every car.
Answered by Honest John
Are there any small cars with sliding doors?
"I am returning to the UK after some years and shall need to change my car. I currently have a Renault Kangoo diesel. It's economical, spacious, comfortable, with upright, high and I love the sliding doors in the rear. I don't need such a big car now but would still hope for sliding doors and also being high off the ground. Any ideas?"
There aren't many cars with sliding doors that are smaller than the Kangoo. A Ford B-MAX would meet your needs, but production ended in 2017. Alternatively, if you're happy to compromise on the sliding doors, a crossover SUV like the Skoda Karoq might be a good choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My car was written off - what happens to the finance payments I've made so far?
"My Ford B-MAX was involved in an accident and the other party accepted liability. I didn’t want the hassle, so I claimed against my own insurer. I lost my excess but, as I have legal cover under my insurance, it should be recoverable. However, my car was under finance when it was written off. The same model isn’t available, so I can't get a replacement even though it's new. Gap insurance will cover the difference, but they don’t agree with the settlement figure. I need to know what happens to the finance payments I have made so far and the initial deposit to Ford Finance. Do I get that back? Is it counted as an uninsured loss? I don’t want to be left with nothing when I have paid nearly £5000 towards the car already."
Any payments made after the accident are considered an uninsured loss, any made before are not. As for the gap insurance, it depends on what type you had - whether it was bridge the gap or back to invoice. I would be very surprised if you cannot get another B-MAX the same as you had, always ask for a new vehicle replacement if it is part of the policy. This way, if they cannot source the exact model, they should pay out the last list price of that vehicle. The market value at the time of loss can be very different and gap insurance should bridge the gap between the settlement and what you owe. This does, however, mean you may lose your deposit. Is your car actually a total loss? If the repair costs are less than the market value, insist on it being repaired.
Answered by Tim Kelly
What mid-size vehicle will fit a mobility scooter in the boot?
"We need an automatic car as my wife is disabled and can only drive automatic. We also need a big enough boot to fit a mobility scooter, although we slide it in instead of lifting it over the boot sill. I am 70 this year. We were going to buy the Ford B-Max automatic until we read on the forum about juddering problems. Can you suggest a nearly new alternative car similar size and price range? We don't want an Estate or SUV."
Your best bet is probably a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6: You can get a cheaper Fiat Qubo, Citroen Nemo Multispace and Peugeot Bipper Tepee with a fairly awful automated manual transmission. It worked well in this test, but feedback on reliability gives it the thumbs down: I think Ford will start importing the Ford Courier Tourneo with RHD to replace the B-Max, but no word on that yet or whether it will come with a Powershift that would be the same as the B-Max's.
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