B-Max comes with specifically four petrol engines- 3-cylinder 1.0 Ecoboost with 99- or 118bhp, 4-cylinder 1.4 or 1.6. Diesel engines come in 1.5 and 1.6 units and more. The 1.0 engine is pretty strong giving an amazing performance just with a little turbo lags during gearshifting. The 1.4 petrol version needs a bit of working hard.
B-Max has some amount of body lean at road corners which is pretty normal in a high-sided MPV. The MPV is made to give you a sporty edge but to give your family and you a good, comfortable ride, however, the B-Max MPV is not able to give that as much as it should. The car is a bit of a disappointment over potholes and at high speeds too with not much smoothness and body control.
Wind and road noise are well-dealt by B-Max. The gear-shift and clutch give a little mechanical noise though. The 1.0 Ecoboost engines has a lot of vibration through the steering wheel when accelerating the car. The 3-cylinder engine also is not for extreme peace-loving people. The 1.4 petrol and 1.6 diesel give a sad noise when in use and since they don’t come with a sixth gear, the revving is plenty at high speeds.
The prices of entry-level models are quite reasonable but the better models are quite heavily priced as compared to the rivals. Good discounts are available too. Resale values of the B-Max are not up to the mark. However, the car gives good fuel economy with 1.6 diesel giving an average of 70mpg and 1.0 Ecoboost versions giving more than 55mpg.
The car gives you extra strengthening in its doors and roof in place of the central pillars which is quite fair. Stability control and front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags are standard features in all the models. The car achieved five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash test.
The driving position is perfect with a good amount of steering wheel adjustments. The dashboard is pretty fun and exciting with the controls and menus to scroll on a screen.
Sliding rear doors make it easy to avail the difficult places. Four adults can sit comfortably in the car with a good amount of head- and leg-room. The boot, sized as 318 litres, is not so big but it has an adjustable load floor.
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