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Launched in 2012, Ford B-Max has won general acceptance in the multi-purpose vehicle segment. It staggered the public not only by matchless design, but also by plenty of internal room as well as 100% safety. What makes this car so distinct? Fresh Ford B-Max review knows the answer.
Exclusive Exterior Features
New B-Max is based on Ford Fiesta B3 platform. It is a 5-seater 5-door MPV, differentiated by an unusual sculpture and framework. For the 2016, the manufacturer updated lighting system, adding LED clusters to the daylights, and equipped the chassis with a wide range of wheel options, including 15-inch steel & 15-/16-inch aluminum kits.
The key peculiarity of the bodywork is absence of the C-pillar & presence of the sliding rear door system. Such framework, entitled Easy Access Door System, is called to enlarge the doorway width up to 1.5 meters & facilitate with free access. To compare: the closest rival, Opel Meriva B, offers 0.7 meters doorway only. Visually, when the doors are open, you won’t see any pillars which divide the front and rear part of the body.
Ford B-Max, as distinct from the competitors, brags about larger interior spacing. Both front & rear passengers can revel in leg/head/hip room, sufficient for a relaxed ride. The seats are mounted high, offering good multi-support. However, the cabin is a bit narrow – thus, the occupants have very little storage options.
Variable boot is probably the greatest advantage of the cabin. By folding the back row of seats (60/40) & the front passenger’s seat, it’s possible to get 2.35 meters of space for loads of luggage.
The dashboard features multiple controls, easy to reach from the cockpit. In particular, it houses a large display, an innovative multimedia system, a 360-degree camera, air conditioning switch, wiper stalks. The Ford SYNC technology system provides easy-to-use navigation through audio, phone, texting or voice command services.
To continue with Ford B-Max review, for the 2016 production year, the vendor offers four petrol and two diesel powertrain options. All the modifications come with a front-wheel drive & 5-speed manual or 6-speed PowerShift automatic (with dual clutch mechanism) transmission.
The lineup of petrol engines includes:
- a 1.0-liter EcoBoot solution (thrifty), providing for 123 hp, 200 nm of torque, fuel economy in combined mode – 58 mpg, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph – 11.2 seconds;
- a 1.0-liter EcoBoost item (thrifty), providing for 99 hp, 170 nm of torque, fuel economy in combined mode – 56 mpg, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph – 13.2 seconds;
- a 1.4-liter item, providing for 89 hp, 128 nm of torque, fuel economy in combined mode – 47 mpg, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph – 13.8 seconds;
- a 1.6-liter engine, providing for 104 hp, 150 nm of torque, fuel economy in combined mode – 44 mpg, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph – 12.1 seconds.
The series of diesel powertrain consists of a 1.5-liter TDCi motor, featuring 74 hp & 185 nm of torque, and a 1.6-liter TDCi engine, featuring 94 hp & 215 nm of torque. Their average fuel economy rating varies from 59 to 71 mpg. Besides, this MPV is able to gain 98-117 mph top speed (depending on the powertrain modification).
Moreover, Ford allows the owners to dramatically reduce fuel consumption thanks to the implementation of Auto-Start-Sport system. When the car makes no headway, this technology automatically disables the engine, supplying power to the headlights, radio and ventilation. Once the driver presses the accelerator, it automatically starts the engine again.
Despite visual exposure, new 2016 B-Max is undoubtedly a safe vehicle. In fact, it’s considered to be one of the safest models in the class. Ford’s engineers have furnished the chassis with heavy-duty door locks, front and side airbags (front) as well as a range of preventive technologies.
The safety package comprises:
-a power-efficient steering booster (EPAS) that instantly responds to different road conditions, offering an ideal maneuverability;
- cruise-control system that enables the holdup of a certain manually adjusted speed;
- Hill Start Assist system prevents the rollback of the vehicle on the hill after the stop by retaining pressure in brakes for additional 2.5 seconds; this gives the driver enough time to switch between the brake and accelerator pedal;
- automatic reverse rearview camera & rearview mirror;
- parking sensors (front & rear) with sound alerts;
- Torque Vectoring Control system that balances the braking force on the front wheels and maximizes the road grip;
- automatic headlights & rain-sensing wipers;
- intelligent information system that provides various data about the car’s condition: fuel consumption, speed, gear shifts, etc.
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