Ford has confirmed UK pricing and specification for its 2012 B-Max compact people carrier.
Priced from £12,995 and on sale now, the B-Max’s sliding rear doors are unique in its MPV class. Along with the lack of a B-pillar, they offer easy access to the cabin.
Ford B-Max: sliding rear doors
The B-Max looks to be very practical. There are three trims levels, and even the basic Studio spec gets an adjustable boot floor and fold-flat passenger seats front and rear.
Upgrading to Zetec trim adds air conditioning and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system on launch models (usually £250). The top-spec Titanium gets Sync as standard anyway, plus cruise control, heated seats and automatic wipers and lights.
Ford B-Max: engines and pricing
Engine choice comprises four petrols and two diesels. A basic 1.4-litre petrol is the cheapest option, starting at £12,995 in Studio trim. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel in Titanium spec tops the range, priced at £18,895.
The B-Max is also offered with Ford’s new three-cylinder Ecoboost turbo petrol engine in 99 and 119bhp guises. These promise decent performance and impressive efficiency – especially in the case of the more powerful stop-start-equipped model.
However, it remains to be seen just how frugal they are in the real world. Often such ‘downsized’ petrol engines prove quite thirsty if you have to work them hard.