Ford B Max

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How much does the Ford B Max cost to run?

The 1.5L diesel is the most economical Ford B Max to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Ford B Max 1.5L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 74 MPG on average, which means it will cost £8.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Nissan Note 1.5L diesel and the more thirsty Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 8, which is lower than the Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Peugeot Partner Tepee 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Peugeot Partner Tepee has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.4L petrol1.5L diesel1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg55.4 - 57.747.168.9 - 74.370.644.1
emissions114 - 11913998 - 109104149
tax£30.00£145.00£0.00 - £20.00£20.00£160.00
insuranceGroup 9 - 16Group 7 - 10Group 8 - 13Group 10 - 11Group 10 - 14

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Ford B Max: How big is the boot?

The Ford B Max has a below average boot space (318 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and one large bag. Alternatively you could load up with 2 large bags or 2 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Citroen Berlingo Multispace MPV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 762 litres.

Is the Ford B Max easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Nissan Note), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4077m long it gives you reasonable 723mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Ford B Max has the best performance?

The fastest Ford B Max from 0-60, is the 1.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 180 lbs/ft torque and 140 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 10.4 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen Berlingo Multispace 1.5L diesel, which will beat your Ford B Max to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.4L petrol1.5L diesel1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
zeroTo6210.4 - 13.213.813 - 16.513.912.1
torque170 - 200128190 - 215215150
bhp100 - 1409075 - 9595105

What size caravan or trailer, can the Ford B Max tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Ford B Max 1.6L diesel which has 215 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 750kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.