There are no central B-pillars, so when you open the conventional front doors and sliding rear doors, you’re faced with a huge opening. Access to the interior is really easy, which will appeal to parents needing to fit child seats, for example.
Fold the rear seats, which is a simple process, and the boot size increases from 318 litres to 1,386 litres, and it’s a useful square shape. Plus, the tall body means excellent headroom throughout the well equipped interior.
The clever doors demand no compromises on safety, as the B-MAX scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and has ESP and plenty of airbags. Plus, as it’s based on the Fiesta, the car is good to drive and cheap to run. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engines are punchy, fun and efficient, with fuel consumption of over 55mpg, but the 1.6 TDCi diesel is the greenest choice, with 70.6mpg and 104g/km, meaning £20 a year road tax. A low insurance group adds to the appeal.