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Versatile Ford B-Max is safe choice for MPVs in 2013

Versatile Ford B-Max is safe choice for MPVs in 2013 Ford B-Max side view Ford-Bmax-Frontal-crash-test
Tristan Honeywill

Euro NCAP has named the Ford B-Max and Fiat 500L as the best MPVs crash-tested in 2012. With the brilliant Active City Stop technology available as an option, Ford’s sophisticated small family car is a safe choice for new car buyers in 2013.

Looking at Euro NCAP’s crash test results for the B-MAX, it’s easy to see why the safety experts like this small car so much. The car scored maximum points for protection of the front passenger in the frontal collision, maximum points in the side impact and maximum points for the three-year old infant. It also scored top marks for pedestrian leg protection. It’s almost all good in this MPV.

The good side impact protection is combined with clever, stylish doors that slide open to give you a 1.5m doorway for easy access. When they close, the door pillars interlock to create a safe, strong structure. Ford spent five years developing the door and, besides Euro NCAP’s tests, it has undergone 40 crash tests in the real world and around 5,000 virtual collisions using super-computers.

For people who want another layer of safety, Ford’s Active City Stop technology is available as a £200 option on most models. The technology helps avoid or soften collisions in slow moving traffic. If it detects the car in front has stopped and you haven’t noticed, the car automatically applies the brakes.

The effort by Ford in testing and developing the innovative side door concept has created a versatile, stylish and, above all, safe family car. This and the neat fold-flat front and rear seats allow you to make the absolute most of the space available. With best-in-class safety as well, the safe choice for MPV buyers in 2013 is also among the most practical and stylish.

 

Safety tips

Buyer’s guide

  • B-MAX was the safest MPV tested by Euro NCAP in 2012, scoring five stars. Read full report
  • There are three trim levels: Studio, Zetec and Titanium
  • Prices start at £12,995 for the entry-level B-MAX Studio
  • You need a Zetec (£15,600) or Titanium (£17,595) model to add Active City Stop (£200)
  • Zetec and Titanium also come with a “child observation mirror”, making it easier to safely keep an eye on any trouble brewing on the rear seats
  • Ask to test-drive Ford’s 1-litre EcoBoost engine, which has good economy and driveability

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