If you’ve ever read a blog post about a car here, you might know that I mostly ever talk about features I can relate to – for example cup holders, boot size, Blutooth, airbags, safety and looks.
And this post is no different, but the car being featured is – the new Ford B-MAX. Why? Because it has sliding rear doors. And while this probably shouldn’t determine the purchase of any vehicle, it’s a really cool feature for families, that when added to all the other car attributes, make it one to bookmark for when/if you’re in the market for something less imposing and expensive than an SUV or 4×4.
The B-MAX is in the Mini MPV (multipurpose vehicle) category, but that doesn’t mean it’s short of much. I often feel that as parents we automatically feel the need to upgrade to something big and “mommy-like”, even though “small” vehicles can perfectly pack a kid or two, plus pram, nappy bags, school bags and more.
Aside from the sliding side door novelty and practicality factor, the B-MAX also has:
– 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine, which has proven fuel economy and low CO2 emissions
– Seven airbags
– Keyless car entry
– Ford Sync, which is a system that lets you do a lot hands-free, like making calls and listing to text messages, and listening to music, podcasts and audiobooks
– The seating system has 60/40 split rear seats, which means they can be folded flat
– A five star rating (the highest) with NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme)
– Two coffee-cup holders
– A 318 litre boot
The B-MAX starts at R221 900. For more info, head to the Ford website.