THE FACTS AND FIGURES
IT IS: Compact hatchback with sliding rear doors.
PRICES: From £12,995. The Zetec 1.0T tested costs £16,195, excluding extras.
FOR: Ride quality, that engine, fancy rear doors.
AGAINST: Price premium over the Fiesta and a weight gain of around 190kg.
AUTOMATIC: From £17,255 with the 104bhp 1.6 petrol engine.
DIESEL: From £16,995 for the 74bhp 1.5.
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS: The B-MAX’s door configuration has its bonuses...and its drawbacks