Ford’s people movers are grabbing headlines this week with C-MAX, B-MAX and S-MAX all receiving great press. There’s also a glowing review of the new Tourneo Custom plus a test drive in the Fiesta R5 rally car.
Auto Express (UK) says Ford B-MAX is the best used compact people carrier money can buy. The publication compared B-MAX with Peugeot 5008 and VW Touran. “Great interior packaging and an engaging drive combine to make the Grand C-MAX stand out. Ford has done an admirable job of livening up this mundane category with the Grand C-MAX. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s one of the most distinctive MPVs on the road and emphasises the Touran’s boxiness. Family buyers will be won over by the roomy cabin and inventive seating layout — the central seat in the second row collapses for access to the rearmost seats. Sliding doors help, too. An engaging drive isn’t at the expense of comfort, and the 2.0-litre TDCi engine beats the VW and the Peugeot on performance and fuel economy. Reliability is good, too — in three years on sale, there has only been one recall.”
Top Auto (Spain) gives a big thumbs up to Ford S-MAX, reporting: “Despite its hulking size, the Ford S-MAX is incredibly dynamic and a clear point of reference for its siblings and competitors. Although it is 4.8m long, this minivan moves with the agility, self-assurance and ease of a sedan, even on very twisty roads. It adapts to any driving style with its three suspension settings: automatic, sport and comfort. The S-MAX is available with two powerful engines that enhance its performance credentials: the 2.0 240PS EcoBoost gasoline unit and the 2.0 TDCi 200PS diesel. Also, it can be equipped with the less powerful yet equally interesting 1.6 EcoBoost 160PS and diesel 115PS, 140PS and 163PS engines. The S-MAX has three independent second-row seats and offers two extra seats as optional equipment. The icing on the cake is its impressive cargo capacity of 854 litres.”
Business Car Manager Online (UK) is impressed with Ford Tourneo Custom: “It is remarkably civilised. If you haven’t driven a Transit Custom van-based vehicle recently, it will be a revelation. The driving position is fairly upright, but much less classically van-like than the workhorses of the past. Van cabins have been transformed in recent times, and the Tourneo takes a well-appointed cockpit and tops it up with all the comfort extras that a car driver expects…. Ford’s famed driving dynamics have been applied to this vehicle as fervently as to the rest of the car range. Frankly, we’re pretty impressed with the way it handles on a country road. There isn’t much body roll and it feels very nimble and grippy across country, especially for the type of vehicle it is.”
Autoweek (Holland) compares Ford C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost with Peugeot’s 1.6-litre 3008. Its verdict? “These days big cars no longer need big engines. But Ford is taking this quite literally by also offering the C-MAX with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. Is that enough for a medium-sized MPV, or is a 1.6-litre still preferred, like the one in Peugeot’s 3008? The C-MAX looks less like a bus than most medium-sized MPVs, but it is clearly more than a station wagon. At least, with its sleek lines, the Ford looks pretty dynamic. With its compact three-cylinder engine Ford demonstrates that it is no longer a matter of course that a medium-sized MPV needs a four-cylinder engine, certainly not if the engine is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, as in the C-MAX.”
Finally, Autopista (Spain) reviews the latest Fiesta rally car produced by M-Sport – the R5: “M-Sport recently allowed a small group of European journalists – among them, representatives from Autopista – to test-drive the new Fiesta R5. It handles almost exactly like the Fiesta WRC, although it is much less forceful (the 50PS power loss and 30kg weight gain are noticeable). The engine delivers enough torque to compensate for the lack of a sixth gear. The braking and cornering speed are reminiscent of a WRC, but the R5 is almost three times cheaper.”