Yet another top award for Ford, with Germany’s influential Auto Test choosing the company’s EcoBoost technology as the winner of its Innovation Award, a category in the the Auto Test Winners 2013 Awards.
Auto Express (UK) is impressed with the B-MAX. “It’s far more fun to drive than its rivals, and the chassis — which is borrowed from the Fiesta — means it handles much better than a small MPV should”, it says. “Rivals might be slightly bigger or more affordable but if you can afford one, this Ford is the perfect growing family's second car. Class-leading safety, the SYNC connectivity system's cleverness and EcoBoost engines that deliver petrol power with diesel economy make this model a benchmark in its segment and a small people carrier that makes perfect sense.”
The Derby Evening Telegraph (UK) is also a B-MAX fan. “Is there any point in a People Carrier if it's a really small one?” it asks, before providing the answer. “Well, with B-MAX, we have, at last, a credible response to that query, thanks to its unique design and unrivalled versatility. Thanks to the pillar-less Easy Access system, it's simplicity itself, for instance, to lean in and install a child seat or to help an aging relative.
Diario de Noticias de Álava (Spain) says the new Tourneo Custom has a unique set of characteristics: innovative equipment, more reasonable pricing and ownership costs than the competition and a modern style that customers are bound to love. Added together, it says, the product has the right credentials for success. “It’s the kind of vehicle many passenger car drivers would love to own.”
Business Car (UK) has tested the 1.0-litre EcoBoost powered C-MAX. It admits that it was sceptical at first: “A titchy engine powering a seven-seat compact MPV doesn’t sound like the most suitable of matches.” But after driving the car, all doubts have been swept away. “At town speeds in particular, the EcoBoost model is arguably more capable than its diesel equivalents, with more instant and smooth acceleration. It’s better than you’d think at higher speeds too. Final verdict: “Cleaner than equivalent diesel versions and capable on the road.”