Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool has published a review by well-known journalist Robbert Keegel of the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in Focus.
Describing the engine as “Absolute genius”, Keegel said: “(It is) an engine that is nothing less than revolutionary. Scarcely believable, in fact, if I hadn’t driven it myself… Thanks to a wonderful piece of trickery, it runs beautifully. Three-cylinder engines are nothing new in the car industry, but I had never driven one that felt good before.
“We head off into the hills where our astonishment only increases. It’s just not possible to believe that there is only a one-litre under the bonnet. The impression is of the calm and power of at least one and a half litres, with astonishing suppleness even for that cylinder volume.
“We kept on being surprised by the wonderful flexibility at all engine speeds… Ford deserves an engine technology Nobel Prize for this one.”
C-MAX defeats rivals
The UK’s Auto Express has published a comparison test pitting the Ford C-MAX against the VW Golf Plus and Mercedes B-Class. C-MAX won the test, earning particular praise for its smooth ride, impressive refinement, enjoyable drive and great value.
The magazine said: “Whichever engine you choose, you get the same brilliant balance between ride and handling. Direct, well weighted steering, excellent body control and strong grip mean the Ford is fun on a twisty back road, while the supple, quiet and effective suspension soaks up bumps. Add great refinement, and the C-MAX is the most comfortable long-distance cruiser here… With its spacious, well thought-out cabin, sparkling chassis and distinctive design, it’s all the family car you’ll ever need.”
B-MAX Makes Waves in Denmark
Denmark’s largest daily newspaper, Ekstrabladet, and largest tabloid, Berlingske Tidende, have previewed the all-new Ford B-MAX.
Ekstrabladet said: “The uniqueness of B-Max is its door system. It is the only car in its class equipped with sliding doors like on the Grand C-Max... Ford has dropped the B-pillar between the front and rear doors, allowing supreme access to the back seats.
“The interior is designed with flexible rear seats that can be moved lengthwise or folded down easily when you need to carry larger items. B-Max is 11 cm longer than a Fiesta, but almost 30 cm shorter than the Opel Meriva. Despite this, it should have a larger trunk than the Meriva.”
Berlingske Tidende said: “From Fusion to B-Max – instead of a small semi-SUV in MPV featured as partner to Fiesta, Ford now sends a full fat mini-van on the street. The new B-Max goes of course directly for the doors, on especially Opel Meriva, but will also compete with models like the Toyota Verso-S, the upcoming Fiat 500 with five/seven seats and a future MPV version of the Peugeot 208. Ford promises class-leading space and trunk relationship, and also material quality should be top notch.”