There comes a point in every geek's life when he or she must endure marriage, babies and a large, dreary multi-purpose vehicle to fit them in. Sadly, there's not an awful lot we can do about the first two, but Ford is doing its utmost to keep us away from ponderous people carriers with a new 'crossover' vehicle called the B-Max, which we check out in this video.
The B-Max is based on the Ford Fiesta, so it promises to retain that car's sprightly handling and low running costs. Unlike the Fiesta, however, it boasts a large cabin that can accommodate up to five adults or, for those who've made use of their reproductive organs, a considerable brood.
Loading said offspring into the B-Max should easier than in most cars, as its designers have chosen to eliminate the B-pillar -- the vertical column that separates the front and rear doors. With the electrically operated doors open, the B-Max provides an enormous 1.5m-wide chasm in which to load all the push chairs, baby seats and powdered milk you can carry.
The B-Max also packs enough technology to help minimise the amount of family interaction one must tolerate on long journeys. A 5-inch display integrated in the dashboard provides satellite navigation and it'll accept various audio sources, including radio, auxiliary CD and USB.
Unfortunately, the B-Max won't be very fast. It's likely to be powered by a 1-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine with start-stop technology, so it's geared more towards high economy and low emissions than driving enjoyment.
The B-Max has no official release date, but Ford tells us the car is production-ready and should go on sale in the next year or two. Hit play on the video above to see it in action for yourself.
- Video produced by Drew Stearne. Presented by Rory Reid.