Long term report: Ford B Max


Long term report: Ford B Max

Boss-man Baggott walked into AOL Cars towers this week proclaiming: "I've got something for you DJ!"

Suitably perturbed, I followed him into his office where he presented me with a long, elongated cardboard box.

"It's body protection for the B-Max," he explained. "Oh no," I thought, with visions of tasteless bonnet 'car bras' circulating in my head.

However – and much to my relief – the body protection in question was in fact a rear bumper guard, made by a company called RGM.

According to the brochure that accompanied it, these rearguards are designed to fit a wide range of cars, and stop you scratching the paintwork on the bumper when loading things into the boot.

"Go and fit it then," urged the boss, like an eager aunt waiting for you to open your Christmas present from her.

And so off to the car I trotted, fearing an afternoon wasted with ill-fitting parts and a plethora of screwdrivers.

As it turns out, fitting the rearguard was simplicity itself. After cleaning the rear bumper with the supplied anti-grease wipe, I only had to expose the sticky strips on the underside of the guard and slot into place on the top-side of the rear bumper.

Once fitted, the guard didn't look like the aftermarket addition that I had feared it would.

Properly shaped to fit the B-Max, it looked as though it belonged there all along and will now prevent us (by that I mean Baggott and possibly Leon) scratching up the scarlet paintwork loading and unloading pushchairs, surfboards and whatever else those guys pack for long weekends away.

In other news, the B-Max is soon to be called into service on a number of airport runs, where its passenger and load carrying ability will be thoroughly tested.

Tune in next time to see how it fares.

The Knowledge

Model: Ford B-Max Titanium
Price: £18,720 (as tested)
Engine: 1.0-litre EcoBoost, three cylinder
Power: 117bhp, 200Nm
Max speed: 117mph
0-60mph: 11.2s
Emissions: 114g/km
Mileage this month: 500
Costs this month: £0