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A fab pair of Fords 

There are few households in the UK that haven’t had a Ford parked outside over the years and I sampled one of the most popular models and another that offers something a bit different.

First up was a B-MAX which is a mini MPV based on the Fiesta.

It was surprisingly roomy and with its rear sliding doors made access much easier for passengers – I found it was also very handy when dropping a shopping bag or the like behind the driver’s seat.

With the absence of the central B pillar this helps to create an opening of more than 1.5 metres wide for easy side loading and with flat fold passenger and rear seats offers great flexibility.

The test car had Ford’s new three-cylinder EcoBoost 1-litre 118bhp petrol engine and with a zero to 62mph time of 11.2 seconds and top speed of 117mph it was punchy enough going up through the five-speed manual gearbox.

The B-MAX handled well in town driving and on the motorway where it cruised along smoothly and quietly.

I averaged just under 45mpg which I reckon is pretty good fuel consumption but way below the combined 57.7mpg claimed by Ford.

There are other petrol and diesel engines available in the B-MAX which is priced from £12,995.

Trim levels are Studio, Zetec and the top-of-the-range £18,195 Titanium model I sampled which, as you would imagine, was well equipped.

With its unique rear sliding doors, the B-MAX offers something new and more spacious for small car buyers.

Next in my Ford back-to-back was the UK’s most popular car every year since 2009 and Europe’s top-selling small car last year.

No prizes for guessing it was the new-look Fiesta – and it’s better equipped than ever to fight off its band of challengers.

Motorists downsizing won’t be disappointed if they swap their large car quality for this model – it delivers big time.

The Fiesta face has been given a fresh look and with its improved interior this little model that oozes build quality inside and out.

The five-door test model once again had the new EcoBoost 1-litre engine under the bonnet, this time the 123bhp version, and it was ideal for the Fiesta.

You’ll get sporting accele-ration in the ST version but this model was pretty smart off the blocks as well with a zero to 62mph time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 122mph.

It handled superbly, espe-cially on some winding country roads, and wasn’t deterred by strong gusts of wind when sitting at maxi-mum motorway speeds.

I was probably a bit heavy on the pedal as I pushed this model along but still managed to get 44mpg from it – again a good bit less than the claimed 65.7mpg figure.

The Fiesta was another Titanium model so it was once again well kitted out and had a price tag of £16,045.

New technology intro-duced to this model includes MyKey, which allows parents to set speed restrictions and other levels when younger drivers are at the wheel, and Ford SYNC, a voice-activated in-car connectivity system.

First impressions are that it looks like being another fab Fiesta for Ford.