We bought a 2013 1.5 CDTi Zetec after 12 years of having a citroen saxo! I loved my saxo - it was my first car, never had any major issues with it, did 175,000 miles and I managed with a newborn and toddler. But the time came to upgrade when we decided to upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2 children!
I opted for this model because a)It was within my price range. b)It was economical to drive - I do 70 miles a day and c)The sliding doors sold us.
So what do I love?
The sliding doors was a major factor. It gives 1.5m clearance when both doors are open and this was handy when we went on country day trips, walking trips etc, etc (and easy to lay tot on the back seat for a nappy change!) It was the only car that when I sat in it, made me feel comfortable. I liked how the gear stick and all the controls were in much the same place as my saxo. The windscreen is heated, the wing mirrors are elctronic and press a button and they come in - handy in tight spots. So many little nooks and crannies for drink bottles, wipes etc, AIR-CON (which is a gadget to me!), iso-fix as standard and the boot, although seemingly the same as a saxo, is in fact bigger. Fit our buggy in flat better and of course more height so we can stand it on its side. I'm also getting 68.4mg on average and I have done 320 miles on half a tank of petrol.
Things that annoy me: Diesels are noisy. Can be rattly when trying to be economical and er, that's it!
I would definitely reccommend a B-Max. We were going to get the C-Max but to have the sliding doors, you need to go for the 7-seater C-Max Grande. Also, the C-Max seemed too big and I didn't feel comfortable.
Oh, and the B-Max has one of the higest safety awards going! N-CAP 5* award. The B pillar is obviously missing but Ford have come up with an ingenious way to ensure safety isn't compromised. Finally, my family get to drive in a car that is not described as a 'paper-bag' by Jeremy Clarkson!!