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Ford S-Max Info and Specs

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Info taken from "WhatCar"



For The Ford S-Max is more fun to drive than most other MPVs, yet it's also refined. The cabin is roomy and versatile, while all versions are well equipped.

Against The rearmost two seats aren't comfy for adults and they're fiddly to fold. Prices for higher-spec models are rather dear.



What Car? says


4 5stars

Ford S-Max
is an MPV that requires little compromise. Brilliant to drive, practical and stylish inside and out.

    4 out of 5 stars
    Ford offers a couple of turbocharged petrol engines – a 1.6 and a 2.0 – but most buyers will go for one of the TDCi diesels. The smallest of these produces just 114bhp and needs to be worked very hard even when the car is lightly loaded, but the others are all strong and flexible. Pick of the bunch is the 138bhp 2.0-litre.

    Ride & Handling
    5 out of 5 stars
    Big MPVs don't get any more enjoyable to drive than the S-Max, which seems to shrink around you when you're behind the wheel. Well weighted steering, plenty of grip and good body control make it sharp on twisty roads, but when family duties take priority, the suspension is supple enough to provide good comfort. Top marks.

  • Refinement
    4 out of 5 stars
    Although the S-Max lets in more wind noise than many family saloons, it does a great job of shutting out road- and suspension noise, so it’s still an impressively refined cruiser. The 2.0-litre engines help because they’re quiet and silky-smooth.

      Buying & Owning
      3 out of 5 stars
      The S-Max is a little pricey compared to rivals like the Peugeot 5008 and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but it's bigger and entry-level versions have more kit. Diesel versions are very economical, but resale values aren't particularly strong on any model, so it’s important that you get a decent discount up front. Fortunately, that’s not difficult.

      Quality & Reliability
      4 out of 5 stars
      The interior is more conventional than you'll find in rivals such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, but it's stylish and solidly built, and there are appealing soft-touch materials on the top of the dash and doors. However, lower down and further back in the vehicle, the plastics aren't as plush. Owners have reported a few electrical problems, but the car is generally reliable.

    • Safety & Security
      4 out of 5 stars
      Every S-Max comes stuffed with airbags: front and side airbags for the two front seats, with window airbags for the front two rows, as well as an airbag to protect the driver's knees. Anti-lock brakes and ESP are standard, while an alarm and deadlocks are fitted to all models.

        Behind The Wheel
        4 out of 5 stars
        The S-Max's driving position is lower than many MPVs’, but it's a matter of taste whether this suits you or not. Either way, the seats and steering wheel have plenty of adjustment, and the dash is clear. Visibility is good thanks to skinny windscreen pillars.

        Space & Practicality
        4 out of 5 stars
        The S-Max's ample headroom, legroom and cabin width mean that five people can sit in comfort. That width also comes in handy if you're fitting child seats in the back. Access to the rearmost seats is good and kids will be happy there, but the low-slung seating position means adults won't relish long journeys. The five rear seats fold flat, and in five-seat mode, the S-Max has a huge, well shaped boot. Even with all seven seats in use, there's still space for a couple of bags.

        4 out of 5 stars
        Every S-Max has lots of kit, and even entry-level Zetec cars have dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and four electric windows. Titanium trim adds cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, a USB input socket and a DAB radio, while extras on Titanium X Sport trim include a bodykit, sports suspension, a panorama roof and part-leather seats.

Ford S-Max Rivals


Seat Alhambra

Peugeot 5008

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