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.
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The Ford S-Max is an MPV that requires little compromise. Brilliant to drive, practical and stylish inside and out.
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There are 12 Ford S-Max versions available
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The S-Max's appeal lies in the fact that it's a big, practical MPV that feels more like a sporty hatchback when you're behind the wheel. It's great fun to drive, yet also as refined and comfy as a family car should be.
The 2.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine is exceptionally strong and smooth, but most buyers will go for one of the more frugal diesel engines, which are impressively quiet and flexible.
The S-Max costs more than rivals like the Peugeot 5008, but it’s bigger than them and all versions are very well equipped. On the other hand, it costs a lot less than Ford’s other big MPV, the Galaxy, with which it shares most parts under the skin. A higher roof and slightly raised rearmost seats make the Galaxy the more practical of the pair, however, and it also comes with more standard kit.
Reader test team says:
We pushed the boat out and bought a brand new March 2009 ford s max individual 2.2TDI. Never again. It's a great car to drive but you won't get chance…
Owned from new (Oct 2007). After 100k+ miles, I offered my other half the option to keep her car (an Astra, same age, 25k fewer miles) or the S-Max.…
DONT BUY THIS CAR. The car is slow. The 1.8 diesel is not powerful enough to get the car moving from a standstill. There is turbo lag, the turbo does…
Had the car since new and now done 65k in 3 yrs. The car has exceeded my expectations of a Ford for reliability, performance and practicality - this…