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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.

Ford S-Max MPV
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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

MPV 1.6T 160 Ecoboost Zetec S/S 5dr £23,310
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec S/S 5dr £24,110
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr £24,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6T 160 Ecoboost Titanium S/S 5dr £25,060
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 1.6 TDCi 115 Titanium S/S 5dr £25,860
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr £26,045
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium 5dr £26,645
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 203 Ecoboost Titanium auto 5dr £26,735
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
MPV 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium 5dr £27,870
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X Sport 5dr £30,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
MPV 2.0 240 Ecoboost TitanX Sp Aut 5dr £31,485 TBA
MPV 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium X Sport 5dr £31,620
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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:

Ford S-Max MPV 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium X Sport 5dr

I bought my June 07 plate 2.0 TDCI ZETEC at 6 months old and still have this car today which is pretty unusual for me to keep anything more than 3…

Wayne McCance

5 out of 5 stars

Ford S-Max MPV 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium 5dr

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…

Andrew Sutton

1 out of 5 stars

Ford S-Max MPV 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

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.…

Mark Mallison

5 out of 5 stars

Ford S-Max MPV 1.8 TDCi Titanium 5dr

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…

ISMAY HUMPHREYS

1 out of 5 stars
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