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 is one car that actually lives up to the press reviews. The dealer service has been great and the servicing, parts and tyres very cheap. The only negative is it does chew up front tyres quickly (around 10-20k) - but 16" tyres for these are around £80 ea fitted. But i would think twice about buying one with 18" alloys. I regularly get 45 mpg out of it, but i do drive it heavy footed because this car goes so well! you almost forget it size. You sometimes think your driving a hatchback.
There are very few cars i've had that i would be happy to replace with the exact same car. But apart from a Galaxy there is nothing else that for the money is as good. The Galaxy is a LOT more expensive and you don't gain a great deal unless your regularly using the 7 seats. I have been looking at the new VW Sharan and Seat Alambra as my kids are getting bigger, but they are even more expensive and don't drive like the Fords. So with this model approaching 7-8 yrs old it is over due a replacement. I really hope they bring out a new S-MAX soon. I think the new Mondeo delays have had an impact. But i definitely will be buying another one even if it does mean the current model again. They are that good.
Nice car but expensive.
The good: Great looking car with very stylish lines. Very comfortable. Nice slick gear change from the Twin clutch. Headlights that turn in the direction of steering.
The bad: Poor paint job. Turning circle of a cow running at speed. The tailgate is the heaviest i have ever come across! The black plastic console scratch's just by being near it!
In all, a very practical car with lots of room but way too expensive for what you get.
I own a Titanium 140ps diesel, The S-Max is a great Family MPV, I especially like the 3 independent seats in the rear which all tilt and move perfect. only bad points about the finest ford I have ever owned is 1, The bonnet release catch went through a phase of sticking in the open position (this was fixed 3 times under warranty). 2, There is NO spare or jack OR wheel brace, what does this mean to you?? well if you have a puncture you now have to use the sealant canister provided by ford and as long as the hole in your tire is less than 6mm you should be ok and able to carry on with the repair and it will only cost you the price of a tyre (ONLY) however if the sealant doesn't repair your tyre. you now have to be recovered and buy a new tyre. this is a major set back and a major oversight by ford, the S-Max is not just used around town and is ideal for touring, its just a shame Ford forgot about this. Apart from that if you have a family this is a perfect car for you, it ticks every box apart from the spare, the S-Max handles just like a car it is a smooth runner, fuel economy is good and it is very spacious. If asked to buy another car I would buy an S-Max again for my family it is a GREAT car and its just a shame that Ford have decided not to fit a spare or space saver or jack and wheel brace it is its ONLY let down.
have owned the powershift 240bhp 2L ecoboost for a few weeks now, having bought it from evanshalshaw blackpool Ford. this is panther black titanium x sport with powershift auto and it was £31k new, paid just £17.5k with 9800 miles on the clock. tremendous. the spec and gadgets are superb and the powrshift is sublime. I owned a 233bhp 330D before which was awesome but this smax shifts just as superbly. MPG is just 25 (vs 37 on the beemer) but with 3 kids under 5, i needed a car that didn't drive like a bus, but that took 3 kids in the second row with the car seats. this car does it all. looks awesome, drives awesome but just hurts the fuel pocket a little bit.well worth it though.dealer was excellent too by the way. got ford direct extra 2 yr warranty and roadside assistance.
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