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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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107 reader reviews for Ford S-Max MPV.
  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    Danny Audritt , Hertfordshire . Date: 06/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    Had this a while now. At first I was a bit worried about the small engine but in reality it is plenty of torgue and is quite refined. Good... Handles very well for a 'bus' but is no match for my F2 day car (not kidding) LOL. Rides the UK roads well and is practical and economic. The kids (3)love it and it looks very cool in black. Bad... Flakey interior bits (mostly good) especially the further back you go, hit and miss dealers.

    Overall a very good car, far superior to the sloppy, ugly and badly built renaults, and way in front of the citroen C4 which has the worst gearbox in the world, even worse than the R-tronic Audi R8 which is saying something. If you are a family person and enjoy driving this is the car to buy.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Mark Galbraith , Essex . Date: 31/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    It seems that you can't have everything (although I just about did with my previous Hondas): I like just about everything about my S-Max except the woeful service from Ford dealers. The shoddy service started when I picked up my new car from a main dealer in Maidstone. Having parted with my cash (notwithstanding that I managed to get a discount of over £3500), the dealer did not return my calls about several faults with interior trim. I must admit to giving up after 6 calls over a couple of months were never returned. Rather stupidly I mentioned the faults at the first service (at an Essex main dealer) only to be told trim faults have to be sorted out within the first year otherwise they are not covered by warranty. My car was 54 weeks old! The dealer said he would contact me when he made enquiries with the previous dealer. Guess what? 5 weeks on and I haven't heard a thing. This is a shame, apart from some flaky trim the car is great to drive and is very economical for a car that is both wider and longer than the old Galaxy. I never get much under 42mpg in mixed driving.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    David Banks , Argyll . Date: 03/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43.7

    My car

    Does most things really very well. Buying (with my own money!) a Ford was a bit of a shock - poor quality carpets, plastics and radio etc BUT its cheap to buy, cheap to run and fun to drive. Problems from new - windscreen replaced (heating elements didn’t all work), headlining fell down (made me jump!), eats tyres (10k for the fronts), I leave the wipers on auto and they sometimes come on when the screen is dry. For a big car it handles really well and has enough grunt to keep me entertained. It handles the loads when the kids go to/from uni and occasional trips to take customers to the train station are no problem even for 7 adults. Its time to replace it now and I was disappointed to be offered less than half what I paid for it 18 months ago. Would I buy another? Probably not but more because I want to try something different than any particular fault with the S Max. Its done 40k miles in 18 months and never missed a beat even in truly appalling conditions ( minus 13 degrees and 90 knots of wind). One thing I cant live with is not having a spare. The cost of another wheel, tyre and jack and brace etc made my eyes water and there is nowhere to store it which means it takes up a lot of boot room and looks unsightly but the thought of being 50 miles from the nearest town at night in the depths of Winter makes it a 'no-brainer' - come on Ford the weight cant make that much difference - its not a race car!! The standard radio/cd is garbage.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Ray Burton Date: 17/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    A growing family, and we needed a MPV. This car certainly fitted the bill, but have had mixed experiences. Positives are - drives great, comfortable, good driving position, fun (as MPVs go) and has a solid feel and build quality. Negatives, needed a new battery (not sure what happened but there was a power drain according to the AA), new stearing column, new front windscreen and a lubed up gearbox. This was all fixed by the dealer at no cost to me which was great so I can't moan. We previously owned VWs and had no issues with any of them.

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