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Overall reader verdict 3 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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105 reader reviews for Ford S-Max MPV.
  • 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium 5dr

    Andrew Sutton Date: 03/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    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 to do that if your experience is like ours. An immediate problem with oil gushing all over the engine bay which our local ford dealer took weeks and several attempts to fix (came back from the Scottish Borders on an AA low loader); an engine management issue when my wife took the key out of the ignition and the engine carried on running also took weeks to fix; air con packed in whilst in France with the footwells front and back awash with water (they spent days looking for a bodywork leak even the weather had been bone dry); bonnet catch broke resulting in the bonnet flying up - again, more than one go to fix; now another engine management failure warning light. Don't do it. It's a good car to drive and very practical if you have bikes, surfboards, drum kits etc. but it's a dog for reliability.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Mark Mallison , Essex . Date: 18/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    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. She chose the S-Max. If that isn't testament enough for you, read on. It's big, but actually slightly smaller than the Mondeo and certainly feels a lot smaller when you drive it. It's exterior is easily the best looking MPV (IMHO) and it's interior has the fewest design flaws I've ever seen. It's cavernous when transporting people or "stuff" (took a full size 3 seat sofa with the tail gate shut!) and never lacks power or torque, even fully loaded, up a 1:4 hill. I had some "minor" electronic niggles in the 1st few months, none caused a running issue and all were sorted under warranty. It drives like a tight "hatch" (I'd genuinely call it "fun"), swallows bumps like a limo and is a pleasure to drive (1,000m round trip to Inverness was a breeze). Running costs have been 2 sets of tyres (40k per set) circa £900 per set, 1 set of wipers per year, services, MOTs, 1 set of rear brake pads (at 80k)and at 102k an exhaust (£180). Not bad for 6 years service I think you'll agree. 40 mpg around town, 53 on long runs, 46 overall. Never EVER had to top up the oil between services and the only non-wear & tear part to fail was a Servo Air seal (£50 fitted). Spec on a Titanium is excellent. Parking sensors are a must! Panels resist car park dings well. My neighbours all want to buy it from me. I doubt you'll regret buying one.

  • 1.8 TDCi Titanium 5dr

    ISMAY HUMPHREYS , SUSSSEX . Date: 14/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    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 not kick in until 2000 revs. Several times I have pulled out at turning and roundabouts, committing to the road only for the car to crawl out and barely move, much to the announce of other drivers. Have had several 'close calls' due to lack of movement of the car.

    Got the x-pack. The upgraded seat coverings are nice and the panoramic roof lets lots of light in. The 18 inch alloys require 235/45 extra load tyres which cost £180-230, cheaper depending on how many you buy. They do not last long either, I get about 16-18,000 miles.

    Interior looks better than its rivals but is not hard wearing. Plastics scratch easily and bits have snapped off, particularly around the handbrake.

    Numerous electrical problems. Tailgate spontaneously opened whilst driving. Ford had car twice before fixing. Heated window strips malfunctioned, the whole window was replaced. Keep getting blown brake bulbs. I have replaced the left 3 times in as many months, the right twice in the last 6. the top brake light in the tailgate has blown.

    Bonnet cable snapped 2 months after the warranty ran out, was replaced by ford after 'some discussion'.

    The car is too expensive to service at main dealer. £350 large service. Got service done plus front discs and pads for £260 from local garage.

    Would replace car but cannot afford to.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr

    Darren Kelly , Cheshire . Date: 05/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    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.

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