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.
  • 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium X Sport 5dr

    Peter Orpin , . Date: 06/01/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    Purchased Auto 200bhp Sport x with 15 k on clock with all the gadgets, sat nav, panoramic roof, leather seats etc for 22k. Great value for the performance and utility. First trip was shifting weighty bunch of teenagers plus kit to festival in Devon. Powerful engine, good auto box and just eats up the miles. Quiet on road with plenty of scope to banter with kids and speakers are great too. Road handling and acceleration is fab for car of this size and car seems to be impervious to weight of occupants and load carried! Fuel consumption ok. 40 mpg on motorway and 37mpg average. If you push it around or spend all your time doing urban stuff then 34 mpg. Bought this car for long range journeys and mpg per person or stuff carried is good as you can get 7 in for shorter trips. Cars been a success and although never planned to purchase auto pleased I did. Makes driving simpler, safer and less stressful . Could have pushed boat out and bought a German car but not for this price and utility. So depends what's important to you. Performance, comfort, utility, value or brand. Ford cars have great seats and if you have a dodgy back like I have then a high sitting position and various adjustments can create a comfortable car. Good car. Like it.

  • 2.2 TDCi 200 Titanium X Sport 5dr

    Wayne McCance , . Date: 19/04/2014
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    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 years !

    Why ? Because its been a great, reliable car with buckets of room, quiet and fun to drive.

    We had an issue with the alarm sounder unit early on but this was replaced under warranty without issue. Its now done 55K so still low mileage and we had it on the ford service plus plan which has proved quite useful.

    I cannot fault this car - when I first got it, I imagined that with the width and size of that windscreen it would be noisy on the motorway at speed, but it is really smooth and quiet ! Ive had normal cars with a lot less body mass that are a lot noisier. It only has the standard 16 inch wheels with the standard Goodyears on there.

    My niggles if any would be a) front tyre wear b) central console quality c) Bluetooth compatibility

    Not a big deal with the most annoying being the bluetooth. Ive had issues with pairing Blackberry and in the past Nokia. Since owning an IPhone the issue has gone away.

    I would buy another but would come down to maybe a C-Max this time. Engines are fantastic !

  • 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.

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