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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.
  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr

    T M , Essex . Date: 04/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    And it gets worse, with this being my 2nd review. We still have the problem with the alarm for the lights - no warning when the lights are left on. This problem (hopefully) will be remedied tomorrow when they are replacing the instrument cluster. The alarm system message has also ceased to appear since they took the car back to fit brand new alarm sensors, something that had been flagged as defective. BUT......worst of all, I had to call the AA yesterday to come and get me up and running as the battery was as flat as a pancake! The car hadn't been used for 36 hours, which seemed sufficient time for 'something' to drain the battery. As yet, my local dealership hasn't found the problem. Could it be the stereo, the display of which seems to stay on for 15-20 mins after the engine is switched off and the car locked up? Dealership says 'no' - the stereo display staying on is 'standard'. Hmmmmmm, the reason for this being? What possible purpose does it serve to be left visible for 15 mins after I've left the car? I get the feeling my battery is being charged overnight, my new instrument cluster is going in, but the root of the battery problem won't be found.

  • 2.5 Zetec 5dr

    Andrew Vickerstaff , Ross Shire . Date: 30/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I spot a theme running through the reviews: an excellent car let down by dreadful dealers and some low quality plastic trim. I have had the car for a month now and enjoyed driving it. The ride is comparable with my previous car (Volvo V70) that had the same engine without turbo charger - it makes all the difference.

    HOWEVER, the car was delivered without any handbook or service documentation. I picked this up at delivery but was persuaded to accept the vehicle as the dealer would send it on immediately. More fool me. Still no handbook, or information when it will arrive. Dealer blames Ford UK. Ford UK blames the dealer. I have resorted to threatening letters quoting the Sale of Goods Act. Hassle I could do without that spoils an otherwise good vehicle.

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    Michael Cottrell , United Kingdom . Date: 22/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We have recently picked up our new S-Max and it's great. We got the 1.8-litre diesel engine in Zetec trim (LX is just too basic).

    Our previous car was a Citroen Picasso, which was good, but too small and badly built. When changing, we wanted something a lot sportier and quicker, so it just had to be the S-Max. It's everything that you want the car to be - sporty, good value, roomy, well equipped and quick.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Andrew Turnbull , Hertfordshire . Date: 20/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I got the S-Max as a company car to replace our trusty VW Touran. The S-Max, although slightly larger and more expensive, was a complete revelation to drive compared to the VW.

    The ride and handling are better than any other MPV I've driven, and an improved compromise over Audi/BMW saloons that I've previously had.

    The interior is vast, with plenty of room for five to sit very comfortably indeed, and the car feels a lot smaller on the road than it actually is. As with most large cars, I would recommend parking sensors to help manoeuvring in small spaces.

    My car came with magnetic catches for the fold down seats, thus addressing an earlier problem. The trim is not as good as the VW but should stand up to children/dogs etc. I have had no experience yet of the dealers, butthey will hopefully be an improvement over the poor service I had from three different local VW dealers.

    Overall, I'd recommend this car highly for a growing family.

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