I've owned my S-Max for just over two months now and must say that I'm very impressed. After negotiating a huge discount from the dealer by comparing to Jamjar online, the whole process has been smooth and convenient. However, I do wonder if the car's residual value will be damaged if Ford are discounting heavily.
The car has covered 4,000 trouble free miles and never missed a beat. My previous car was a BMW 530i SE so was expecting a huge drop off in performance and handling: not a bit of it. The S-Max is torquey and quick and handles well enough to more than cut it on twisty Lincolnshire roads where I'm revelling in being quicker through the bends than many so-called sports cars.
Negatives? Only a few very minor ones such as the plastic seat catches, the cheap looking rear window wiper, inaccurate outside temperature sensor and lack of spare. The center storage box isn't particularly well put together either. Finally, if you opt for the excellent Bluetooth pack you'll lose some cubby space.
Overall, this is a drivers dream that is more than up to the job and looks so good (I can't believe I'm saying this given that a year ago I was dead against buying any sort of MPV). Reason for the 4 stars only? Ford have got this car so right yet seem to have scrimped on some of the minor things. It's so frustrating to think that if they had spent just a very small amount more per unit, it would be faultless. Roll on the facelift when everything will get sorted...
I have just taken delivery of our S-max and have been very impressed with all aspects of the vehicle that was until I was amazed to find a pot of rubber solution and a compressor under the rear floor panel.Having no idea what this was about I read through the new unopened handbook to find that we dont have a spare wheel, jack or wheel wrench.No-one in the buying of this car even mentioned this "oversight" and all the reviews we read did not cover it either.The dealer we bought it from pointed at the small loop at the back of the bootspace and said your spares in there so I dont think even he knows yet(but he will in the morning).We normally tour through Europe for a month for our holidays but I dont feel very confident about travelling without a spare and having to find pots of rubber solution and compressor hoses around the likes of Poland or the Czech Republic seems very daunting.We bought this car specifically for our touring holidays and I must admit knowing there was no spare wheel would have put me off buying the car.£21000 and not even a car jack. Come on Ford get your act together.
I spent absolutely AGES choosing my next car. I was desperately trying to find something a bit different. I have a young family but I didn't want another Renault Scenic (had one 8 years and it did us proud). Yes I tried the Mazda 5 and 6 Estate, the Zafira, Honda CRV, VW Touran, Honda FRV, VW Passat Estate, New Scenic, even a (2nd hand) Volvo XC90. But none them gave me what I was looking for:- something fun, practical and a bit fancy. I bought a very early model (registered 31st May) from Inchcape Ford in Farnborough who prepared the vehicle faultlessly. I mention the dealer because of all the posts above that seems to be the source of most inconsistency. I have done almost 9000 trouble free miles. What I like most about the car is its poise and handling - it is quite hard to remember that this is a family car and not a sports car (OK not as ripping fast as the 2.5 Petrol but plenty of diesel grunt). I may be biased but I think the interior is classy and a bit funky. Who could not love that aircraft style handbrake? The Titanium X-Pack is luxurious with its leather seats aswell as gadget ridden (Bluetooth handfree, Panoramic roof, adaptive lights, 18" wheels to name but a few). The seats fold easily and the plastic catches (still) work. I hope Ford recalls and replaces them with magnetic ones though. If you are thinking of buying one, go to a dealer that has been recommended. Also check out the owners club sites for other tips (eg www.smaxownersclub.co.uk - superb site)
I originally test drove the 2.0ltr diesel version of the car and after that decided i had to have it. I loved every minute of the test drive and ordered a 2.5ltr version of it. The engine is a very good volvo T5 engine with a lot of power but more importantly the torque is fantastic.
The only downside is the 22mpg i am currently getting, but thats the price you pay for a powerful car. However every time i drive it i have a massive smile on my face and cant wait to drive it again, i am like a child.
I have also found to my suprise an owners club for the smax www.smaxownersclub.co.uk. Although new it is a friendly place and i recommend it to any smax owner or future owner.
Overall i beleive the smax is the best one in its class, although not the most powerfull, that title goes to the Zafira VXR it is by far the best built and practicle for the family.
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