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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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106 reader reviews for Ford S-Max MPV.
  • 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.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Gary Chadfield , n. yorks . Date: 11/12/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having driven 110000miles in our now tired vw sharan, another 7 seater was required, with a remit of being economical, big enough to pull our 20' caravan, have folding rather than lift out seats, and be as much fun as possible to drive, the S-max ticked all the boxes, our titanium 2.0TDCI was delivered in November and we expect to keep it as long as the shaz. overall we are pleased with all aspects of the car, some things that have niggled other people appear to have been changed. Although the car has much more power than the shaz, the way it is delivered is awful, plant your foot on the floor and read war and peace before the power comes in, then hang onto your hat when it does!. Even at 1/4 throttle the car takes off but push your foot the rest of the way and not much else happens. This may be the price you pay for getting that much power out of a 2litre diesel. The steering is much too light for me but so is every other car on the market. A 5 speed box with the ratios spread out would be better than a 6 speed which is nothing more than a gimmick Last but not least, WHY o WHY didn't they put the 2.2 diesel in it!!!!!

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr

    steven webb Date: 09/12/2006
    • Overall 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

    My car

    Go to www.smaxownersclub.com - great site for information on s-max and loads of info on s-max problems !!!

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    T M , Essex . Date: 07/12/2006
    • 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

    We picked our SMax up at the beginning of Sept, and have so far been really pleased with its performance. The interior is comfortable with plenty of room for the kids and I find the back seats easy to convert when a bigger boot space is needed. BUT......there have been a few 'niggles' with the car that I'm not wholly convinced our dealer is rectifying. First came the warning info message - 'Alarm System Service Required'. Also the warning alarm for the lights being on when exiting the vehicle didn't kick in after longer journeys. Both problems were mentioned at the 1500 mile check, but the car still came back to us with the same problems, since they couldn't recreate them. Now, last week we have noticed the 'i' icon (information) on the dashboard is flashing after locking the car - I'm now being told this is 'normal' and a sign that the car is alarmed, although it actually only started last week. So it either hasn't been working correctly since Sept, or I'm being fobbed off!! Anyone else with the same problems?

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