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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 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?

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Damian Meehan , Lincolnshire . Date: 30/11/2006
    • 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'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...

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