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.
  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Paul Hallett , Surrey . Date: 08/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I don’t know how to start; I have had this vehicle for five months now and have had nothing but problems.

    Basically, after one problem too many (I have had 24 individual problems but recurring ones, which have been fixed but have reappeared, making up 44 problems), I asked the dealer to replace my car.

    He initially refused so we sent them a letter from our solicitor that pointed out certain sections of the Sale of Goods act. They then offered me almost the original list price in part-exchange for a new 07-plate S-Max Titanium.

    I have decided to go for the 2.5T, Volvo-engined, model as the replacement because, in my opinion, the diesel has a couple of issues: flat-spots, lag, and a narrow power band. My previous car had the same engine and was superbly reliable and quick.

    Hands up to the dealer who eventually did the right thing. I would say the car is just about a perfect fit for a young and growing family. It is comfortable, makes you feel like an enthusiastic driver, is quick and ticks just about every box you’d want in a family vehicle with chutzpah.

    I’d like to be positive and hope the problems I had were all related to early build quality which, I have been assured, has been addressed. I’d just like to say this is a remarkable car and it’s head and shoulders above it’s nearest rival.

    It’s still a very, very special car and nothing I drove prior or since has come close and that includes all sorts of ‘premium’ brands.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Tom Jeffery , Wilts . Date: 06/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've been testing the standard list of MPVs as the arrival of our third child got closer. Of all, I liked this and the VW Touran most. I currently drive a Golf, and the Touran gave the same sort of feeling.

    The Ford S-Max was the best to drive of all the cars I've tested - it had none of the ponderous wallowing of all the other MPVs. I am concerned about the cheap-feeling interior, though. I agree with all the comments posted here about the storage compartments in the floor, and particularly the stereo switches and the rear seat covers and toggles - really tacky plastic.

    We're going to borrow one again next week for a decent-length test drive on a normal day with the whole family. On the whole, I liked the S-Max more than the Touran.

  • 1.8 TDCi Zetec 5dr

    daniel sinclair Date: 30/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Heres my analogy comparing a Verso to this S-Max: it's like those transformer toys.

    The new one looks great and appears to do far more things than the other one, but you can really tell you are getting the back-street copy bought from a car boot stall!

    The front cabin looks great, but don't look too closely. Some trim doesn't fit properly, the plastic catch has snapped in the centre holder. The sun blinds catch is degrading already - give it another two months and the catch will have worn away.

    I keep scuffing my knuckles. There are straps everywhere. Under-floor storage is a hole, with some expanded polystyrene. The rear most seat trim is not a boot cover, so if all seven seat are used, the luggage space is visible to thieves. There is no spare tyre, only a "repair kit". The rear windows wobble around in the door frame really badly.

    The plastics are going to last five minutes with boisterous kids. The door handles are poor. The seat trim catches are plastic toggles that are extraordinarily breakable and you take ages trying to get them in. The "flappable" rear seat trim has already torn across the material hinge; it is so flimsy.

    To be brutally frank you would be a damn fool to buy this car for everyday use. We were utterly shocked at the interior quality, so heaven help you if you have excitable kids or any type of load with a corner on it, because when you come to sell it, the prospective buyer is going to find an awful lot wrong with this car.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr

    Steve Jones Date: 23/06/2006
    • 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

    I had a test drive over 120 miles and was very impressed. It looks excellent and is not far off the old Galaxy in size. Another reader wrote the car was really noisy - for me the car was as quiet as my Audi A3 Sportback, with a much more comfortable ride, especially on concrete motorways.

    Interestingly, the car I had rode on run-flat tyres, so why can't BMW get this quality of ride on their 5 Series? Practicality and the quality of car was excellent, although I was unsure about the plastic lugs on the back of the third row of rear seats.

    Performance from the bigger diesel engine was generally good (it was new) and it seemed difficult to keep to lower speed limits because the ride was so good and quiet. On the autobahn it was good and ran out of steam at around an indicated 130 mph.

    At the higher speeds I felt the car was a little jumpy on concrete expansion joints. Cornering is really good - almost at Focus levels.

    I showed it to some employees who drive Galaxys - the S-Max will now replace all 10 of the Galaxy cars. Well done, Ford.

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