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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.
  • 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.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    steve robinson , North Lincolnshire . Date: 20/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It's about a month now since my dealer invited me to test drive a 2.0 TDCi Titanium S-Max.

    First impressions were that it's very long, a bit like an elongated C-MAX - then I saw the mock chrome air vent over the wheel arch coming away from its position, and thought MMmm, another suspect forgettable Ford.

    Once inside my opinion never really changed (it could have been my car). It had bags of legroom, the rear seats fold onto the floor not into the floor, and they were difficult to pull out and put back.

    Once on the move, the thing I noticed was road and tyre noise, and how hard the ride was. Clearly Ford has missed the opportunity here to ensure that the S-MAX was spot-on in every single department.

    The engine seemed willing but it was too noisy and unrefined for me. As I hinted earlier, the length was a little too much. The controls all seemed fine but the materials used seemed cheap-looking and the trim was not fitted correctly. 'Smax' of another Ford built in too much of a hurry. Sorry, not for me.

  • 1.8 TDCi LX 5dr

    Derek Fulham Date: 18/06/2006
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I was Looking to change from an old model Previa when I test drove this car. Car interior is good but not as practical as a Zafira. Road holding was very good. 1.8 Diesel was slow from a start but very responsive thereafter.

    Negatives include doubts over build quality of small parts. Door handles on test vehicle didn't return 100% to original position. Rear seats have a flap that folds forward when seat is lowered to give a flat floor. These are retained by a plastic lugs. I can't see these lasting any length of time. As what car own reviews infers, plastics in the back are no as good as the front indeed I'd go so far as saying you would only see them in a very cheap unbranded toy.

    Clearly they spent a lot of time on the exterior and mechanicals, it is a great pity the interior didn't get the same attention. This may seem very picky but even the volume controls on the steering wheel look like they could only last a few months before the silver is worn away to reveal the raw plastic. I am sure they will address these going forward but as it stands now, early adopters might suffer interior failings quite a bit.

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