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

    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.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr

    Rob Smith , Leicestershire . Date: 14/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having test driven all the major competion to this car over the last year, I can honestly say that this is the only one that didn't feel like a compromise in one way or another. You can tell it carries some weight, but you can feel the suspension controlling the body roll as you push it into corners.

    The suspension was very comfortable and I personally didn't find it too hard. Having had a Mondeo estate for the last four years, I was surprised to find that after a few miles I forgot it wasn't the Mondeo I was driving.

    You also get a very airy feeling from the very large screen and glass roof. My wife, who sat behind me on the test, said she could see clearly over my head and lots of the road in front. Due to her elevated seating position and the high windscreen, this was one of the few MPVs that didn't make her travel sick.

    The seats were very easy to raise and lower and access was good. Boot space is massive with five seats and still not terrible with all seven in use. I would take a serious look at this car before ordering a Toyota Verso, VW Touran, Chrysler Grand Voyager or Citroen C8. (P.S. I do not work for Ford.)

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