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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

    Mark Galbraith , Essex . Date: 31/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    It seems that you can't have everything (although I just about did with my previous Hondas): I like just about everything about my S-Max except the woeful service from Ford dealers. The shoddy service started when I picked up my new car from a main dealer in Maidstone. Having parted with my cash (notwithstanding that I managed to get a discount of over £3500), the dealer did not return my calls about several faults with interior trim. I must admit to giving up after 6 calls over a couple of months were never returned. Rather stupidly I mentioned the faults at the first service (at an Essex main dealer) only to be told trim faults have to be sorted out within the first year otherwise they are not covered by warranty. My car was 54 weeks old! The dealer said he would contact me when he made enquiries with the previous dealer. Guess what? 5 weeks on and I haven't heard a thing. This is a shame, apart from some flaky trim the car is great to drive and is very economical for a car that is both wider and longer than the old Galaxy. I never get much under 42mpg in mixed driving.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    David Banks , Argyll . Date: 03/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43.7

    My car

    Does most things really very well. Buying (with my own money!) a Ford was a bit of a shock - poor quality carpets, plastics and radio etc BUT its cheap to buy, cheap to run and fun to drive. Problems from new - windscreen replaced (heating elements didn’t all work), headlining fell down (made me jump!), eats tyres (10k for the fronts), I leave the wipers on auto and they sometimes come on when the screen is dry. For a big car it handles really well and has enough grunt to keep me entertained. It handles the loads when the kids go to/from uni and occasional trips to take customers to the train station are no problem even for 7 adults. Its time to replace it now and I was disappointed to be offered less than half what I paid for it 18 months ago. Would I buy another? Probably not but more because I want to try something different than any particular fault with the S Max. Its done 40k miles in 18 months and never missed a beat even in truly appalling conditions ( minus 13 degrees and 90 knots of wind). One thing I cant live with is not having a spare. The cost of another wheel, tyre and jack and brace etc made my eyes water and there is nowhere to store it which means it takes up a lot of boot room and looks unsightly but the thought of being 50 miles from the nearest town at night in the depths of Winter makes it a 'no-brainer' - come on Ford the weight cant make that much difference - its not a race car!! The standard radio/cd is garbage.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Ray Burton Date: 17/12/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    A growing family, and we needed a MPV. This car certainly fitted the bill, but have had mixed experiences. Positives are - drives great, comfortable, good driving position, fun (as MPVs go) and has a solid feel and build quality. Negatives, needed a new battery (not sure what happened but there was a power drain according to the AA), new stearing column, new front windscreen and a lubed up gearbox. This was all fixed by the dealer at no cost to me which was great so I can't moan. We previously owned VWs and had no issues with any of them.

  • 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

    Chris Newman , Surrey . Date: 08/11/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    I took delivery of this car a couple of weeks ago as a replacement for a 2004 Volvo XC90, which was a great car but increasing fuel cost and road tax bands meant it was time to change!! However, with an active family of six, as well as wanting style and luxury feel and driving entertainment (the one short fall of the Volvo) it was a tall order!!

    So having seen a few of these on the road I decided to give it a try so having gone to our local dealer, Inchcape ford in Guildford and found them rude and unhelpful we went further a-field to Dagenham motors in Thames-Ditton, where service was much improved, even getting the exact model to test drive!! Then it came to the spec....we went mad, DVD system in the back, glass roof, sat nav, elec seats, 18" alloys, alcantara seats, electronic parking brake...the list goes on and......£33,000!!!!! It was nearly the end of me, i thought we were saving money by moving from the Volvo....so home again, down trodden that we can't get the spec i want, but after some browsing on the internet i found i could get the spec we wanted for just over £25,000 from "drive the deal" that’s over £7,000 saving!!!!

    So....the car, well it's superb...drives and handles fantastically, sporty yet smooth ride, great looks, great practicality and much easier to manoeuvre than our old Volvo!!!

    My only concern is the quality of some plastics around the interior, not sure if they'll hold out al well as those in the Volvo did, but time will tell!!

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