TDCi 200 Titanium X Sport 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG37 mpg

Purchased Auto 200bhp Sport x with 15 k on clock with all the gadgets, sat nav, panoramic roof, leather seats etc for 22k. Great value for the performance and utility. First trip was shifting weighty bunch of teenagers plus kit to festival in Devon. Powerful engine, good auto box and just eats up the miles. Quiet on road with plenty of scope to banter with kids and speakers are great too. Road handling and acceleration is fab for car of this size and car seems to be impervious to weight of occupants and load carried! Fuel consumption ok. 40 mpg on motorway and 37mpg average. If you push it around or spend all your time doing urban stuff then 34 mpg. Bought this car for long range journeys and mpg per person or stuff carried is good as you can get 7 in for shorter trips. Cars been a success and although never planned to purchase auto pleased I did. Makes driving simpler, safer and less stressful . Could have pushed boat out and bought a German car but not for this price and utility. So depends what's important to you. Performance, comfort, utility, value or brand. Ford cars have great seats and if you have a dodgy back like I have then a high sitting position and various adjustments can create a comfortable car. Good car. Like it.

Peter Orpin, January 6th 2015

TDCi 200 Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs2/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG36 mpg

We pushed the boat out and bought a brand new March 2009 ford s max individual 2.2TDI. Never again. It's a great car to drive but you won't get chance to do that if your experience is like ours. An immediate problem with oil gushing all over the engine bay which our local ford dealer took weeks and several attempts to fix (came back from the Scottish Borders on an AA low loader); an engine management issue when my wife took the key out of the ignition and the engine carried on running also took weeks to fix; air con packed in whilst in France with the footwells front and back awash with water (they spent days looking for a bodywork leak even the weather had been bone dry); bonnet catch broke resulting in the bonnet flying up - again, more than one go to fix; now another engine management failure warning light. Don't do it. It's a good car to drive and very practical if you have bikes, surfboards, drum kits etc. but it's a dog for reliability.

Andrew Sutton, October 3rd 2013

TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG46 mpg

Owned from new (Oct 2007). After 100k+ miles, I offered my other half the option to keep her car (an Astra, same age, 25k fewer miles) or the S-Max. She chose the S-Max. If that isn't testament enough for you, read on. It's big, but actually slightly smaller than the Mondeo and certainly feels a lot smaller when you drive it. It's exterior is easily the best looking MPV (IMHO) and it's interior has the fewest design flaws I've ever seen. It's cavernous when transporting people or "stuff" (took a full size 3 seat sofa with the tail gate shut!) and never lacks power or torque, even fully loaded, up a 1:4 hill. I had some "minor" electronic niggles in the 1st few months, none caused a running issue and all were sorted under warranty. It drives like a tight "hatch" (I'd genuinely call it "fun"), swallows bumps like a limo and is a pleasure to drive (1,000m round trip to Inverness was a breeze). Running costs have been 2 sets of tyres (40k per set) circa Β£900 per set, 1 set of wipers per year, services, MOTs, 1 set of rear brake pads (at 80k)and at 102k an exhaust (Β£180). Not bad for 6 years service I think you'll agree. 40 mpg around town, 53 on long runs, 46 overall. Never EVER had to top up the oil between services and the only non-wear & tear part to fail was a Servo Air seal (Β£50 fitted). Spec on a Titanium is excellent. Parking sensors are a must! Panels resist car park dings well. My neighbours all want to buy it from me. I doubt you'll regret buying one.

Mark Mallison, Essex, September 18th 2013

TDCi Titanium 5dr [5]

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive1/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality1/5
  • Average MPG40 mpg

DONT BUY THIS CAR. The car is slow. The 1.8 diesel is not powerful enough to get the car moving from a standstill. There is turbo lag, the turbo does not kick in until 2000 revs. Several times I have pulled out at turning and roundabouts, committing to the road only for the car to crawl out and barely move, much to the announce of other drivers. Have had several 'close calls' due to lack of movement of the car. Got the x-pack. The upgraded seat coverings are nice and the panoramic roof lets lots of light in. The 18 inch alloys require 235/45 extra load tyres which cost Β£180-230, cheaper depending on how many you buy. They do not last long either, I get about 16-18,000 miles. Interior looks better than its rivals but is not hard wearing. Plastics scratch easily and bits have snapped off, particularly around the handbrake. Numerous electrical problems. Tailgate spontaneously opened whilst driving. Ford had car twice before fixing. Heated window strips malfunctioned, the whole window was replaced. Keep getting blown brake bulbs. I have replaced the left 3 times in as many months, the right twice in the last 6. the top brake light in the tailgate has blown. Bonnet cable snapped 2 months after the warranty ran out, was replaced by ford after 'some discussion'. The car is too expensive to service at main dealer. Β£350 large service. Got service done plus front discs and pads for Β£260 from local garage. Would replace car but cannot afford to.

ISMAY HUMPHREYS, SUSSSEX, August 14th 2013

TDCi Zetec 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG45 mpg

Had the car since new and now done 65k in 3 yrs. The car has exceeded my expectations of a Ford for reliability, performance and practicality - this is one car that actually lives up to the press reviews. The dealer service has been great and the servicing, parts and tyres very cheap. The only negative is it does chew up front tyres quickly (around 10-20k) - but 16" tyres for these are around Β£80 ea fitted. But i would think twice about buying one with 18" alloys. I regularly get 45 mpg out of it, but i do drive it heavy footed because this car goes so well! you almost forget it size. You sometimes think your driving a hatchback. There are very few cars i've had that i would be happy to replace with the exact same car. But apart from a Galaxy there is nothing else that for the money is as good. The Galaxy is a LOT more expensive and you don't gain a great deal unless your regularly using the 7 seats. I have been looking at the new VW Sharan and Seat Alambra as my kids are getting bigger, but they are even more expensive and don't drive like the Fords. So with this model approaching 7-8 yrs old it is over due a replacement. I really hope they bring out a new S-MAX soon. I think the new Mondeo delays have had an impact. But i definitely will be buying another one even if it does mean the current model again. They are that good.

Darren Kelly, Cheshire, June 5th 2013

TDCi 163 Titanium X Sport 5dr

  • Overall verdict3/5
  • What it's like to drive3/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG47 mpg

Nice car but expensive. The good: Great looking car with very stylish lines. Very comfortable. Nice slick gear change from the Twin clutch. Headlights that turn in the direction of steering. The bad: Poor paint job. Turning circle of a cow running at speed. The tailgate is the heaviest i have ever come across! The black plastic console scratch's just by being near it! In all, a very practical car with lots of room but way too expensive for what you get.

Michael Nuttall, ---lancashire, June 5th 2013

LX 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG34.8 mpg

I own a Titanium 140ps diesel, The S-Max is a great Family MPV, I especially like the 3 independent seats in the rear which all tilt and move perfect. only bad points about the finest ford I have ever owned is 1, The bonnet release catch went through a phase of sticking in the open position (this was fixed 3 times under warranty). 2, There is NO spare or jack OR wheel brace, what does this mean to you?? well if you have a puncture you now have to use the sealant canister provided by ford and as long as the hole in your tire is less than 6mm you should be ok and able to carry on with the repair and it will only cost you the price of a tyre (ONLY) however if the sealant doesn't repair your tyre. you now have to be recovered and buy a new tyre. this is a major set back and a major oversight by ford, the S-Max is not just used around town and is ideal for touring, its just a shame Ford forgot about this. Apart from that if you have a family this is a perfect car for you, it ticks every box apart from the spare, the S-Max handles just like a car it is a smooth runner, fuel economy is good and it is very spacious. If asked to buy another car I would buy an S-Max again for my family it is a GREAT car and its just a shame that Ford have decided not to fit a spare or space saver or jack and wheel brace it is its ONLY let down.

john hart, Cumbria, March 9th 2013

EcoBoost 240 Titanium X Sport 5dr Powershift

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG25 mpg

have owned the powershift 240bhp 2L ecoboost for a few weeks now, having bought it from evanshalshaw blackpool Ford. this is panther black titanium x sport with powershift auto and it was Β£31k new, paid just Β£17.5k with 9800 miles on the clock. tremendous. the spec and gadgets are superb and the powrshift is sublime. I owned a 233bhp 330D before which was awesome but this smax shifts just as superbly. MPG is just 25 (vs 37 on the beemer) but with 3 kids under 5, i needed a car that didn't drive like a bus, but that took 3 kids in the second row with the car seats. this car does it all. looks awesome, drives awesome but just hurts the fuel pocket a little bit.well worth it though.dealer was excellent too by the way. got ford direct extra 2 yr warranty and roadside assistance.

david garden, Merseyside, March 11th 2012

TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG45 mpg

I've owned this car for about 10 months having tried hard to resist going to an MPV. But we recently had a 3rd child so the posh estates where just too compromised on space. I got an amazing deal on 10 plate model (pre-face lift) 2.0 tdci zetec. I have done about 20,000 miles in it so far and its one of the best cars i have ever owned. Reliability has been 100%. It drives like no other MPV out there. Ford seem to have the advantage other every other manufacturer when it comes to handling and performance for most of their models and the S-Max is no exception. A full service was Β£180!!! i'm used to nearly paying twice that at BMW (320d estate), VW (passat estate) and Audi (A4 estate). In terms of space - nothing beats this car. It can easily fit 7 people in - all the rivals like 5008's, Picasso's and Scenics etc are not as big in the 3rd row, there all based on smaller platforms than the S-MAX's and it really does show in terms of cabin space. I am getting about 45 mpg average out of this car - and it doesn't burn huge oil like the VAG cars i've owned. I would throughly recommend this car to anyone who wants the performance of car but needs the space of an MPV. A few owners have complained about Ford dealers and reliability - i can't praise the car or the dealers highly enough. Small critiscims are that the levels of equipment are stingy and the plastics are a bit low rent. The seats are very hard. If i replace the car it will be for another S-MAX, just a higher specifcation!!!

Darren Kelly, Cheshire, September 19th 2011

TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive1/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG38 mpg

Bought new July 2010. When delivered door panels did not line up, vibration from front which got worse over time and is still not fixed. Steering is jittery and vague, handling is not like a car despite what the media says, it is awful. The engine is underpowered, struggles with even a moderate load. Fuel economy 42ish on long motorway run, 38 overall. Inside the space is fantastic, as is the level of equipment, driving position very good, although seats uncomfortable for long journeys. Auto lights and wipers are a nightmare, sunlight and shadows set them off, but it takes a lot of rain to make them work. DAB radio loses signal too often, FM radio has very poor reception. Tyre wear slightly higher than usual and replacement tyre is around Β£180. No spare tyre only powder. DVD system very good but the unit is mounted under front passenger seat & makes changing discs difficult. I have found Ford dealers to be disingenuous or incompetent. Will replace this car with VW as soon as I can afford to do so, and steer clear of Ford. And to the Peugeot 5008 reviewer who said Buy British, Buy an SMAX...it's built in Genk, Belgium.

Simon Davids, Flintshire, May 13th 2011

TDCi Zetec 5dr

  • Overall verdict1/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality2/5
  • Average MPG45 mpg

Our relationship with our S-Max was a love/hate relationship which has resulted in our seperation (we sold it). The car was suprisingly fun and rather sporty to drive (for an MPV) as we expected it to handle like a brick. It was well kitted out and was extremeley spacious which was the main attraction. Our family holidays with the five of us were easy as the boot is huge and the second row of seats is really spacious. The main problem we had was it just wouldn't start consistently. It suffered from what appears to be a common S-Max fault of an 'unknown battery drain.' We had replacement batteries, alternators to no avail and when this made no difference we were then faced with an absolutley shocking poor performance from our local Ford garage and the Ford Technical (read Ford Incompetent) Dept. We had weeks of time wasted to and fro'ing from garages and repetitive phone calls and Ford never managed to fix the fault. Other probelms we had included the door window disappearing into the door and not coming out, broken air conditioning system and also bits falling of the CD/audio system. In summary, a huge sporty MPV, it's just a shame it didn't start and the build quality was abysmal.

Alf Clif, May 7th 2011

LX 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality1/5
  • Average MPG33 mpg

I love driving this car...i find it really comfortable and it doesnt seem large when you are driving it(although it is quite big to park as with all MPVs) The drive cannot be faulted in my view, however there are some internal quality issues.... interior compartment catches (on my SMax anyway....maybe unlucky!?!)are very poor quality and almost all stopped being able to open and close within a very short time from new! Also boot sensor mostly says that the boot compartment is open even when it is not! The front number plate coating has peeled off making it difficult to read and unsightly! Plenty of space is a bonus though!...lots of leg room!

sharon gujral, herts, March 4th 2011

LX 5dr

  • Overall verdict2/5
  • What it's like to drive1/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG1500 mpg

rear seats are useless, not suitable for more than 2 baby seats, drives very poor, steering is good but backend tends to swing. mileage to next refill changes constantly, one min will say 109 miles to go then 24 m2g. the engine fault light comes on the sensors bleep constant when yr metres away.for a family car this is naff, as u can only use 2 seats safely for baby sats as u cant use the middle seat or the rear seats or the front passenger seat, mines going as i hate it

katrina white, northamptonshire, February 23rd 2011

EcoBoost 240 Titanium X Sport 5dr Powershift

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs1/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG20 mpg

Had this car for 18 months now and absolutely love it. Had the convers+ console replaced under warranty by dealers and a couple of other minor niggles all sorted. Build quality is excellent inside and out. I still get a thrill when I get in the car and look around it. Even the piano black centre console has remained unmarked. Had to replace front tyres at 16500, rears are fine. Never manage more than 20mpg but I do tend to do a lot of school runs. All my kids, from 4 to 13 love sitting in the rear seats no matter how far we are travelling. Car very fast for size, leaves the boyracers standing. Its a sports car, a bus, a van, whatever you want! I could change it for one with better mpg and cheaper tax but to be honest I just love this car too much. It's a keeper!

John Holden, notts, January 1st 2011

TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG38 mpg

Having had the car for two years i would say it is probably the best large MPV to get if you like driving. The smax handles like a normal car with plenty of grunt from the 2.0 TDCI engine, mine has the x-pack which includes a number of things but the 18' wheels are the best add on which really makes the car look cool.The only downside is with the car being heavy i only get about 14000 miles to a set of front tires (which cost Β£185.00 each to replace). If you can live with that shock then you will love the car.

Ian Walkden, February 21st 2009

TDCi Zetec 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG36 mpg

Had this a while now. At first I was a bit worried about the small engine but in reality it is plenty of torgue and is quite refined. Good... Handles very well for a 'bus' but is no match for my F2 day car (not kidding) LOL. Rides the UK roads well and is practical and economic. The kids (3)love it and it looks very cool in black. Bad... Flakey interior bits (mostly good) especially the further back you go, hit and miss dealers. Overall a very good car, far superior to the sloppy, ugly and badly built renaults, and way in front of the citroen C4 which has the worst gearbox in the world, even worse than the R-tronic Audi R8 which is saying something. If you are a family person and enjoy driving this is the car to buy.

Danny Audritt, Hertfordshire, February 6th 2009

TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG43 mpg

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 Β£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.

Mark Galbraith, Essex, January 31st 2009

TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality3/5
  • Average MPG43.7 mpg

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.

David Banks, Argyll, January 3rd 2009

TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict3/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG40 mpg

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.

Ray Burton, December 17th 2008

TDCi Titanium 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG39 mpg

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......Β£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 Β£25,000 from "drive the deal" that’s over Β£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!!

Chris Newman, Surrey, November 8th 2008

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