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A growing family tends to be the reason most people buy an MPV, but Ford wanted to offer buyers all that practicality in a car that also looked good and was fun to drive.
Hence the S-Max. It was developed at the same time as the current Galaxy and uses many of the same parts, but the smaller S-Max has a sleeker roofline and a slightly sportier suspension set-up.
The S-Max isn’t as big as the giants of the MPV class, such as the Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan. It is, however, longer than most of its other rivals, including the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.
However, the S-Max's greatest appeal lies in the fact that it’s a big and practical seven-seater that feels more like a hatchback when you’re behind the wheel. Despite this, the car is remarkably comfortable, so you and your family won’t have to suffer a bone-shaking ride.
Read on over the next few pages for our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines.
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