Front-seat occupants are protected by front and side airbags, plus the driver gets a knee airbag. There are also window airbags that cover the first two rows. It’s disappointing that these don’t stretch to the third row, however, like they do in the Peugeot 5008 and Seat Alhambra.
The S-Max scored the maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash test, with scores for both adult and child safety a close match for the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso. In fact, the S-Max performed much better than its French rival for pedestrian safety, although it's disapointing that you have to pay extra for automatic emergency braking.
All versions of the S-Max are available with an optional system that warns you if there’s a vehicle in your blindspot or if you begin to wander out of your lane on the motorway. Titanium trim and above gets lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition.
Security equipment is comprehensive; every S-Max comes with an engine immobiliser, alarm, deadlocks and remote central locking.
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