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Ford S-Max review

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Ford S-Max
2 Sep 2016 8:35 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:52

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Statisticians tell us that the world’s population has more than doubled in the past 50 years. So, along with placing a huge strain on Earth’s resources, more babies, toddlers and teenagers than ever before need to be ferried to and from nurseries, schools and universities, putting a strain on your family transport.

Just as well, then, that the Ford S-Max is around to help take some of the strain off harassed parents. Okay, you’ll have to ignore the fact that it’s not a trendy SUV, and there is a whiff of ‘airport taxi run’ about it, but don’t assume that the S-Max is a boring family plodder – historically, it has been one of the sportiest MPVs around. And, of course, all versions come with that all-important asset of seven seats to keep the whole family mobile.

But there’s a lot more to the S-Max than that. So should you be looking to buy one over its seven-seat rivals, such as the Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer, Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Touran? Read on over the next few pages for our in-depth impressions, along with our recommendations for trim levels and engines. And don’t forget to head to our What Car? New Car Buying page for the very best deals available.

 

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There are 3 trims available for the S-Max MPV. Click to see details.See all versions
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Zetec
Zetec cars come with dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, four electric windows and front and rear parking sensors, so we wouldn’t bother upgrading to one of the more expensive trims...View trim
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Titanium
Mid-spec Titanium trim adds cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, a USB socket and a DAB radio to Zetec’s kit list. However, it also adds a lot to the price and isn’t worth the extra in our...View trim
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ST-Line
ST-Line adds a host of sporty upgrades inside and out, plus it gets lower suspension, heated front seats and rear privacy glass. It’s certainly not cheap, though...View trim
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