Ford S-Max review

Category: MPV

Section: Costs & verdict

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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The S-Max looks a little pricey compared with the Citroen C4 Grand Spacetourer and Volkswagen Touran, and Vignale models are way too pricey to recommend.

The diesel models aren’t particularly great for economy or emissions compared to smaller MPVs like the C4 Spacetourer and Touran. The FHEV has the lowest emissions in the range, which – while good for a car this big – are still undercut by even regular petrol powered versions of the Spacetourer.

It’s the same story with the range-topping Vignale model. Yes, it counts fancy leather seats with contrasting stitching, 10-way electrically adjustable front seats and keyless entry among its features, but they’re accompanied by a sizeable price increase.

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Reliability

In our latest reliability survey, Ford came a mid-table 18th out of 31 manufacturers. That’s ahead of Volkswagen but behind Citroën.

Like all Fords, the S-Max comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty and one year’s breakdown cover. This is comparable with the cover provided by most car companies but falls short of the five-year, 100,000-mile warranty you get with Citroën.

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Overview

It might not be the most fashionable choice, but the S-Max is a fine seven-seat family car. It handles far better than you’d expect, is comfortable and the hybrid is economical, too. However, interior quality isn’t the greatest and the third row of seats is cramped for everyone but children.

  • Decent handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Practical interior
  • Interior quality could be better
  • Some rivals are cheaper
  • Third-row seats best for children
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