The S-Max is quite sporty by MPV standards with fairly firm suspension, so it isn’t quite as supple as the best rivals around town, where its suspension picks up on small imperfections in the road. That said, it isn’t as harsh over potholes as some MPVs, such as the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso, and it never borders on being uncomfortable.
What’s more, the ride is very settled on motorways and A-roads, and this makes the S-Max a good choice if you regularly cover long distances.
The sportier ST-Line S-Max gets a different suspension set-up that results in a firmer, less comfortable ride. For a car of this size, where comfort is a big concern, we'd say it's best to avoid it.
Self-levelling suspension is a relatively affordable option, although it isn’t available on four-wheel-drive versions.