Six-footers will be comfortable in the middle row of seats, thanks to the generous head-, knee- and elbow room. There’s also enough space to fit a rear-facing child seat behind a tall driver. In fact, it’s easy enough to fit a child seat to any of the middle-row seats, because they all have Isofix mounting points.
The S-Max is less impressive in the third row; legroom is limited unless the people in middle row slide their seats forward a bit, while the seats are mounted close to the floor, which can cause adults discomfort on long journeys. However, kids should be happy enough, and access to the third row is good because the middle-row seats tilt and slide forwards out of the way.
If you regularly carry seven adults, a Ford Galaxy, Seat Alhambra or Volkswagen Sharan are better bets. However, the S-Max is a better seven-seater than the rival Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.
The S-Max is hard to beat for rear stowage space, too. The door bins are a good size and there are cubbies under the floor in the middle row. You can also have trays that fold out from the back of the front-row seats, although these are a cost option.