Six-footers will be comfortable in the middle row of seats, thanks to 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; leg room is limited unless middle-row occupants slide their seats quite far forward, while the seats are mounted close to the floor – something that can cause discomfort for adults 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 forward 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 Kia Carens.