What alternatives should I consider to a used Ford S-Max MPV?
The Citroën Grand C4 Picasso tries just as hard as the Ford to be stylish and has an airy interior, thanks to its slim windscreen pillars and large glass area. It doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability, though.
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer has a classy interior and comes with high equipment levels, but it doesn’t drive as well as the S-Max and isn’t any more spacious in the third row, despite its squared-off shape.
The biggest rival for the Ford S-Max is the Seat Alhambra. It may be a more traditionally styled MPV, but its boxier shape helps interior space; plus, you get sliding doors, which is a real bonus in tight parking spaces. When you consider that the Alhambra is cheaper and its handling is almost as good, if not quite as engaging, it stacks up as a compelling alternative to the S-Max.