What used Ford S-Max MPV will I get for my budget?
Prices for a used Ford S-Max of this generation start from around £12,000, which gets you into a nice 2016 2.0-litre diesel in the favoured Zetec specification. This is for a car with an average mileage for the year, and a full service history, bought from a dealer. It is possible to buy cars for less than this, but you'll only find ones with a high mileage or previous accident damage. Titanium cars will cost more, as will 2017 cars, at around £13,000. A petrol S-Max is a rare beast, and you will need at least £14,000 to get into one. If you want the poshest S-Max, the Vignale is £18,000. Figure on between £18,000 and £20,000 for a 2019 car.
How much does it cost to run a Ford S-Max MPV?
The biggest seller is also one of the most economical in the range. Both the 148bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesels have an official average fuel economy figure of 56.5mpg as measured under the older NEDC tests, or 54.3mpg under the newer WLTP tests and cost £115 a year in road tax. Adding four-wheel drive to these drops the economy figure to 52.3mpg NEDC and raises tax to £135. The higher-output, 207bhp version costs more again to run, with 51.4mpg average NEDC economy and a £150 road tax liability. The later 2.0 190 diesel averages a WLTP figure of 47.1mpg.
Petrol engines aren’t that frugal; the best one is the 158bhp 1.5-litre turbo, which has an average return of 43.5mpg under the NEDC and costs £150 to tax, but the 237bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine does just 35.8mpg and will set you back £240 per year in road tax, while the automatic is even worse at 34.0mpg and £280 in tax.
Any S-Max registered after 1 April 2017 will be charged under the flat rate of £145 per year due to the change in how vehicles are charged.
Ford servicing is normally towards the inexpensive end of the scale. so maintaining your S-Max shouldn’t leave you raiding your piggy bank. Ford dealers also operate a number of plans to enable planning for services, and paying in instalments by direct debit.
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