Which used Ford S-Max MPV should I buy?
The 2.0 TDCi 150 is all the engine you really need for the Ford S-Max, because it has enough power even with seven people aboard and you don’t pay a horrendous amount to run it. The more powerful 180 and 210 2.0-litre diesels add a bit of useful extra oomph, but realistically, you won’t need that unless you plan to tow a caravan or trailer on a regular basis.
Petrol cars are rather thirsty and not worth the expense unless you can’t have a diesel.
Zetec gets plenty of standard equipment, with Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, four electric windows and front and rear parking sensors.
That’ll be more than enough for most buyers, but if you do want to splash out, Titanium adds cruise control, automatic wipers and headlights, USB media input and a DAB radio. Titanium Sport gives you a bodykit and a panoramic glass roof, but it also means you have to put up with sports suspension, which ruins the suppleness of the S-Max’s ride.
If you like chrome, go for the much more showy top-spec Vignale. Keyless entry and 10-way electric seats come as standard – although you might find the plusher leather trim impractical if your little ones decide they want to rub sweets into the cowhide.
Our favourite Ford S-Max: 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec