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Ford S-Max

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8.2 wowscore
 
 
Ford s max silver front
  • Great to drive
  • 7 comfortable seats
  • Loads of space inside
  • Some rivals are cheaper
  • Standard kit isn’t generous
  • Little else...

The Ford S-Max is the MPV you’ll want if you don’t want to sacrifice a bit of driving fun now and then. It gets very good reviews and seems to be most experts’ choice of MPV - it's so good it even made it into our Top Ten 7 Seater Cars.

Interior

There’s little to complain about inside the S-Max. If MPVs need to do only one thing well, it has to be practicality, and according to reviews the S-Max scores well here.

Testers found that even the two rearmost seats are okay for adults on shorter journeys, and luggage space is good when they aren’t in use. The seats are comfy, and quality is good. If there’s one criticism, it’s that posher trim levels, with leather and Alcantara, are almost too nice to specify - given the hard family use they’ll see.

Driving

Thought you’d be relegated to a life of tedium by buying an MPV? Think again, if you’re looking at an S-Max. Reviewers say that steering feel is good, there’s plenty of grip, it rides as well as you’d hope from a family vehicle, and doesn’t mind being driven near its limits. Most families will simply appreciate the excellent levels of comfort.

Engines

Plenty of choice here - 1.6 and 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines, and 1.6, 2.0 and 2.2-litre turbodiesel TDCi options, with various different power outputs. Testers find the diesel engines impressively refined and very economical, and the EcoBoost engines are fun to drive, with plenty of power. The PowerShift twin-clutch auto transmissions are also commended on several models.

Value for money

You can knock a few points away from the otherwise excellent S-Max here, as they’re quite expensive to buy compared to several rivals. Depreciation is also heavy, particularly on the slightly less desirable petrol models. On the plus side, those impressive economy figures mean low fuel costs, and road tax costs aren’t too depressing either.

Buying a New Ford S-Max

If you're looking to buy an new S-Max you can use carwow to compare official Ford dealer's prices and delivery times so you get the best possible deal.

Simply select the S-Max you want and Ford dealers will submit offers online. Alongside each offer you'll see the full details of each dealer, can contact them directly at anytime (but they can't contact you!) and if you want to buy you buy directly from them, then collect from their showroom or get the car delivered.

For more check out our buying a new Ford S-Max page.

Worth noting

If you need seven seats, Ford offers a cheaper, smaller option in the Grand C-Max, and a more expensive, larger one in the form of the Galaxy.

Top-level Titanium X Sport S-Maxes are very well appointed, but eye-wateringly expensive - so think hard if you really need all the gubbins.

Conclusion

If budget or outright space is a concern, there are probably more suitable MPVs on the market. However, few - if any - are as fun to drive, and the S-Max is rated very highly in most objective areas - so it comes well recommended.

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Key Details

Price range:
£23,110 - £32,885
MPG:
34 - 54
Date released:
2006
Replacement due:
Likely around next year
Model history:
It was given a facelift in early 2010, with some fresh new styling and more fuel-efficient engines
Engine to go for:
The 2.0 TDCi 160 is a great all-rounder
Options to go for:
The panorama roof lightens up the interior nicely
Engine naming:
TDCi engines are diesels, Ecoboost are petrols
wowscore:
8.2 out of 10 from 17 reviews
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Type Reviews Score
1.6 TDCi 1 6.0
2.0 Ecoboost 203 9 8.2
2.0 TDCi 140 6 -
2.0 TDCi 163 6 8.5
General 5 8.4
1.8 TDCi - No longer made 1 -
2.5i - No longer made 6 -
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Ford S-Max User Reviews

2.0 TDCi 163 (2010) 43.0 mpg
8 wowscore

Good: Lots of space, nice handling, better looking than every other people carrier, reliable so far and high up view over other cars

Cons: Not quite getting the mpg it said we would, back row of seats can't fit adults in

We're pleased with it, but wish I'd have tested the back seats myself before buying one as I sometime take mates to matches in it and I would have bought a car with more leg room. 

  • By Joe Feather, who owns this car
2.0 TDCi 160 (2011) 0.0 mpg
9 wowscore

We just got back from test driving a new S-Max at our local Ford dealer, so thought it would be worth sharing our opinions. 

 

We chose to test drive it as we really like the looks of it and because we've owned Fords before. We need a big MPV as we have 4 children and need to take them to school all together. 

 

The S-Max was pretty much perfect! Both me and the wife thought it was excellent, so have placed an order. We got a good discount, so it's worth haggling a little bit. Once it is delivered we'll report back with what it's like. 

  • By Carl Tyler, who test drove this car
2.0 TDCi (2006) 35.0 mpg
7 wowscore

Good:

  • Great drive
  • Great space
  • Very adaptable seating
  • Good solid performance

Bad:

  • A little plastic inside and therefore not robust
  • A lot of little things seem to go wrong that are now costing money due to being out of warranty:
  • Wiper motor problems
  • Washer switch problems
  • Door locks sticking
  • Alarm problems
  • Steering rack failed after 26000 miles when the car was 39 months old which cost ~£1300 to replace.

Poor after sales on the steering rack as they didn’t want to help at all, therefore based on that final failure I will not buy Ford again.

  • By Lee Pickrell, who owns this car
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  • Promo video

    Useful video showing interior close ups of the facelifted S-Max, as well as driving shots. Video by mediaserviceTV.

     
  • mumsnet review

    Another review from a mumsnet member. Seeing how the S-Max copes with family life.

     
  • mumsnet review

    A review of the S-Max by a real life mum! Useful to see what the family make of the car. Review from mumsnet.com

     
  • Ford S-Max Video Review

    Really useful review of the new S-Max. Shows the interior, shares what it's like to drive and how comfortable it feels. Video from What Car?