New Ford S-Max Review

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  • Seven seats
  • Comfortable
  • Fun to drive
  • Boot seats are tight
  • Diesel not as responsive as rivals
  • VW's interior quality is better
37.7 - 56.5
CO2 emissions
132 - 172 g/km
First year road tax
£515 - £830
Safety rating

The old Ford S-Max was a practical seven seater that was also good to drive and had sharp styling. This all new model has all the credentials of the old one, but with improvements in every area.

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Interior quality has been improved and the dashboard layout simplified. It’s now centred around an eight-inch touchscreen. However, reviewers note that there are still some hard and cheap-looking plastics. Room for passengers and luggage is huge – even with seven people on board you still have a bigger boot than most small hatchbacks.

The old S-Max was the best car to drive in its class and this new model is equally involving. It’s not only fun around twisty country roads, but also comfortable on the motorway – road and engine noise are both kept to a minimum. Diesel engines are the ones to go for as they feel punchy even when the S-Max is fully loaded.

The new S-Max is a bit dearer than its rivals, but every trim level comes with a good amount of equipment. The infotainment screen is standard across the range, as is the SYNC 2 system that lets you connect your phone to the stereo – it can even monitor the driver’s heart rate.

The S-Max is the perfect car for the keen driver with a large family

Mat Watson
carwow expert

In a world of square and unimaginative people carriers, the new S-Max remains the best choice for someone who not only wants space and practicality, but also enjoys the occasional blast down a country road once the kids have been dropped off. The new S-Max offers a blend of relaxing but fun dynamics and practical interior – the complete opposite of the conservatively styled and dreary-to-drive rival seven-seaters.

You can read more detailed and in-depth analysis of the Ford S-Max in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages.

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