The S-Max is the best to drive among alternatives, proving that an MPV doesn’t have to be boring to drive
The new S-Max is offered with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel in four power levels. A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option as well as, for the first time, four-wheel drive.
The diesels feel much faster and eager in the real world than the petrols. The most frugal option with 120hp can achieve 56.9mpg and produces 129g/km of CO2. The same mpg and CO2 emissions are expected from the 150hp and 180hp versions. The 210hp twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel is the pick of the range if you want the fastest S-Max. For any other purpose, the 150hp and 180hp versions are perfectly suited for moving the car along.
The S-Max feels light on its feet giving confidence to the driver despite its substantial size
Starting from a 1.5-litre with 120hp and ending with a 240hp 2.0-litre the petrol range is limited, to put it mildly. The small 120hp engine struggles with the weight of the car and the 240hp one, taken from the Focus ST, is way too thirsty on fuel so you better stick with the diesels
The S-Max feels smaller than it actually is – some even compare it to the Ford Fiesta. The new S-Max is fun to throw around a twisty country road, but also surprisingly manoeuvrable around town.
Ride quality is another area where the new S-Max receives good reviews – it is described as remarkably composed. The Ford is very comfortable on the motorway and passengers don’t feel tired after a long journey. Road noise, tyre roar and engine sound are rarely heard in the well-insulated cabin making the S-Max a very capable cruiser.