This ford s-max comes with Apps control, Audio system with digital media card reader, touch screen and CD player that reads MP3 CDs radio receives AM/FM/LW, digital and RDS colour screen, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones, Automatic smart card/key includes keyless entry, keyless start and vehicle dynamics, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Centre armrest between front seats, Collision warning system and includes driver monitor, Connections for USB and auxiliary audio devices, Cruise control, Cup holders for front seats and rear seats, Dual 10.1 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Electrically foldable mirrors, Electrically heated windscreen, Engine start/stop,Front and rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Headlight cleaners, Mobile Integrationusing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Navigation via mobile phone, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Satellite navigation system with colour, 8.0 inch display, touch screen, 3D and voice, maps updated via SD Card and traffic information, Speed limiter, Vehicle start button, Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone, includes navigation system and includes air conditioning
Diesel 51.4 combined MPG
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This ford s-max comes with Apps control, Audio system with digital media card reader, touch screen and CD player that reads MP3 CDs radio receives AM/FM/LW, digital and RDS colour screen, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones, Automatic smart card/key includes keyless entry, keyless start and vehicle dynamics, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Centre armrest between front seats, Collision warning system and includes driver monitor, Connections for USB and auxiliary audio devices, Cruise control, Cup holders for front seats and rear seats, Dual 10.1 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen, Electrically foldable mirrors, Electrically heated windscreen, Engine start/stop,Front and rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Headlight cleaners, Mobile Integrationusing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Navigation via mobile phone, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Satellite navigation system with colour, 8.0 inch display, touch screen, 3D and
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|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||TDCi 210|
|Coin Series:||Titanium Sport|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||27E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||1|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||87|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||87|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||79|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||71|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||24|
|Service Interval Mileage:||18000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||120|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||125000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||69|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||85|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||88|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||51.4|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||55.4|
|EC Urban (mpg):||44.8|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.8|
|Engine Power - BHP:||210|
|Engine Power - KW:||154|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||332|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||46|
|Engine Torque - NM:||450|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||2000|
|Tyre Size Front:||235/50 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||235/50 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||SPACE SAVER|
|Wheel Style:||5x2 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Width (including mirrors):||2137|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||70|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2575|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||2020|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||700|
|Max. Loading Weight:||884|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||2000|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||7|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.6|
Ford's MK2 model S-MAX carries on where its predecessor left off, demonstrating that larger MPVs don't have to be boring. Arguably, it makes most sense in 2.0 TDCi 180PS diesel guise. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
Ford's second generation S-MAX remains a large 7-seater MPV for people who, well, don't like MPVs. Ford calls this a 'Sports Activity Vehicle' - a People Carrier certainly, but one that's more involving to drive and nicer to look at. This sharper-looking MK2 model re-interprets this apparently contradictory concept with greater efficiency and technology, remaining a breath of fresh air in what can otherwise be a pretty dull sector of the market. Let's check out the volume 2.0 TDCi 180PS diesel version.
Owning an MPV, particularly a large one, isn't supposed to be one of life's memorable experiences. A People Carrier is normally a grudge purchase, a vehicle you need rather than one you might want. Or at least it usually is. Ford thinks differently. That's why they brought us the S-MAX, here rejuvenated in second generation guise. It's stuffed with segment-leading technology and also includes an AWD option to keep those SUVs in their place. Plus it claims to be just as stylish and rewarding as its revolutionary predecessor. Can it continue to offer an appealing option if you need a large MPV but just don't want one? We elected to try this car with the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine most will want, in this case specified in pokey 180PS guise.
The fact that Ford has its marginally more practical Galaxy model for those only concerned with practical 7-seat A to B family transport leaves this S-MAX free to provide something pretty unique in the segment for bigger MPVs: namely, a good looking car dynamically capable enough to reward the enthusiastic driver. Other big 7-seaters feel vaguely pointless if you're alone in them on the move: this one just shrinks around you and encourages you to take the back road home, where you'll find bodyroll kept impressively well in check for a car of this size. There's plenty of traction too, even if you don't go for the optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. Clever Integral-Link rear suspension borrowed from the fourth generation Ford Mondeo this car's based upon is fundamental to this impressive showing. And though the freshly added electric power steering system isn't quite as feelsome as the previous hydraulic set-up, standard Torque vectoring system that lightly brakes the inside front wheel through tight bends and sharpens turn-in still makes this S-MAX feel rewarding through the twisties. Engine-wise, there are two EcoBoost turbo petrol units of 1.5 and 2.0-litres in size, but most buyers will want one of the 2.0-litre TDCi diesels. There are 120, 150 and 180PS variants of this unit - we tried the 180PS version which with 2WD manages 62mph from rest in 9.7s en route to 131mph.
Photos of this second generation S-MAX suggest styling only lightly evolved from that of the MK1 model but in the metal, that lower roofline, the slimline lights and the muscular rear haunches ensure that this improved version appears sharper and more distinctive than before. Helping in this is the way that the front A-pillars have been moved further back to create a longer, more sculpted bonnet that flows into the raised, chromed trapezoidal Ford front grille that's now familiar from other cars in the company's range. And behind the wheel? Well, as before, the vast glass area and the slim windscreen pillars mean that all-round visibility is excellent. Ahead of you through the leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, there's a clear, classy instrument cluster that in mid and upper-range models gives you this sophisticated 10.2-inch TFT set-up made up of various inset multi-function displays. Anything this set-up can't tell you will probably be covered by the feature that on all models dominates the centre of the dash, the 8-inch SYNC2 colour touchscreen, there to play its part in reducing button clutter and giving the cabin a cleaner, smarter feel. Out back, there's plenty of room in both second and third seating rows and a luggage capacity that varies between 285 and 2,020-litres, depending on the seat configuration.
List pricing suggests that you'll be paying somewhere in the £25,000 to £36,000 bracket for your S-MAX, depending upon the variant you choose. All models sold in this country come in 7-seat configuration and if you avoid the entry-level petrol and diesel variants, there's the £1,500 option of the Powershift 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission we tried. Ford reckons that almost 97% of buyers will want one of the TDCi diesel variants and you can see why. There are, after all, only a couple of petrol versions, with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost variant too expensive for most to run and the entry-level 1.5-litre EcoBoost model saving you only £800 on the base diesel, yet coming with 30% less pulling power and 20% higher running costs. Not tempting. So, diesel it is then - specifically a 2.0-litre one, since all S-MAX TDCi engines are of that size - even the top 210PS flagship Bi-Turbo version. Looking at the various TDCi options available, we'd want to find the £800 premium to go from the rather feebly-performing entry-level 120PS unit to the mid-range 150PS version that, priced at around £26,000, probably represents the sweet spot in the line-up. For this test though, we elected to try the slightly pokier 180PS variant but it's quite an expensive choice: since you can't have this engine in basic 'Zetec' trim, you're looking at needing nearly £29,000 for it - quite a jump. If you want to take up the opportunity that this second generation S-MAX offers of finding an extra £1,500 for Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, you'll find it only in the diesel range where it's only offered as an option on the 150PS manual model or this 180PS Powershift automatic variant.
Assuming you're happy with a manual gearbox and front wheel drive, you'll get the same returns whether you order your S-MAX TDCi with 120, 150 or, as in this case, 180PS. Specifically, we're talking 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2. That's not quite as good a showing as you'd get from slightly smaller 7-seat MPVs like Renault's Grand Scenic or Citroen's C4 Grand Picasso, but it's on a par with the latest equivalent versions of large People Carrying rivals like SEAT's Alhambra and Volkswagen's Sharan. A Ford Mondeo Estate with the same engine we tried would be about 15% cheaper to run but, as you you'd expect, the S-MAX's showing does exactly match that of its sister model, the Galaxy, which shares exactly the same engine range. What else? Well, all S-MAX models come with an unremarkable 3 year/ 60,000 mile Ford warranty, with Ford Assistance at the roadside for the first year. If you plan on keeping your car for longer or are a high mileage driver, you can pay a small extra cost to extend that warranty to either 4 years and 80,000 miles or 5 years and 100,000 miles. There's also the option of a 'Ford Protect Premium Plan' that over two or three years, can cut the cost of scheduled servicing.
Most MPVs are enough to put you to sleep. With the S-MAX, Ford has always tried to develop one with a bit of personality, proving that such vehicles needn't be dull and putting a smile on the faces of enthusiastic drivers with family commitments to meet. These are people who want an element of flair, but aren't prepared to sacrifice basic People Carrying qualities like space, safety and practicality in order to get it. This second generation S-MAX, like its predecessor, meets these needs in a way that frankly, no other competitor can. For us, it's the best seven-seater Ford makes. And for you? Well try one: you might find it quite a revelation.
Ford's first generation S-MAX demonstrated that larger MPVs don't have to be boring. The latest model reinforces that point. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
People-carrying MPVs do tend towards being a bit boring. They're ostensibly big boxes on wheels and notions of style or handling dynamics don't tend to come very far up the priority list for their manufacturers. Unless that manufacturer is Ford and that vehicle is an S-MAX. Ford's latest seven-seater offers better handling, greater efficiency and some amazingly clever safety features. It doesn't look like being deposed from its position as our favourite anytime soon.
When the old S-MAX arrived in dealers back in 2006, we wondered what the heck it was. Didn't Ford already sell us a seven-seater called a Galaxy? Yet here was something that rode on the Galaxy chassis but was a bit more Miss Brahms and a bit less Mrs Slocombe. It looked great and Ford had made a number of subtle tweaks under the skin so that it drove as sharply as it was styled. It was an instant hit. True, it wasn't the first seven-seater that was great to drive. Honda's dull-looking Stream VTEC was a hoot to steer, but keep that little tip under your hats, used buyers. Anyway, the S-MAX lasted more than eight years, which is an eternity in this market, so the second generation model had better be good. Ford introduced the car in the Summer of 2015 and now we've thoroughly tested it.
On the road, this car is as good to drive as ever. The range hinges around a family of 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, offered in 120PS, 150PS and 180PS guises. The 150PS and 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi S-MAX models get six-speed manual 'boxes as standard but are also offered with Ford's six-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox and are available with intelligent all-wheel drive (I-AWD). The system continually measures how the car's wheels are gripping the road surface every 16 milliseconds; can adjust power delivery to individual wheels in 100 milliseconds; and can send 100 per cent of available engine torque to the rear wheels. Need more grunt? Try Ford's latest bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDCi engine, which develops 210 PS and 450Nm of torque, delivered from 2,000 rpm. Petrol engine options include Ford's fuel-efficient 160PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost with manual transmission and the 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 6-speed automatic transmission. Ford's clever integral link rear suspension helps enhance the signature car-like, sporty driving dynamics with a configuration that features reduced-weight aluminium components. Additional sound-deadening materials and improved door seals contribute to a quieter cabin. Road noise has been reduced by 2.5 decibels in the front and 3 decibels in the rear and Ford claims there's noticeably less wind noise than before.
Ford talks at length of this second generation model's sleeker styling avoiding "visual noise" but some may feel that the looks of this MK2 S-MAX design have lost a little of the visual impact that marked out its predecessor. The front pillar is moved further back to create a longer, sculpted bonnet and a raised chrome trapezoidal grille and slim headlight design target a 'technical' and cutting-edge look. There'll be much less debate about the rear three-quarter styling, with a distinctive window-line complemented by LED tail lights that add visual width. They're connected by a signature satin chrome strip, while a rear diffuser separates the exhaust outlets. There are no complaints about the cabin, Ford having done a great job of bringing a more upmarket feel to the fascia, with better materials used throughout and a cleaner centre stack. The steering wheel's a bit busy as a result but you'll get the hang of it. The seats retain the same 2-3-2 layout, this time with no fewer than 32 seating and load-space combinations, as well as Easy-Fold second and third row seats. The system enables each rear seat to be folded flat from a push-button control panel. The S-MAX now also features Easy-Entry second row seats that provide one touch access to third row seating with a new design that tips and slides the seat forward in one action. Storage also includes new covered stowage in the instrument panel top, a media storage area incorporated into the centre stack, and concealed under-floor stowage behind the third row. There's not a lot of luggage space, with the third row raised, but drop the rearmost seats and you have a really wide, conveniently-shaped 700-litre boot.
Prices start at just over £25,000 for base Zetec trim, with Titanium spec adding £1,700 to that asking price, both rates netting you a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol car. Go for ritzy Titanium Sport trim and that starts at just over £30,000 for the 180PS diesel, £1,500 more than its Titanium equivalent. The Zetec trim features 17-inch alloys, the SYNC2 infotainment system, parking sensors, keyless start, a DAB radio, sports seats, power fold mirrors, a tonneau cover, an electric handbrake and ISOFIX attachments for child seats in the second row. Go for Titanium spec - as 70% of S MAX customers do - and you get sat nav, privacy glass, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, a lane keeping aid, keyless entry, traffic sign recognition, body-coloured trim bits and cruise control with adjustable speed limiter. Near the top of the range, the Titanium Sport comes with a body kit, 18-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, sports suspension and heated front seats. Beyond that, you can choose the ultimate S-MAX, the Vignale variant, with bespoke leather trim and a unique customr service package. Across the range, there are all sorts of extra-cost options, but perhaps the most intriguing is the Intelligent Speed Limiter, which reads speed limit signs and then prevents the vehicle exceeding the posted speed. Don't worry, you can switch it off if you like. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection also uses a camera-based system, this time to scan the road ahead, recognising the shapes of people and applying the brakes if the car thinks you're about to run over one.
The diesel engines all return excellent economy. The most popular S-MAX is likely to be the 2.0 TDCi variant and in this one, you'll see 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of carbon dioxide whether you choose a 150PS or a 180PS version. You'll hit those returns by nearly 10% if you opt for four wheel drive or the Powershift automatic gearbox. At the top of the range, the 210PS Bi-Turbo manages 51.4mpg with 144g/km emissions. The 1.5-litre petrol model posts a 43.5mpg figure, but we'd take that with a pinch of salt. A small petrol engine is going to struggle to move a seven-seater, especially if you're running laden quite a bit. The 240PS petrol engine even posts a 35.8mpg and 180g/km. The warranty is a 3 year/60,000 mile deal with Ford Assistance for 1 year, providing roadside assistance in the UK and throughout Europe.
You'll have to make your own mind up on the aesthetics, but in every other regard, the latest S-MAX is a big step forward compared to its predecessor. The ethos remains the same, but the execution is a whole lot slicker. Mind you, it needed to be. The MPV market is one of the most dynamic, with new entrants and fresh ideas constantly popping up. Some may wonder whether this car really offers £2,000 of added utility over a cheaper Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, but that's going to very much depend on how much you enjoy driving. The engine choice seems to offer something for everyone and Ford is even bringing us a Vignale luxury edition where customers can specify the trims, equipment and finishes in a swish Vignale lounge. The S-MAX deserves the big billing. It's done the hard yards already and for families there really isn't a lot better.
A People Carrier for people who, well, don't want a People Carrier. June Neary falls for Ford's S-MAX
I never thought I'd see it but here it is. A large MPV people carrier that could conceivably appeal to someone like me who has no need of a people carrier. And doesn't want one thankyou. I would however, be quite happy to be granted the keys, long term, to Ford's S-MAX, particularly in its current second generation form. Here's why.
Before I get into all the seat folding and luggage stowaging, I'd better explain. This car looks great and drives like a well engineered fast estate car. Yes really. Yet it also does all the things a large MPV is supposed to do. For proof, I checked out FFS (Ford FoldFlatSystem before you attribute a baser meaning to that acronym) which apparently allows 32 different seating permutations. I didn't try many of these but I did note that the second and third rows of seats all fold flat to form a genuinely huge load floor big enough to take a double bed. My usual issue with all 7-seat MPVs is that with all the seats occupied, you've next to no luggage space. In this respect, this Ford is better than most, offering 285 litres of space with all seats being used. You'll need a roofbox if you want more than that. If you do wish to run the S-MAX in removal van mode, it'll heave around up to 2,020 litres of goods with all the rear seat folded flat. Yes, a van-based MPV like Ford's Grand Tourneo Connect would offer you a bit more room in this format but with that kind of People carrier, you've got the hassle of physically having to lump out the second and third row chairs and store them in the garage. There's none of that kind of hassle here. In an S-MAX, the extra rearmost seats fold neatly into the floor and can do so with electrical assistance if you've avoided entry-level trim and opted for the extra-cost 'Family Pack'. This gives you a 'Power Easy Entry' feature that's activated via buttons on the lefthand cargo area sidewall though annoyingly, for reasons best known to Ford, it only works in flattening the seats, not in raising them again in the way you can (at least with the third row) with an equivalent Galaxy model.
The fact that Ford has its marginally more practical Galaxy model for those only concerned with practical 7-seat A to B family transport leaves this S-MAX free to provide something pretty unique in the segment for bigger MPVs: namely, a good looking car dynamically capable enough to reward the enthusiastic driver. Other big 7-seaters feel vaguely pointless if you're alone in them on the move: this one just shrinks around you and encourages you to take the back road home, where you'll find bodyroll kept impressively well in check for a car of this size. There's plenty of traction too, even if you don't go for the optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. Clever Integral-Link rear suspension borrowed from the fourth generation Ford Mondeo this car's based upon is fundamental to this impressive showing. And though the freshly added electric power steering system isn't quite as feelsome as the previous hydraulic set-up, standard Torque vectoring system that lightly brakes the inside front wheel through tight bends and sharpens turn-in still makes this S-MAX feel rewarding through the twisties. Engine-wise, there are two EcoBoost turbo petrol units of 1.5 and 2.0-litres in size, but most buyers will want one of the 2.0-litre TDCi diesels. The 120, 150 and 180PS variants of this unit can record 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2, while at the top of the range, there's a 210PS Bi-Turbo TDCi powerplant that's nearly as clean and frugal.
List pricing suggests that you'll be paying somewhere in the £25,000 to £33,000 bracket for your S-MAX, depending upon the variant you choose. All models sold in this country come in 7-seat configuration and if you avoid the entry-level petrol and diesel variants, there's the £1,500 option of the Powershift 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission we're trying here. Ford reckons that almost 97% of buyers will want one of the TDCi diesel variants and you can see why. There are, after all, only a couple of petrol versions, with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost variant too expensive for most to run and the entry-level 1.5-litre EcoBoost model saving you only £800 on the base diesel, yet coming with 30% less pulling power and 20% higher running costs. Not tempting.
With both the S-MAX and the more sensibly-orientated Galaxy in their large MPV line-up, Ford offers an unrivalled choice for buyers in this sector of the market. And in the S-MAX, a pretty unique proposition.