Demonstrator: Mileage is subject to change, please call to confirm. This Ford S-MAX is equipped with Power assisted steering, Bluetooth hands free phone with voice control system, Ford SYNC 3 with 8 inch colour touch screen, SYNC Emergency Assistance, Traffic sign recognition, Remote audio controls on steering wheel, Automatic headlights, Electric front and rear windows with one touch and global open/ closing, Electric adjustable heated door mirrors, Heated windscreen and heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensing front wipers, Rear privacy glass, 12V accessory sockets front and rear, Dual air conditioning with automatic temperature electronic control, Heated front seats, Isofix rear child seat preparation in 2nd row, ABS, Driver/ Front Passenger airbags, Electronic parking brake, Intelligent Protection System, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Rear child proof door locks, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Immobiliser, Remote control central/ double locking, Thatcham category 1 alarm system with perimetric and volumetric protection.
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This S-MAX is a beautiful vehicle that is perfect for larger families due to its 7 seats!
Electric front and rear windows + one touch + global open/closing, Heated windscreen + heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensing front wipers, Rear privacy glass, Tailgate wash/wipe, Tinted glass
ABS/EBD, Electronic parking brake, ESP+EBA
Front and rear velour floor mats
Bluetooth hands free phone with voice control system
Driver alert system, Lane keep assist, PAS, Traffic sign recognition
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
Ford convers+ (256 colour instrument panel), Ford SYNC 3 with 8" colour touch screen, SYNC Emergency Assistance
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors + puddle lights
Diesel particulate filter
Remote audio controls on steering wheel
Exterior Body Features
Black window surrounds, Body colour door handles, Body coloured bumpers, Body styling kit, Chrome grille surround, Dual chrome exhaust, Rear spoiler
Automatic headlights, Automatic illuminating hazard lights in sudden deceleration, Black headlamp bezels, Front fog lights, High beam assist, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights
Dual air conditioning with automatic temperature electronic control, Rear air vents
12V accessory sockets - front and rear, 4 spoke leather steering wheel, Axis cloth upholstery, Black headlining, Centre console with armrest/storage box + cupholder, Child observation mirror, Chrome finish to interior door handles, Front under seat storage, Leather gear knob, Overhead console with sunglasses holder, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Rear stowage boxes, Red stitching on steering wheel, centre console, gear lever, door trim and floor mats, Tie down hooks in luggage area, Tonneau cover
Ambient lighting, Footwell lights, Front and rear courtesy reading lights, Front overhead courtesy lights with theatre style dimming and delay, Illuminated entry system, Luggage area lamp
3 point seatbelts on all seats, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Drivers knee airbag, Front and rear (row 2) curtain airbags, Front side airbags, Intelligent Protection System (IPS), MyKey system, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Rear child proof door locks, Tyre pressure monitoring system
2 individual folding 3rd row seats, 3 individual fold flat 2nd row seats, Driver's manual adjustable lumbar support, Driver's seat manual height adjust, Front passenger seat manual height adjustment with lumbar support, Fully adjustable front head restraints, Heated front seats, Height adjustable rear head restraints, Isofix rear child seat preparation in 2nd row, Sports front seats
Immobiliser, Keyless entry with 'Ford Power' starter button, Locking wheel nuts, Remote control central/double locking, Thatcham category 1 alarm system with perimetric + volumetric protection
Wheels - Spare
Space saver spare wheel
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||TDCi 180|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||28E|
|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):||71|
|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):||56.5|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||61.4|
|EC Urban (mpg):||50.4|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||9.5|
|Engine Power - BHP:||180|
|Engine Power - KW:||132|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||295|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||40.8|
|Engine Torque - NM:||400|
|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:||2540|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||2020|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||700|
|Max. Loading Weight:||882|
|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 improved second generation S-MAX continues to demonstrate that larger MPVs don't have to be boring. Jonathan Crouch explains why.
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 seven-seater offers impressive handling and some amazingly clever safety features, plus surprising efficiency from the now more frugal range of EcoBlue diesel engines. It doesn't look like being deposed from its position as our segment 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 now hinges around a much improved family of EcoBlue 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, offered in 120, 150, 190 and bi-turbo 240PS outputs. Improved low-end torque is a particular characteristic of these latest-generation powerplants. The range also now benefits from a more refined, smoother-sifting 8-speed auto gearbox which alters its shift pattern to suit your driving style. It also enables the fitment of Adaptive Cruise Control and includes an engine Stop & Go system. The brand's intelligent all-wheel drive (I-AWD) set-up continues to be offered at the top of the range. 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. Petrol engine options include Ford's fuel-efficient 165PS 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 particularly quiet cabin.
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 usual 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 around £27,500 for base 'Zetec' trim, but that only gets you a petrol model; the cheapest diesel requires a budget of just over £29,000. Above 'Zetec', there are three further trim levels; 'Titanium', 'ST-Line' and plush 'Vignale'. Even base 'Zetec'-spec gets you plenty of kit though, including 17-inch alloys, the SYNC3 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 'ST-Line' variants come 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 customer 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. In the 2.0 TDCi 120PS variant with 17-inch wheels, you'll see 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and 134g/km of carbon dioxide (or 56.5mpg and 132g/km in a 150 or 190PS 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 47.1mpg with 156g/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 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 continues to be a compelling choice in the large MPV segment. Some may wonder whether this car really offers £4,000 of added utility over cheaper mid-sized 7-seat MPVs like Renault's Grand Scenic or Citroen's C4 Space Tourer. If you enjoy driving, you're going to want to convince yourself that it does. The engine choice seems to offer something for everyone, the technology is now bang up to date and safety standards are very class-competitive. In short, we still think that the S-MAX deserves the big billing. Try one and you'll see why.
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 improved 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, the range now hinges around a much improved family of EcoBlue 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, offered in 120, 150, 190 and bi-turbo 240PS outputs. Improved low-end torque is a particular characteristic of these latest-generation powerplants. The line-up also now benefits from a more refined, smoother-sifting 8-speed auto gearbox which alters its shift pattern to suit your driving style. Petrol engine options include Ford's fuel-efficient 165PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost with manual transmission and the 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 6-speed automatic transmission.
List pricing suggests that you'll probably be paying somewhere in the £28,000 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 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Ford reckons that almost 97% of buyers will want one of the TDCi diesel variants and you can see why. The diesel engines all return excellent economy. In the 2.0 TDCi 120PS variant with 17-inch wheels, you'll see 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and 134g/km of carbon dioxide (or 56.5mpg and 132g/km in a 150 or 190PS version). You'll hit those returns by nearly 10% if you opt for four wheel drive or the Powershift automatic gearbox.
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.
Mr John McManus - 15/01/2019, owner of a Ford S-Max 2.0 ST Line Ecoblue 190PS Auto
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