Ford s-Max

 ford s-max

S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE - 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£29950

BEST PRICE

£24,859 

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Ford's improved second generation S-MAX continues to demonstrate that larger MPVs don't have to be boring. Jonathan Crouch explains why.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
DIESEL
£24,858.50
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£26,145.00
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue Titanium 5dr
DIESEL
£26,518.50
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue Titanium 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£27,805.00
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr
DIESEL
£28,510.50
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£29,797.00
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£30,419.50
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto AWD
DIESEL
£31,652.05
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line [Lux Pack] 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£31,664.50
S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE
2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line [Lux Pack] 5dr Auto AWD
DIESEL
£32,897.05

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

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.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
132
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
15.8:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
90
CC
1997
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
General
Coin Series
Zetec
Coin Description
EcoBlue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
1
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Service Interval Mileage
18000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
144000
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
120
Badge Power
150
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
AdBlue
True
Safety Concerns?
False
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
35.7
Engine Power - BHP
150
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Power - KW
110
Engine Power - RPM
3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
273
Engine Torque - NM
350
Engine Torque - RPM
2000
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Wheel Style
MULTI SPOKE
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2849
Length
4796
Width
1916
Width (including mirrors)
2137
Height
1655
Weight and Capacities
No. of Seats
7
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.6
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Driving Experience

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.

Design and Build

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.
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