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 its frugal pair of EcoBlue diesel engines. The package of detail improvements we look at here has added to its appeal. As a result, it doesn't look like being deposed from its position as our segment favourite anytime soon.

Background

When the first MK1 model 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. Anyway, that first S-MAX lasted more than eight years on the market before it was replaced by this second generation model in 2015, a car since usefully updated. It's that improved version we're going to look at here.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
130
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
90
CC
1997
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
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
54.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
39.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
7.1
General
Generation Mark
2
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
19E
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
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
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
150
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
10.8
Top Speed
123
Engine Power - KW
110
Engine Power - RPM
3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
273
Engine Torque - NM
350
Engine Torque - RPM
2000
Engine Torque - MKG
35.7
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Wheel Style
MULTI SPOKE
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4796
Width
1916
Width (including mirrors)
2137
Height
1655
Wheelbase
2849
Weight and Capacities
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
No. of Seats
7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.6
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Driving Experience

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. The range now hinges around a much improved family of EcoBlue 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, offered in 150 and 190PS 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. 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

Changes to this revised version of the second generation model are subtle and relate mostly to front grille embellishments which are trim-dependent. There's extra chrome for 'Zetec' and Titanium' models, a sporty honeycomb finish for 'ST-Line' versions and 'flying V' signature styling for the top 'Vignale. Otherwise, it's as you were, which means that this is still the sporty-looking large MPV you can buy. There are no complaints about the cabin, Ford having done a great job of bringing an upmarket feel to the fascia, with high quality materials used throughout and a cleanly-styled centre stack. New medically-approved AGR-certified 18-way adjustable front seats are available. The steering wheel's a bit busy with buttons but you'll get the hang of it. The seats retain the usual 2-3-2 layout, 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 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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