Ford has never been one to follow bandwagon standards and the Ford S-Max is just one of the many firsts the company released to provide a driver-oriented, sporty, desirable, full-size seven-seat MPV. This vehicle became a favorite among the MPVs at first but there were also disagreements when the S-Max had to undergo its mid-life revisions. Read on to know how the vehicle fared throughout its life and how it expects to perform given the current market trends.
Although the S-Max and Galaxy appear similar, Ford distinguished these vehicles in its interior. The S-Max has a lower height by 69mm. Other different features include the aggressive front appearance, a slimmer grille, slatted air vents below the bumper line, circular fog lights, and a subtly placed raked roofline. Other features include the larger trapezoidal lower air intake, a shorter and unbulkier rear, and front wheelarch vents. The facelifted S-Max models offer other design additions such as reshaped LED tail-lights, deeper front and rear bumpers, a more contoured bonnet, and a glass chrome surround. The Titanium X Sport models feature a pronounced front valance, a lower grille, and smart-looking twin chrome-ended exhausts.
The interior features an impressive 2m long load bay that forms when both seat rows are flattened and tucked into the floor. The seating pattern itself is 5+2, meaning the rearmost seat pairs are for children. But the headroom and legroom is enough for adults to bear on both long and short journeys. Up front five adults won’t have any problem fitting in their headroom, elbows, and legs. Seats are also supportive and have a decent shape. Drivers will have no problems fitting into the upright position and getting accustomed to the windscreen angled tilt of the steering wheel. The seat’s front edge is positioned high enough from the pedals.
All of the S-Max’s engines were given a complete overhaul: while the 2.0-litre diesel units at 138bhp and 161bhp are still available, the 2.2 TDCi at 197bhp and 1.6-litre at 114bhp diesel have been added to the range as well. But the real star are the petrols, such as the Ecoboost at 237bhp and the entry-level 1.6 Ecoboost at 158bhp. Tying up the powerful petrol units is the 2.0-litre at 143bhp. Maximum performance is achieved through the 200bhp Ecoboost and its turbodiesel like performance. Expect an 8.7 second mark for its 60mph sprint and only 7.9 seconds to achieve acceleration from 30 to 70 mph.
The downside to the powerful Ecoboost is its 34mpg fuel economy and the 194g/km CO2 emissions. The 2.0-litre petrol pales in comparison next to the turbocharged version and even the 1.6-litre Ecoboost trumps this smaller engine. On the upside, the 2.0-litre petrol provides better economy and lower CO2 emissions.
The current S-Max model still retains the basic suspension architecture that has carried the brand’s ride and handling. Enjoyment is effortless, along with comfort, proper steering, and grip. The ride, however, sometimes tends to get stiff but is still comfortable enough for long family rides.
The interior almost matches up to luxury brands but given its affordability, the S-Max does employ cheaper looking plastics at the rear area.
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