Ford S-MAX

4/5
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Verdict

Ford has for a number of years been the masters of multi-person mobility. They’re famous for their vans under the Transit badge, but when it comes to creating MPVs they’re hard to beat. They have a small compact MPV in the B-Max, a midsized compact MPV with the Grand C-Max and the C-Max proper, and then they also offer the massive new Galaxy – that can comfortably seat seven adults. Below the Galaxy in size is the S-Max, and while this car is big, it doesn’t offer the same amount of space. However, it is one of the most spacious MPVs in its direct segment. This is among the ultimate in MPVs, and its biggest restriction to customers is its price.

Performance

Initially in Ireland there will only be two engine choices available. The diesel offering is the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi. This engine offers 150 PS and is feisty enough for an MPV offering. The official 0-100 km/h offering on this vehicle is 10.8 seconds. There is also an all-wheel drive version available using this engine – but be prepared to open the wallet even further for that. A tweaked version of the same engine offers 210 PS – but this is even more expensive. In terms of petrol Ford has made their 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine with 160 PS available.

Ride & Handling

Ford has done really well with all of their MPV offerings when it comes to ride and handling. They somehow manage to bring that small car feeling into their bigger cars. The S-Max deals well with twists in the road and it’s simple to corner. The suspension soaks up bumps and uneven road surfaces with ease. It doesn’t feel bumpy like some of the other MPVs in its class.

Of course, if turns and corners are taken too hastily there is a hint of body roll. This comes with the territory of vehicles of this size and the S-Max deals with it better than some of its competition.

Refinement

The same engines are available in most Fords, and they are proving to be refined in most vessels that they are housed in. The S-Max does well in keeping road noise to a minimum.

Quality & Reliability

There are only two trims available with the S-MAX, Zetec and Titanium. Titanium is the one with most on offer and with it comes front and rear view cameras, Power Fold 3rd row seats and rear sun blinds. For those of you who really want to spend, there is an option of Salerno leather seats available. These are heated to the front and they are extremely chunky and comfortable.

As standard with the Zetec model you will find among other items; 17 inch alloys, the new SYNC 2 infotainment system (which is much easier to use than the outgoing system), DAB radio and keyless start.

Safety & Security

The S-Max is jam packed with airbags, and the new model has received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP. It scored brilliantly on both adult and child occupancy with 87%. The S-Max is also the first Ford to feature their new Dynamic LED Headlamps with Glare-Free High Beam. This ensures maximum illumination, and doesn’t distract oncoming traffic.

Space & Practicality

This is one of the best seven seat vehicles available on the Irish market. Seats 6 and 7 are ideal for children and they are comfortable too. Head and leg room is ample and with the third row folded down there is plenty of boot space.

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Key Facts

Make

Ford

Model
S-MAX
Variant
2.0 TDCi 120PS Zetec
Trim
Zetec
Car Category
MPV
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
MPV
Price New
€35,860
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.0
Average km/L
20
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Fuel Tank Range
1400 km
Cost of filling a tank
€85.33
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.19
CO2 emmissions
129 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
120 bhp
Max Power kW
89
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1997
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
183 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
13.4 s
L/100km Urban
5.60 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.60 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
MPV
Doors
5
Seats
7
Boot capacity
285 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
Active Park Assist available
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Parking Distance Sensors Front and Rear
Power Steering
Electronic Power-Assisted Steering
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
Reversing Camera
Optional
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
2 Year paint warranty
Roadside Assistance
Until first scheduled service

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill Start Assist

Dimensions

Boot capacity
285 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
235/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
235/55 R17 mm
Rim size
7.5J x 17; 7.5J x 18; 8J x 19 mm
Length
4796 mm
Width
1916 mm
Height
1953 mm
Wheel Base
2849 mm
Front Track (mm)
1953
Rear Track (mm)
1606
Kerb weight
1725 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2505
Turning circle (m)
12

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
120 bhp