Families road test Ford S-Max, C-Max

The Galaxy MPV and smaller S-Max were given a road test by members of online parenting forum Mumsnet.

As part of a new partnership between Ford and Mumsnet, the manufacturer held an open day for parents and their children to test out the new models in its people carrier range.

During the day, the people carriers were driven by eight families from the website, which shares family-related product reviews, campaigns and news.

Co-founder of Mumsnet, Carrie Longton said: “Ford are to be congratulated for realising that, more often than not, it’s mums who are driving the decision-making process on what family car to buy.

"Mumsnetters have been queuing up to take part in the test drives and are loving the opportunity to road test and offer feedback on these top-of-the-range Ford cars.”

Reviewers from the website tested out petrol and diesel models and the response on the forums was positive.

One member, who drove the 2.0-litre TDCi Titanium Galaxy with automatic transmission, wrote: "I’ve driven a fair few people carriers in my time and have tried several of the newer ones on the market and frankly none of them compare to this. The Galaxy is the people carrier to beat now."

Parents tried out features on both models such as child seats, air conditioning and audio systems with their children, and two families have been given the chance to drive the S-Max and Galaxy for an extended three-week, real world test.

One reviewer on the Mumsnet forums compared the Ford Galaxy to the Renault Grand Espace – a car he ‘absolutely adores’.

The review praised the build quality and practicality of the seats, especially when fitting a booster seat in the back.

Ford’s S-Max model went on sale at the beginning of April from £20,645 on-the-road and the larger Ford Galaxy is also available to buy from £22,945.

Ford will introduce the five-seat C-Max and seven-seat Grand C-Max later this year to complete its people carrier line-up. Ford sells around 8,000 MPVs a year in the UK, making it the best-selling brand in the sector.