The seven-seat MPV won the award in both 2008 and 2009 and a mid-life facelift in 2010 encouraged judges to vote for the sporty MPV once again.
A television advertising campaign shows several extreme sports such as climbing and skiing reflected in the S-Max’s body and it was the sporty credentials of the people carrier which has caught the eye again.
Auto Express editor-in-chief David Johns said: “With its eye-catching interior, razor-sharp chassis and adaptable seven-seat cabin, the people carrier benefitted from a thorough overhaul this year."
Over 45,000 Ford S-Max models have been sold since its launch in 2006, and Johns believes the newest iteration is the best ever because of the range of low-CO2 engines.
“A powerful new line-up of EcoBoost petrol engines and revised diesels, as well as an increase in cabin quality, has helped keep the Ford ahead of the game," he said.
The functional S-Max range now includes a 163PS 2.0-litre diesel engine delivering up to 50mpg in fuel consumption. A more powerful petrol engine was also added to the range this year in the shape of a 203PS 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.
The S-Max is seen as a ‘driver’s car’ compared to other seven-seat models and the Electronic Stability Programme reduces body roll and improves safety on the 2010 model.
Jon Gunn-Smith, Ford large car product manager, said: “They (customers) appreciate not only the looks and functionality of a Ford S-MAX MPV, but also its driving quality."
Ford celebrated two victories at the awards after the Ford Fiesta was awarded the Best Supermini of 2010 title.
On handling over the award, the Auto Express judges said: “Bold looks, a striking cabin and hugely entertaining driving dynamics see the blue oval baby retain its crown. The eye-catching styling still turns heads, while the fun and functional cabin delivers decent space for people and luggage."
The Ford Fiesta finished ahead of the Citroen C3, Vauxhall Corsa and Seat Leon to win the award.