Readers of the magazine and website voted the S-Max the winner in the MPV category at this years’ awards after an updated version was released in 2010.
The S-Max replaces last years’ winner, the larger Ford Galaxy as the holder of the title, an honour it previously held in 2007 when it was first introduced to the UK market.
Capable of seating seven, Ford has highlighted the versatility and sportier, more youthful styling of the updated 2011 S-Max.
However, UK business and fleet users praised the S-Max’s new range of engines including the 1.6-litre petrol Ecoboost model which brings CO2 emissions down to 164g/km and the larger 2.0-litre petrol unit.
It joins 115hp and 163 diesel engines in the range and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.
After the awards, BusinessCar said of the S-Max: "People carriers needn’t be dull to look at or to drive, and the following 12 months on our long-term test fleet proved its attraction."
The S-Max was one of only three non-German cars to win the awards and continues Ford’s domination of the MPV segment.
The Ford S-Max has been voted Britain’s best MPV for three years in a row at the Auto Express New Car Awards and its easy fuel system was helped the seven-seater pick up the Technical Innovation Award at the Fleet News Awards in 2010.
All models in the range come with ESP and emergency brake assist as standard. Other standard equipment includes air conditioning, CD player, electric windows, front and rear park assist and front and rear fog lights.
All models come with three rows of seats with a fold-flat system to increase load space if needed.
Ford S-Max prices start from £21,845 for entry-level Zetec models. A further two specifications, Titanium and Titanium X Sport add more equipment to the S-Max.