Ford S-MAX – A People Carrier With a Difference

The latest Ford S-MAX is a people carrier with a difference: it looks good and it drives dynamically. These are two attributes not often associated with these kind of practical machines, says our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay.

Cool Parents

The Ford S-MAX is really for the mum or dad who can’t bear to see an ugly seven-seater on their drive – or parked outside their house – hence the car’s sporty leanings.

Comfort

The most recent model, launched last year, has a longer bonnet – but otherwise looks similar to the old one. It’s inside where things have changed – comfort has been given priority. The front seats are wide and well-stuffed; the middle row can alternate between really spacious and a tad constrained, depending on whether there are passengers in the third row. These rearmost chairs offer little legroom, so are best suited to children.

Involving

Behind the wheel, the Ford S-MAX really makes you feel at one with the road. The £28,095 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium I drove, pulls well and the steering is direct. The handling characteristics give it a more involving drive than might be expected, or at least until its bulk eventually overpowers its poise. 0-62mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds on the way to 123mph, and the combined fuel economy is 56.4mpg.

Practical

As well as space, there are loads of practical qualities on the S-MAX that add to its helpfulness for parents. From the cup-holders that stop tall bottles wobbling about to the cubbyholes where loose change can be stored, the Ford S-MAX is a handy machine for everyday life with children.

Why not pop into your local Perrys Ford dealership and see what the car is like for yourself!