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Ford S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto

Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
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Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto
Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBlue 190 ST-Line 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph9.5 secs
  • Top Speed129 mph
  • C02134 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D35%

Review

People-carrying MPVs do tend towards being a bit boring. They're ostensibly big boxes on wheels and notions of style or handling dynamics don't tend to come very far up the priority list for their manufacturers. Unless that manufacturer is Ford and that vehicle is an S-MAX. Ford's seven-seater offers impressive handling and some amazingly clever safety features, plus surprising efficiency from its frugal pair of EcoBlue diesel engines. The package of detail improvements we look at here has added to its appeal. As a result, it doesn't look like being deposed from its position as our segment favourite anytime soon.

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Ford's improved second generation S-MAX continues to demonstrate that larger MPVs don't have to be boring. Jonathan Crouch explains why.

Background

When the first MK1 model S-MAX arrived in dealers back in 2006, we wondered what the heck it was. Didn't Ford already sell us a seven-seater called a Galaxy? Yet here was something that rode on the Galaxy chassis but was a bit more Miss Brahms and a bit less Mrs Slocombe. It looked great and Ford had made a number of subtle tweaks under the skin so that it drove as sharply as it was styled. It was an instant hit. Anyway, that first S-MAX lasted more than eight years on the market before it was replaced by this second generation model in 2015, a car since usefully updated. It's that improved version we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

The fact that Ford has its marginally more practical Galaxy model for those only concerned with practical 7-seat A to B family transport leaves this S-MAX free to provide something pretty unique in the segment for bigger MPVs: namely, a good looking car dynamically capable enough to reward the enthusiastic driver. Other big 7-seaters feel vaguely pointless if you're alone in them on the move: this one just shrinks around you and encourages you to take the back road home. The range now hinges around a much improved family of EcoBlue 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, offered in 150 and 190PS outputs. Improved low-end torque is a particular characteristic of these latest-generation powerplants. The range also now benefits from a more refined, smoother-sifting 8-speed auto gearbox which alters its shift pattern to suit your driving style. It also enables the fitment of Adaptive Cruise Control and includes an engine Stop & Go system. The brand's intelligent all-wheel drive (I-AWD) set-up continues to be offered at the top of the range. The system continually measures how the car's wheels are gripping the road surface every 16 milliseconds; can adjust power delivery to individual wheels in 100 milliseconds; and can send 100 per cent of available engine torque to the rear wheels. Ford's clever integral link rear suspension helps enhance the signature car-like, sporty driving dynamics with a configuration that features reduced-weight aluminium components. Additional sound-deadening materials and improved door seals contribute to a particularly quiet cabin.

Design and Build

Changes to this revised version of the second generation model are subtle and relate mostly to front grille embellishments which are trim-dependent. There's extra chrome for 'Zetec' and Titanium' models, a sporty honeycomb finish for 'ST-Line' versions and 'flying V' signature styling for the top 'Vignale. Otherwise, it's as you were, which means that this is still the sporty-looking large MPV you can buy. There are no complaints about the cabin, Ford having done a great job of bringing an upmarket feel to the fascia, with high quality materials used throughout and a cleanly-styled centre stack. New medically-approved AGR-certified 18-way adjustable front seats are available. The steering wheel's a bit busy with buttons but you'll get the hang of it. The seats retain the usual 2-3-2 layout, with no fewer than 32 seating and load-space combinations, as well as Easy-Fold second and third row seats. The system enables each rear seat to be folded flat from a push-button control panel. The S-MAX also features Easy-Entry second row seats that provide one touch access to third row seating with a new design that tips and slides the seat forward in one action. Storage also includes new covered stowage in the instrument panel top, a media storage area incorporated into the centre stack, and concealed under-floor stowage behind the third row. There's not a lot of luggage space, with the third row raised, but drop the rearmost seats and you have a really wide, conveniently-shaped 700-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £27,500 for base 'Zetec' trim. Above 'Zetec', there are three further trim levels; 'Titanium', 'ST-Line' and plush 'Vignale'. Even base 'Zetec'-spec gets you plenty of kit though, including 17-inch alloys, the SYNC3 infotainment system, parking sensors, keyless start, a DAB radio, sports seats, power fold mirrors, a tonneau cover, an electric handbrake and ISOFIX attachments for child seats in the second row. Go for 'Titanium' spec - as 70% of S MAX customers do - and you get sat nav, privacy glass, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, a lane keeping aid, keyless entry, traffic sign recognition, body-coloured trim bits and cruise control with adjustable speed limiter. Near the top of the range, the 'ST-Line' variants come with a body kit, 18-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, sports suspension and heated front seats. Beyond that, you can choose the ultimate S-MAX, the 'Vignale' variant, with bespoke leather trim and a unique customer service package. All S-MAX models can now feature the 'FordPass Connect' media system. In addition to enabling WiFi hotspot capability, this technology allows for a range of convenient features via the FordPass mobile app, including a Vehicle Locator; a 'Vehicle Status' feature that checks fuel levels, alarm status, oil life and more; and a remote Door Lock/Unlock system. Local Hazard Information functionality - enabled by the FordPass Connect on-board modem - can inform drivers of a hazardous situation on the road ahead, even if the incident is not visible due to a bend in the road or other vehicles.

Cost of Ownership

The diesel engines all return excellent economy. In the 2.0 TDCi 150PS variant with 17-inch wheels, you'll see 54.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 130g/km of NEDC-rated carbon dioxide. Or 50.4mpg and 138g/km with the auto gearbox. For the 190PS auto diesel model, the figures are 47.9 and 134g/km. Or 47.1mpg and 151g/km with AWD. The warranty is a 3 year/60,000 mile deal with Ford Assistance for 1 year, providing roadside assistance in the UK and throughout Europe. In addition, buyers should get healthier residual values that they might expect from a Ford. Low-ish depreciation has long been a Galaxy staple, used buyers recognising its safety, durability and low ongoing running costs.

Summary

You'll have to make your own mind up on the aesthetics, but in every other regard, the latest S-MAX continues to be a compelling choice in the large MPV segment. Some may wonder whether this car really offers £4,000 of added utility over cheaper mid-sized 7-seat MPVs like Renault's Grand Scenic or Citroen's C4 Space Tourer. If you enjoy driving, you're going to want to convince yourself that it does. The engine choice seems to offer something for everyone, the technology is now bang up to date and safety standards are very class-competitive. In short, we still think that the S-MAX still deserves the big billing. Try one and you'll see why.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control with active speed limiter
Ford SYNC 3 DAB navigation system - 8" touchscreen with bluetooth, CD, AM/FM, voice control + 2 USB ports + 8 speakers + Ford pass connect
Front and rear parking sensors
'Ford Power' starter button
10.1" semi digital cluster
Apple car play/Android Auto
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
Lane keeping aid including driver impairment monitor and active steering with lane departure warning
PAS
Rotary gear shift dial
Traffic sign recognition
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights
Automatic wipers with variable sensitivity adjustment
Black roof rails
Black trim to side windows
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Full body coloured trim
Halogen front fog lights
Halogen projector headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED rear lights
Lower front grille with chrome surround
Power fold mirrors - heated, indicators with puddle lamps
Power operated front and rear windows
Quickclear heated front windscreen
Rear privacy glass - dark glass to rear windows
Rear spoiler
ST-Line illuminated scuff plates
Tailgate wash/wipe
Tinted glass
Unique front, rear and side sports bodystyling with dark exterior detailing
Unique ST-Line badging
Wheels
18" ST-Line alloy wheel
Tyre inflation kit
Entertainment
Steering wheel mounted controls
Interior Features
2 x 3rd row individual seats with fold flat
230V power outlet in centre console
3 x 2nd row individual seats wih fold flat, slide and recline
8 way power drivers seat with memory
8 way power passengers seat
Aluminium sports pedals
Ambient lighting
Dark headliner
Dual zone electronic automatic temperature control
Floor mats in all three rows
Front seat back table trays
ISOFIX attachments for child seats in 2nd row
Overhead console with sunglasses stowage
Perforated leather trimmed steering wheel with red stitching
Pollen and odor air filter
Reach and rake adjustable steering column
Salerno part leather upholstery with perforated miko suede inserts + red stitching
Sports seats
Tonneau cover for luggage compartment
Packs
Winter pack - S-Max
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
ABS/EBD
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Electric handbrake
ESP+EBA
Front and rear (row 2) curtain airbags
Front side airbags
MyKey system
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Pre collision assist system
Red brake calipers
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Immobiliser
Keyless entry system
Locking wheel nuts
Remote control central locking
Thatcham alarm
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Sports suspension
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 134
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1997
Compression Ratio 15.8:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 43.5
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description EcoBlue 190
Coin Series ST-Line
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 23E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 125000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.5
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Top Speed 129
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1655
Length 4796
Wheelbase 2849
Width 1916
Width (including mirrors) 2137
Weight and Capacities
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
No. of Seats 7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £835.17 p/m £32.25 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £894.44 p/m £65.08 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £947.35 p/m £105.98 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £658.00 p/m £45.88 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £715.85 p/m £78.45 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £762.30 p/m £132.37 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £581.21 p/m £55.57 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £627.69 p/m £99.18 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Ford SYNC 3 Sony DAB navigation system - 8" touchscreen with bluetooth, CD, AM/FM, voice control + 2 USB ports + 12 speakers + Ford pass connect £500.00
Exterior Features
Additional Exclusive paint £850.00
Exclusive paint £750.00
Panorama roof with integrated power sunblind and rear sunblinds for second row seats £900.00
Premium paint £250.00
Special premium paint £600.00
Interior Features
Rear air conditioning £400.00
Packs
Driver assistance pack - S-Max £1,500.00
Paintwork
Additional exclusive paint - Lucid red £850.00
Exclusive paint - Magnetic £750.00
Premium paint - Frozen white £250.00
Solid - Blazer blue FOC
Special premium paint - Agate black £600.00
Special premium paint - Chrome blue £600.00
Special premium paint - Moondust silver £600.00
Special premium paint - Solar silver £600.00
Trim
Salerno part leather - Ebony with perforated miko suede inserts + red stitching FOC
Wheels
19" Rock metallic alloy wheels £600.00
* option prices shown are estimated