The seven seat MPV rulebook was totally rewritten in 2006 when Ford launched the S-Max, which was both practical and spacious and it looked sporty and it drove sporty too. The new second generation S-Max comes with the same traits as well.
In the front there is a lot of soft touch plastic, giving a sense of quality , it is really easy to get into a comfortable driving position, there is an easily adjustable steering column and an adjustable drivers seat. The dashboard is dominated by the color touch screen, which is a typical characteristic of all new Ford models. It has a lot of practical storage space, compartments and bins.
The middle row is spacious enough for 3 adults, the seats can be slid back for extra knee room. It has ISOFIX points on all 3 seats, effectively meaning that you can have 3 child seats side by side.
Getting into the back is simple, there are levers on the back seats on which you only have to pull on and they fold in front, allowing you to get in. There isn’t very much head and knee room in the back, the space is smaller than in a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.
It has an electric tailgate which takes ages to open, the opening is nice and square , it allows you to load/unload baggage quite easily. The back seats are easy to fold down from the back, you just have to pull on the tags on the top and they go right into the booth floor. You can fold down the second row of seats with just a push of a button. With all the seats folded down it has a booth capacity of 2000 liters , as much as a van.
The entry level Ford S-Max comes with everything that most family buyers would want : dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio, electric windows all around, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice control. Also, Ford offers a lot of extra options on the S-Max, it is quite easy to get carried away with them , which make the S-Max pretty expensive. You can choose to have 4×4 drive, and you can choose between a variety of diesel and petrol engines.