Ford S-Max Titanium
Ford S-Max Titanium – not the cheapest, nor the most fuel-efficient in the sector, so why does it rate so highly? … read on …
There are plenty of mid-sized family MPVs available and most have individual plus points, but the big question is which one presents itself as the best all-rounder.
One model which has outstanding credentials is the Ford S-Max, which in latest guise is arguably the smartest looking.
It comes in three trim levels, all well equipped, offers a choice of four diesel and two petrol engines, manual or auto gearboxes, and its revised cabin has a more upmarket feel than main rivals.
Only significant downsides to the S-Max CV is that it is not the cheapest to buy, nor the most fuel-efficient in the sector, though it does atone with superior driving dynamics.
S-Max prices start at £21,145 and even entry level cars get Ford’s new SYNC 2 infotainment system,17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, keyless entry and push-button start and a DAB radio.
Our Titanium test model had a wealth of extra kit including sat-nav, and in 2.0 litre diesel form costs £28,095. The 148 hp engine is good for 0-60 mph in 10.8 seconds and top speed of 123 mph. Fuel economy is 56.4 mpg combined, very good but well short of that of the rival Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.
But it is not all about economy. The driving experience is where the S-Max scores , for despite its bulk it does have a light, agile feel and its suspension set-up and lower centre of gravity means it rides and handles better than most 7-seater MPVs.
It also wins points for its interior, with smart styling, higher quality trim materials and clever use of space. There are three individual seats in the middle row, and a pair of child-size ones in the back. Even with the rear seats in use, there is still 285 litres of load space. There are also lots of oddment stowage places spread around the car. Fold the rear seats and you get 965 litres of space and drop the middle seats and you get a van-like 2,020 litres.
This latest S-Max, longer and wider then the previous model, has a more handsome, more classy appearance mainly due to a heavily revised front end styling and its premium-look cabin. Add pleasing driving dynamics to the package and its challenge to be the family MPV pack leader is compelling.
FOR: Visual styling, generous equipment levels, nice driving dynamics.
AGAINST: Not as fuel-frugal as some rivals, especially the petrol models.