Ford S-Max Review & Ratings
- 24 November 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Ford S-Max is classified as an MPV and is produced by the Ford Motor Company, targeted specifically at European markets. This vehicle has been described by Ford as a SAV and was initially introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006, sold alongside the latest Galaxy in June of the same year. This vehicle received a lot of positive reviews from critics as well as awards shortly after it was released and was even voted European Car of the Year 2007 in November of 2006. Initially, Ford was planning to sell the S-max in Japan under the Mazda brand name, but this did not happen due to the two companies parting ways.
The S-Max is the first vehicle in Ford’s lineup to use their Kinetic Design styling. This design scheme consists of twin trapezoidal grilles, angular headlights, and large wheel arches. Both the front and rear windscreens on this vehicle are heated and it also comes with Bluetooth connectivity, an aux input, parking sensors, dual climate control, and voice command as some of its standard features. One of the primary selling points of the S-Max is its Fold Flat System, which allows for the second and third row seats to be folded seamlessly into the floor so as to increase the interior space.
There were three different models of the Ford S-Max made available for a variety of English speaking countries, including the Edge, Zetec, and the higher-end Titanium. Ford announced that nearly sixty percent of all people who purchased this vehicle chose the Titanium trim level. The continental trim levels of this vehicle consist of the Trend, Titanium, and Titanium S. A new and powerful 2.2 175 PS TDCi common-rail diesel engine was added to the Titanium series in March of 2008 and is capable of a 0-60 mph acceleration speed of 9.0 seconds.
The more popular 2.0 140 PS TDCi manual engine was also offered to consumers in a number of countries in September of 2008, and it has a CO2 of 159 g/km. The S-Max Trend was first introduced in China in 2010 and closely resembles the base level S-max, though it does not have the back of row of seats. The whole concept with this vehicle was to make it cheaper and more affordable while still providing users with more storage space.
All of the S-Max variants use different versions of the Ford Duratorq engine or the Ford Duratec and it is available with five or six-speed manual transmissions as well as a six-speed automatic transmission as an optional feature. This vehicle has been modified to allow the use of an aftermarket hybrid powertrain. The different petrol engines that are available for the 2010 and 2011 models include the 1.6 STCi EcoBoost with a 6-speed manual transmission and the 2.0 STCi EcoBoost with powershift. There are many different engines available for the 2012 models, including the 2.0 TDCi 115 PS engine with a Start/Stop system and a 6-speed manual transmission.
When it comes to matters of safety, the S-Max uses no innovative safety features, but it has received a five star or 36 point score from the Euro NCAP, which was at the time the best in its class. Some of the different safety features that this vehicle comes with include the Intelligent Protection System, which combines a body structure optimized for sheer strength as well as extreme durability to minimize structural damage and injuries or even fatalities in the event of an impact. This car also has a number of modern airbags and an advanced neck protection system as an additional safety measure.