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Ford S-Max

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Ford S-Max

(2015 – present)

    In June 2022, Ford announced that it had temporarily stopped taking any new customer orders for all Fiesta, Focus, Galaxy and S-Max models due to an ongoing shortage of components to build them.

    We do not yet have any indication when orders will resume.

    Summary


    The Ford S-Max is a large seven-seat MPV (multi-purpose vehicle, also known as a people carrier). This sort of vehicle has fallen right out of favour with car buyers over the years, and most manufacturers have abandoned car-based people movers in favour of SUVs. Yet Ford continues with not one, but two seven-seat troop transports in its range – the S-Max and the slightly larger Galaxy.

    The current model S-Max is the second-generation version, which was launched back in 2015. Its most recent update came in late 2019. Currently only available with a diesel engine, a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain option is expected to join the range in 2021. Ford has made a significant investment in developing a hybrid powertrain for the S-Max five years after the car was first launched, which suggests that the current model is likely to live on for quite a while yet.

    The S-Max used to sit at the top of a three-pronged range of car-based people carriers, above the C-Max and B-Max models. However, the declining popularity of this style of vehicle compared to SUVs and crossovers has seen both of the smaller models disappear over the last couple of years.

    The Ford S-Max currently holds an Expert Rating of 76% as of May 2022, based on 26 different reviews, with scores that range from average to outstanding. It has been almost universally praised for its driving dynamics as well as overall comfort. However, it’s not as spacious as some other seven-seat vehicles and it’s not as cheap as some rivals.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large MPV
    Engines: diesel
    Price: From £33,335 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2015
    Last updated: Winter 2019/20
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    The Ford S-Max was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2021 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, the Ford S-Max has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If and when the S-Max is tested by Green NCAP, we’ll publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    The Ford S-Max is above average for reliability with a score of 60% as of June 2022, according to extended warranty data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. 

    Half of all warranty claims are for suspension problems, although fortunately these are relatively inexpensive with an average repair bill of just over £200. Watch out for gearbox issues – although these are not common, they are expensive with a repair bill likely to run beyond £3,000.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford S-Max has received

    2021

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Large MPV

    2020

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Large MPV

    2019

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Large MPV

    2018

    • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Large MPV

    2016

    • Honest John Awards – Most Popular MPV

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    Ford S-MaxThe Ford S-Max holds an Expert Rating of 75% with scores that range from average to outstanding, and praise for its driving dynamics.