Ford S-MAX - best people carriers and MPVs

Based on the Mondeo, Ford’s seven-seater is still the best MPV to drive, and it’s impressively practical, too

The Ford S-MAX is spacious, practical and cheap to run, and while the latest model isn't the driver's car the original was, it's still hugely comfortable and refined on the move.

Ford S-MAX review

Buyers get a choice of four diesel and two petrol engines, including a very quick 237bhp turbo petrol unit – but most people plump for either the 148bhp or the 178bhp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel. They’re flexible engines, and though economy doesn’t trouble the likes of the Citroen C4 SpaceTourer, the S-MAX is still pretty cheap to run.

Ford S-MAX long-term - interior

The 7-seat S-MAX isn’t as roomy as its larger Galaxy sibling, and the rearmost seats are pretty cramped. There’s also precious little boot space when they’re up, but there’s decent room when the car is in five-seat mode.

The handsome S-MAX is offered in three trim levels, from Zetec through Titanium and Titanium Sport. For those who want a little more luxury, the standalone Vignale model offers all the kit plus extra sound insulation and quilted leather seats – but it comes at a very hefty price, and is only offered with the highest-powered engines. For most buyers the lower trims will make more sense, and every car comes with the essentials.

Best people carriers and MPVs



      1. Citroen Berlingo Multispace
      2. Citroen C4 SpaceTourer
      3. Renault Grand Scenic
      4. Ford S-MAX
      5. Kia Carens
      6. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
      7. Ford C-MAX
      8. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
      9. Ford Tourneo Connect
      10. 10 SEAT Alhambra
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