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The Top Gear car review:Ford S-MAX
For:Strong evolution of a well-conceived Ford that won many new fans
Against:Avoid petrols, buy a Galaxy for ultimate capacity
What is it?
Ford’s Galaxy and S-Max MPV siblings have moved onto the platform, engines and drivetrains of the latest Mondeo. The S-Max came first, the Galaxy a few months later. The S-Max forgoes boxy spaciousness for a sleeker style. In the process it loses third-row headroom, but who needs that apart from taxi fleets?
The S-Max doesn’t have any direct rivals really. It’s less cumbersome than a SUV and more versatile, with individually adjustable seats for everyone, and still has the high seating position. You can even have it with AWD, which would make a fantastic ski-holiday wagon.