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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Ford S-MAX

Overall verdict
More useful than the biggest estates, and good to drive. Avoid the SUV rat-race.


Strong evolution of a well-conceived Ford that won many new fans


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TDCi 240 ST-Line 5dr Auto
8.8s 156g/km 47.1 240 £36,760
The cheapest
1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
9.9s 169g/km 38.2 165 £27,825
The greenest
2.0 TDCi 180 Titanium Sport 5dr
9.7s 129g/km 56.5 180 £29,945
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