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New Ford S Max

On passing, a dealer had the exact spec I was interested in namely the 148bhp two litre diesel in Titanium spec.  This gets you lots of nice stuff including sat-nav, keyless entry and remote buttons in the boot to flatten all rear 5 seats independently and the FG you now come to expect as standard including front and rear parking sensors, DAB, electrically folding mirrors, auto lights and wipers and Ford's excellent quick clearing screen.  I thought charging extra for roof rails a bit tight, mind. I happily swap those for lane assist.  Adding metallic paint nudges it just over 28k.

The boot is huge, if still behind the Alhambra in size, and looks no smaller really than the new Galaxy, which itself is less box shaped than the out going model.  The second row seats tilt forward and up giving easy access to the rear two and move fore, aft with tilting back rests. So overall the rear packaging works well and with non of the annoying flapping bits of boot floor trim with the seats down as found in the previous S Max. Quality looks ok will less creaks than my previous Passat when pressing the dash.  The plastic surrounding the 8 inch infotainment screen could look a little nicer though.

On the road the suppression of any noise was pretty impressive and it drove nicely as you'd expect from a Ford being easy to punt around town.  If anything I found the turn in a little too sharp (but I was coming from a T5 van) and the ride was just the right side of firm even on only 17 inch wheels.  Come to think of it, I think a C Max rides better from the passenger seats.  The engine again was very quiet although two up I was expecting a little more fireworks accelerating but this could be down to the weight of the car and what felt like a nice linear power delivery - anyhow, I'd not bother with the 180hp version.

So, overall a nice all round package.  The more expensive Alhambra offers even more space, a very high quality interior and of course the important sliding rear doors.

Picked mine up today. Exactly the model Scamper was looking at, and the first car I have had company wise with no options (I pressed the wrong button)

Titanium 150ps tdci in Ruby Red. Standard guff includes keyless, front and rear parking sensors, tft dials, sat nav, lane keep assist, auto high beam, traffic sign recognition etc. Standard 17" wheels look absolutely fine unlike the 16's on the Mondeo.

First impressions are that it is preferable to a Mondeo Zetec Estate - large, comfortable, quick enough, seems well screwed together. Importantly it has headroom, which a Mondeo with a sunroof does not.

Room in row 2 for adults with my chair in my driving position. This is very unusual. No idea in rear seats as they are folded and likely to remain so. Boot huge and square when in 5 seat mode.


Chip Butty

Very smart - the ride must be fantastic if it's anything like our Mondeo...needs the X-Pack though.

Can you ask the ass-hats in engineering why it isn't possible to get a manual 210ps diesel or 2.0 ecoboost. At the very least, AW now offer an 8 speed auto for transverse layout powertrains - it's quite good, BMW use it in their new X1/2 series tourer.

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