Titanium 2.0 TDCi 140PS with PowerShift Auto
most significant thing about
the new 2010 S-Max 7-seat sporty
people carrier is not the many styling
changes, better levels of equipment
and classier looks but the new
Blue Tag lower pricing policy which
means good news for buyers...
PRICES ARE REDUCED BY 10 to 12 per cent over the outgoing model bringing
Ford's official prices down in line with the actual transaction costs
being promoted by dealers and so clearing up the confusion on what the real
price is prices now start at £20,645 and range up to £29,495.
Although currently 94 per cent of S-Max models sold in the UK are diesel powered,
Ford expects the petrol engine share to increase because of the introduction
of their new 200bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost direct injection turbocharged unit.
Having driven the first left-hand drive S-Max versions earlier this year it's
now time to see if the new model impressed on UK roads and they impress
more now we know the lower pricing structure.
In addition, the new S-Max has the first application in a larger vehicle of
Ford's twin-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission which comes as standard
with the new EcoBoost petrol engine and is optional on the 2.0-litre 138/160bhp
turbodiesel units. Around 50 per cent of people-carrier users and retail customers
in the UK choose the automatic transmission option. The seven-seat S-Max is
not, at least according to Ford, an MPV even though it carries up to seven people
in three rows of seats. It is apparently an extension of the Mondeo family even
though it shares the same platform with the seven-seat Galaxy which is… an MPV!
However, S-Max is designed to look and feel sporty and be fun to drive and,
in styling terms, certainly doesn't shout 'family bus'.
for the other changes for the new 2010 model year car, the S-Max gains from
Ford's on-going plan to give all their models a more premium look and feel and
that has been achieved. There is the choice of Zetec, Titanium and Titanium
X Sport trim levels, with Titanium taking 60 per cent of sales followed by 30
per cent for Zetec.
is now a strongly sculptured bonnet, new front face featuring the latest trapezoidal
Ford grille, new lower front bumper with daytime running lights, chrome strips
surrounding the glass areas, new style tailgate and LED tail lights.
to look and feel sporty
and be fun to drive
and, in styling terms,
Inside, the S-Max benefits from Ford's 'fold flat' seating system for the second
and third rows of seats while high series models get a panoramic sunroof, power
blinds, LED interior lighting and a premium sound system. And all UK models
now have ESP electronic handling programme as standard.
Handling remains sharp, precise and agile and copes with our poor UK road surfaces
really very well. However, the larger the wheel size, the more road noise is
evident inside the vehicle; 16-inch are best, 17-inch are okay but the 18-inch
wheels are too noisy.
The new 2.0-litre, 200bhp EcoBoost petrol engine, with direct injection and
turbocharger, is impressive: 221lb ft of torque from 1,750rpm gives it
'turbodiesel' responsiveness and, on my twin-clutch automatic test car, 27mpg.
The reduced CO2 emissions over the outgoing 158bhp 2.3-litre petrol unit has
reduced by a significant 19% (to 189g/km) even though it has over 25 per cent
more power. This translates into an official combined cycle fuel consumption
That noted, most customers will still choose diesel power and there are 2.0-litre
engine options with 113, 138 and 160bhp outputs as well as a 2.2-litre 172bhp
unit although not all engines are available with all levels of specification.
In its favour the new S-Max has lower pricing, is refined and fun to drive with
smarter new looks, offers versatile seven-seat/load carrying layout (285-2,000
litres), a higher quality specification, a wide range of engine options and
a seamless-shifting six-speed twin-clutch auto gearbox. Against is the road
noise intrusion from the larger wheels and limited headroom in the rear row
of two seats.
The performance results detailed below are from my test drive of the best-selling
138bhp (140PS) turbodiesel, which is just about the right unit for most people.
Ford S-Max Titanium 2.0 TDCi 140PS with PowerShift Auto | £24,995
Maximum speed: 120mph | 0-62mph: 10.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 37.6mpg
Power: 138bhp | Torque: 236lb ft | CO2 159g/km