If you’re looking for a stylish, easy-to-drive MPV that features a practical interior and delivers a comfortable ride, be sure to test drive the Ford S-MAX at Spirit Lillis-O’Donnell.
People carriers don’t always have the best reputation for the way they look, which isn’t something that can be said of the S-MAX. Its sleek design disguises a spacious interior, simple access to which is provided by a four-door body. The car’s front two rows feature five full-size seats that are ideal for adult passengers, while a third row is perfect for a pair of younger travellers. The second row slides and reclines, too, allowing for a great deal of flexibility. With five seats in place, the S-MAX’s boot holds a 700-litre capacity; with all but the front two seats dropped, this volume expands to van-like 2,020-litres.
Two diesel engines are available for the new S-MAX, one manual and one automatic. In both cases, maximum power of 150PS and torque of 350Nm are available, as well as 0-100kmph acceleration of 10.8 seconds. Thanks to added technology such as Auto Start Stop, the model is also capable of delivering clean performance, with CO2 emissions in the manual edition as low as 160g/km.
Zetec grades are fitted with an eight-speaker sound system, featuring DAB radio, an AM/FM tuner and a CD player. Also included is an eight-inch touchscreen display – and Ford SYNC 3, which provides fully integrated communication functionality and voice-activated control. Upgrade to top-tier Vignale trims for even more features, such as a Sony navigation system.
The S-MAX comes with Euro NCAP’s highest crash-test rating and a host of passive safety features. In addition to seven airbags and ISOFIX child-seat anchor points, a range of driver aids include Electronic Stability Control, which significantly reduces the risk of skidding on dry, wet and icy surfaces.