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Lorraine Ward, Middlesex

Ford S-Max S-MAX DIESEL ESTATE 2006 - 2010

1 star review

I have had this car for just over two years and I have had constant problems with it. Turbo had to be replaced and glow pugs, also power steering rack and now the water pump has just gone and to top it off the bonnet release cable has broken. This car has cost me fortunes, it`s one thing after another. The quicker I get rid of this car the better, all it does is burn a hole in your pocket. I would recommend that anybody thinking about buying an S-Max 7 seater TDCi keep well away

Submitted: 2014-07-03 | ID: 98879

Jo, England

Ford S-Max 2007

2 star review

Bought the S-Max in 2007 where it was a dealer’s ex-demo. It was great for first few years and brilliant for a family of five. Love the space and the drive. However, over the last six months it has been in and out of the garage approximately 10 times with electrical and on-board computer problems. £1,500 later still the saga continues. Even Ford doesn’t seem to be able to diagnose the problems. Can’t wait to get rid of it.

Submitted: 2014-04-04 | ID: 93553

Nigel, Berkshire

Ford S-Max 2007

4 star review

Bought the car just under 2 years old from private seller, the thing that we liked about the car was the 7 seat capacity and that it had 3 full size separate seats in the rear, and that seats 6-7 were decent size seats, unlike we saw in the Outlander! We have had the car regularly serviced by local dealer and apart from the usual oil, filters, wiper blades, brake pads and tyres its been a very good car. We had a problem with the bonnet release, I managed to fix this myself from info gleaned on one of the owners forums. We have experienced the problem with blowing tail light bulbs - but not too often. We get around 41mpg, that’s mostly urban driving and take it down to the French Alps every year, the car has the 18" wheels - the tyres are expensive if you go for branded ones - we buy Sunitrac at half the price and are very good. We have a 2nd set of 16" wheels with winter tyres for the Alps trips - this makes a massive difference, we couldn’t get off the drive with the 18" and low profiles. Car is quite noisy with the low profiles on - lots of tyre noise. We had the brake servo pressure relief valve replaced - £40 inc labour - we had experienced this known problem of the ’stiff brake pedal’, worried the hell out of my wife! Today found that the centre exhaust pipe hanger has broken leaving hole in pile £90 to replace. All in all very pleased with the car thus far, good combination of spaciousness, handling, economy and style.

Submitted: 2014-02-11 | ID: 40549

Graham Maw, Durham

Ford S-Max 2007

3 star review

I purchased this car in 2010. It had a problem with a noisy power steering pump, which was replaced under warranty.It eats front tyres. The bonnet release cable snapped and now the handbrake button wire has snapped. I managed to release the handbrake by removing the trim and gear lever gaiter and pulling on the broken cable. Apart from that a lovely car to drive and tow a caravan with. The car has done 68,000 miles.

Responses to this review

Just read your comments. Hand break, yes, I had a problem, power steering that too, turbo also but saying that my S Max has been fantastic but time to let it retire with 298,112 miles in still the same clutch. I am replacing my car with a Kuga I hope it lasts as welll as 7 years! Cheers, - Mike Cope from Yorkshire

Submitted: 2013-06-09 | ID: 40547

Stewart Coates, Yorkshire

Ford S-Max 2008

3 star review

I have owned a Ford S-MAX 2.0TDCi Zetec since new in June 2008. It has now done 48K miles of various journey types. The overall design and feel of the car is excellent, it drives really well and handles like a good car rather than an MPV. Economy is good for the size and shape of the car Round town gets mid 30s mpg, Fast A roads or sticking to the 70 limit on motorways will see high 40s Normal motorway (80-85) gets down to low 40s . For the first 2-3 years we were very pleased with the car from a practicality and performance perspective. However, and somewhat annoyingly, once the warranty period expired I’ve had a number of minor (and not cheap) faults develop. The alloy wheels need completely refurbishing. The electronic boot catch failed, costing £180 to fix. The main radiator hose split - another £130. Heated from windscreen element failed ("Luckily" I got it replaced when the screen got cracked later). The bonnet cable snapped - another £120 and now the exhaust has failed - £600 (from Ford). One or two of these faults I could understand, but it has really put me off buying another. So overall, not a bad experience, but let down by parts that just should not fail before 5 years at least. I like to buy a car and keep it for a few years, which I will not be doing this time. I’ll probably be heading to Volkswagen next year.

Submitted: 2012-10-29 | ID: 40544

Hamidi Khalid, Malaysia

Ford S-Max 2012

5 star review

Great car, loads of space, powerful engine. Drinks like a fish though :( Excellent powertrain in the Powershift, no jerking in low speeds compared to VAG dual clutch.

Submitted: 2012-05-22 | ID: 40543

Seam Maginn, County Down

Ford S-Max 2011

5 star review

What a class car! Does everything what you want, with loads of bhp (200). It has done 50,000 in first year, no bother.

Submitted: 2012-03-21 | ID: 40545

Ivan Davies, Northern Ireland

Ford S-Max 2008

2 star review

I bought this new and like it because it’s roomy, nice to drive, comfy and looks ok. However, the faults so far are: Power steering rack failed (under warranty thankfully); Power steering pump changed (under warranty); Handbrake fell apart (under warranty) Parking sensors - recurring gremlins; Alarm module problem design fault (out of warranty); Uneven tyre wear. All these are very common faults on the S-MAX owners website. The local dealer was very helpful, but I will not buy Ford again as, for the price I paid, I expect quality not hassle!

Submitted: 2012-01-16 | ID: 40546

Warren Teall, England

Ford S-Max 2010

4 star review

Fantastic drive for a big car. Does what it says on the tin.

Responses to this review

Handbrake failed when parked on slight incline car rolled back approx 10 yards into concrete post. Handbrake used to be full on when pulled up three notches. Now you have to pull it up all the way. Checked out by Fords who say nothing wrong with handbrake. Help required in solving this problem, it is a mobility car - Bill McGrath from Lancashire

Submitted: 2011-06-07 | ID: 40537

Sean, Ireland

Ford S-Max 2008

4 star review

After 3 years and 100k kilometers no real problems. Pros: Lots of space for passengers and luggage. Decent power. Smooth auto box. Good visibility. Handles well for a tall car. Has been very reliable with no repairs needed over the term apart from servicing. Cons: Thirsty - 36 odd mpg. Eats tyres and the 18" low profiles aren’t cheap. Again low profiles not really suitable for back roads and potholes, but that’s hardly the cars fault. Auto box annoyingly holds onto 5th until 65 mph when it could do with changing to 6th that bit sooner. The result is needless higher fuel consumption when traffic conditions dictate 60mph speeds. Controls for phone, radio etc a bit fiddly and confusing or maybe I’m just getting old. Lack of a spare wheel could potentially be a nightmare if you damage a tyre far from home over a weekend. Other than the few bits above I would have to reccomend it overall.

Submitted: 2011-05-16 | ID: 40539

John Howard, England

Ford S-Max 2007

2 star review

I have had this car for just over 3 years from new and potentially a great car. I have done 80k, but in that time the following problems, seen so many times on Ford blogs. 1. Hesitation when accelerating, so dangerous at a roundabout. 2. New steering rack, the old one disintegrated internally but no contribution from Ford Cost over £1.1k .3. Heater Directional cable now broken, heat only on face and screen. Quoted £1,200 to fix it by local Ford dealer. Feet freezing. 4. Bonnet Cable ceased could not check Oil or fill washer bottle. 5. Blows rear bulbs for fun, must change a stop & tail bulb every 6 weeks. So bad I now change them both every time. However the car is a dream to drive, especially long distances, is very economical at 48mpg average over 5kmls, and has the carrying capacity of the Tardis without sacrificing handling. My verdict, a frustratingly, costly, brilliant,vehicle. Only buy if you have deep pockets !<br /><br />

Responses to this review

If you use motorcraft bulbs in rear tail lights, they don’t blow - from Ireland

Submitted: 2011-03-04 | ID: 40532

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Julie Dryden, Northern Ireland

Ford S-Max 2008

1 star review

Bought my S-Max in January 2008, by August 08 it had been back to Ford 5 times and by that stage they had to send a technical engineer over from Ford UK to look at the car! The engine management system was messed up and simply would not start. The alarm which I got put in as a factory fitted option kept going off by itself, the parking sensors had completely given up the ghost and that stupid handbrake came off in my hand one day when I pulled it up! By December 2008 Ford had no other choice than to take back the car and give me a Titainum 2.0 TDCI version which was an Ex Ford UK car with less miles that were on my own. It was a better car than my 1st S-Max but not a huge improvement. I have recently traded it in with 87k on the clock for a Toyota Rav4. In my opinion, avoid the S-Max at all costs!<br /><br />

Submitted: 2011-02-01 | ID: 40536

Kath, Lanarkshire

Ford S-Max 2006

1 star review

Bought the car 2nd hand last Dec (09) & it was fine till this Dec when it was troublesome to start and then eventually just wouldn’t. We have just spent £700 on diagnosis alone (it’s still knackered) to be told that it is our fault, we must have let the engine overheat, and it needs the entire engine replaced?!? The temp gauge needle has NEVER gone over halfway and we have checked/topped up coolant on regular basis (as per normal car maintenance). NOT IMPRESSED WITH THIS HEAP OF JUNK and LESS THAN IMPRESSED WITH FORD CUSTOMER "SERVICE" - will never ever buy Ford again in my life & will dissuade everyone I know from buying Ford.

Responses to this review

SMax 2.2TDCi - 55KM great to drive and can carry the family easily with room to spare but at 40K the steering pump went. Fortunately it was under warranty and was replaced. Yesterday, the temperature jumped to 130 degrees so stopped driving immediately, have just been told that we failed to put water into it but it had been serviced 5 months ago and oil and water checked less than a month ago. Very frustrated. Are these issues common? - Wifes Car from Belgium

Submitted: 2011-01-30 | ID: 40534

Dave, Lothians

Ford S-Max 2007

1 star review

This car has been nothing but trouble since its first winter. The problem with the alarm module was not fixed despite having it replaced. There was a problem with the battery draining itself constantly. This took 2 dealers and 6 weeks to fix. Now the car has completely packed up with an immobiliser problem and ’Engine malfunction ’ problem. Now waiting fot the AA to tow it to the garage again. As soon as it is fixed I will be getting rid of it.

Responses to this review

Hi. Did you get your problem with immobiliser sorted? If so, what was the solution? Thanks for sharing - from England

Submitted: 2010-11-30 | ID: 40540

Andrew Bryant, Essex

Ford S-Max 2006

2 star review

Am about to trade in my S Max LX after 4 years and 62,000 miles. This was my first Ford and possibly my last. It has been beset with faults, starting with a steering problem at 6 months old resulting in Ford having the car for over 2 weeks. The aircraft-style handbrake fell apart under warranty but was classed as ’trim’ and a surly girl from ’customer care’ eventually agreed 50% contribution - ’but We don’t have to give you anything.’ I kid not. New clutch and failed power steering pump among recent expenses. Over-rated bling!

Submitted: 2010-09-12 | ID: 40542

Stewart Bradbury, Lancashire

Ford S-Max 2010

5 star review

I’ve had this car for just over 2 weeks now and it is the best car I personally have ever had. It drives really smooth and can easily pull away from anyone who thinks they have a chance ;). There is plenty of room throughout and even the rear most two seats are not that bad if the 2nd row of seat are moved forward.So far no problems and would fully recommend to anyone wanting an mpv but with a sporty twist.

Responses to this review

Agree with you, fantastic car. But this morning, it decided not to start. It’s now at Fords and being only two weeks old, I am a little worried. It just stopped and turned over but refused to re-start, I hope it’s not the start of things to come, will keep you posted - Tim Baron from Kent

Ha ha, it’s me again. S-max now with dealer for another day. They said it is the battery but as you know, the car was turning over but not starting, there was plenty of power there. They want to keep it another day to make sure, and not just fit a new battery which makes sense. I believe it is a software problem but hey what do I know? Anyway I will tell you what Dagenham Motors of Eltham are like once I get over all this. A courtesy car would have been nice, initial contact could have been better, but I am patient and if they do a good job, I will tell the world. If they don’t, I will tell the Universe - Tim Baron from Kent

Yes, its me again. Dagenham Motors rang me to say they could not find fault with my S-Max and it was ready to pick up. The nice man behind the counter explained that maybe the battery on my new car had not been fully charge. I told him I would be happier if they had found the fault. Anyway took the keys and went to take my car home (you know what’s coming here), it did not start. After many apologies, at least they have seen the fault, it is now in their hands again. I say again as this counts as the second time they have looked at the same fault now, so they think I am a nice polite chap. Little do they know on the third attempt now, I will actually give them the car back and go through the courts as I fortunate enough to have the money and knowledge to do it. Will keep you posted. Courtesy car of course not - Tim Baron from Kent

Well I hope you have been tuned in. The dealership rang me to say the car started this morning but when they put it on the ramps, it stopped again. But, the good news is a recall has been announced by Ford this morning, it’s electrical and it causes a starting problem. To all those people who are not looking at this site, SUCKERS. Will report outcome to you tomorrow when a replacement part will be fitted, I am actually hopeful. I e-mailed the general manager and Ford technical last night and also now have Stuart Kerrs e-mail phone number and am now waiting on his home address so if I need to take the matter to the top, I can. I don’t want anyone saying they were not aware of my problem. Courtesy car, of course not. Sorry, need to add technical data, the problem is 1U396 Engine Junction Box Relays. I will give results when fitted - Tim Baron from Kent

Well, I am about to get a courtesy car from Fords as the part did not arrive. But I do believe they are doing their best, I am going away for Christmas on Tuesday so I am still a little worried. But, as Ford did not deliberately sabotage my car, now they are going to supply me with a Mondeo to use and the service manager has kept me informed. I have no complaint as long as the RE CALL is the fault. Will let you know the final outcome before tuesday I hope. But it seems Ford customer care is much improved - Tim Baron from Kent

The story continues. A part never arrived so Ford have kindly supplied me with a very nice courtesy car. A beautiful, sleek, reliable; it’s a Vauxhall Insignia. Ha ha! You could not make this stuff up. But I have transport so I am happy, I would like the Ford that I bought back at some stage though. Or have I made the wrong choice? Should I buy a Vauxhall next time if they’re good enough for Ford? No wonder they never gave me a courtesy car if I was Ford I would have cut my hand off rather than hand a customer a competitor’s car, so they are looking after me - Tim Baron from Kent

You will be pleased to know the Insignia is going like a dream. The all important Relay for my car has not been delivered yet and we drive to Derbyshire for our Christmas holidays tomorrow. I should have put this on facebook and got a following. I have sent an e-mail to Stuart Kerr CEO of Fords, wonder what he thinks of my courtesy car - Tim Baron from Kent

Amazing, Stuart Kerr replied to me the next morning and my car was fixed and delivered to me that afternoon. Went for my two week holiday to Derbyshire and the S-Max is a dream of a car. You need to test drive the 1.6 tdci to know it is not underpowered as reported, my previous car was a Zafira VXR so I would have noticed the difference more than most. I have not heard from Dagenham Motors or Fords. Not an apology or regret which is sad because the S-Max is truly a fantastic all round family car but be careful who you buy one from. The car sells itself so all they have to do is look after the customer which seems a step too far - Tim Baron from Kent

Just keeping you up to date. This car is GREAT!!! - Tim Baron from Kent

Your reviews and writing style much appreciated. Persistence pays off seems to be the message. That, and that the S-Max is a good car. I’m reluctant to be too positive on my 57 plate 2.0tdci titanium since it will tempt fate but after 73k miles it’s had the bonnet release catch problem (DIY fix), seat belt alarm intermittency issue (insert and remove belt nine times within 60 seconds fix), front tyre eating problem (buy Unisport) and now the aircon (dont dare take it to the dealer, hoping it’s just a relay). 5 star rating for me - Andrew Shepherd from Kent

Submitted: 2010-06-14 | ID: 40511

Sean O Keeffe, Ireland

Ford S-Max 2008

5 star review

Zero faults, a great car. I will be buying another one soon and I would highly recommend one.

Submitted: 2010-06-08 | ID: 40522

Robert Ashford, Warwickshire

Ford S-Max 2008

4 star review

Hi, I have got a 2008 smax, which I also tow with. I went to my local Ford dealer and asked them if they would have a look at the clutch as it was soft on the pedal. They told me that the clutch was halfway gone, as it has just come up to 12k. They also told me that the clutch pedal is ok despite me telling them it was soft.

Submitted: 2009-12-07 | ID: 40523

Aileen, County Fermanagh

Ford S-Max 2008

2 star review

I bought my S Max 2LTDCi Zetec last July and it is already giving me trouble!! Firstly the boot has a mind of its own and won’t open anytime I need it to open as I have 5 children and I need to get access to the prams in the boot. Secondly the build quality is shockingly awful. My children could take it apart no problem and the quality of the interior is terrible considering I paid £18,500 for it. Lastly the dealers are very poor as I have been to two different dealers and one of them didn’t actually fix the boot and then the second dealer did but promised me another S Max as a courtesy car because I have 5 children but of course they gave me a new FORD KA instead!! What was I supossed to do but walk. Would not recomend this if you are planning on keeping it for a couple of years.

Responses to this review

My SMax has done exactly same thing in terms of the boot lid. They are cheaply and awfully built using cheap low rent plastics - from Buckinghamshire

The exact thing happened to me as well. I buy a new car every year and a half, before the S-max I had a Citroen C4 Picasso and it was great, no trouble at all. But 7 months ago I purchased the S-max and it has to be the worst decision I ever made. The boot simply will not open at all and the parking sensors are jammed on and I cannot turn them of. Ford told me i have to wait 3 weeks until they can fix it!! - from Dorset

I had similar problem with boot not opening. I bought a new switch from Ford for £25, not had a problem since. A bit of a pain to fit and you need to use torx sockets. Good luck - Lawrence Dutton from Cheshire

Thanks Lawrence!!, But there’s no way I’m paying money for something under warranty, Ford fixed something for me but its constanly playing up, Also the parking sensors will not stop bleeping which is driving me nuts and the button isnt working, im going to get rid of it because anytime soon God knows what will happen next. I have my eye on a new Peugeot 5008 HDi, it’s a lovely car unlike my SMAX - from County Fermanagh

Hello mate ref:- parking sensor. I had the same problem on my Mondeo - the lead from sensor to sounder box is like a scart lead with a number of pins and are very easily bent. Tell your dealer it’s a common problem from factory fit, it just needs unpluging then pluging back in. If your dealer would of phoned Customer Services they would of told your dealer this. If you want good customer service try Tunisa mate - Keith Swift from England

Submitted: 2009-11-10 | ID: 40524

Phil Suddaby, Yorkshire

Ford S-Max 2007

5 star review

Just had my s-max for two and a half years and am going to swap for it a 2 litre titanium version after much anguish over what to replace a fabulous car with. I have had Fords in the past and they never quite lived upto expectations. The S-Max always has. Yes, I have had quite a few niggly faults including two alarms sounders and two heated front winscreens, but my local dealer has been brilliant. Ultimately when you get in a car you want to be sure it will start and get you where you want to go. This people carrier does it with aplomb and if the mood takes it eats up the twist roads like no other people carrier and never fails to put a smile on my face. Yes, the build quility isn’t quite up to Toyota standard, but then toyotas don’t drive like a Ford. If the build issues could be sorted this would be a six star car. I have no hesitation in recommending this car to family drivers just make sure you use a good Ford dealer like the one in my area.

Responses to this review

Thought it a good idea to update this post: I have had my new 2 litre Titanium S-Max now for two months. The build quality is much better than my first one. Touch wood, nothing has gone wrong so far! A softer ride and better fuel economy from a larger engine!! There are plenty of gripes on various forums but you see loads about and mine is fab. I’d still recommend the s-max as the best people carrier I have driven, - and I have driven a few over the years!- Phil Suddaby from Yorkshire

Submitted: 2009-08-27 | ID: 40530

Mark Mansell, Worcestershire

Ford S-Max 2006

2 star review

Now at the end of the lease, 45K on the clock and time to keep or get rid... and the verdict is... get rid. I read somewhere that this has been one of Britain’s most unreliable cars, and I must say I share this experience. Blew a fuse with a cheap mobile phone charger, went to replace them... and none were fitted as spares where they should be. A handle came off a seat tilt lever, the air con defrosted into the footwell so I was paddling whilst driving, 1/3 of the quick clear elements in the window fail to work on a frosty day, but the worse of all was when I had to call out the AA when the clutch failed. Evidently the dual mass flywheel fell apart, with 40K miles on the clock. And I AM the guy who spends all his time on motorways. Cost me over £200 in clutch parts (you see clutch parts are not covered under the warranty) and yes, before you ask it was serviced religiously. So in summary, the concept of the S-MAX is great, but yet again it has been let down by poor build quality. This is my second Ford from new, the last, a Mondeo was a crock of you know what as well, with a hydraulic valve failing on the power steering and an engine core plug dropping out ! It’s about time Ford employed some Japanese expertise on reliability... and then it would be a 6 star car.

Submitted: 2009-03-25 | ID: 40552

Mark Mansell, Worcestershire

Ford S-Max 2006

4 star review

They say you should never be the first to get a new model car..........they use the first year to sort out all the problems. I wish I had listened, sometimes, but overall this has been a great experience for me. The marketing was aimed square at me, 42 and 3 young kids starting world war three across the back seats of my older model Honda Accord. Time for more than 5 seats, so I could put one seat between them. Ford wanted to build a MPV that appeals to a driver, and in this respect it should have 6 stars. I tested the Toyota Avensis verso, 7 seats , 2 small ones and a CRACKING new diesel Engine, but the road noise from the tyres was horrendous. The Mazda 7 was too small and under powered. Second choice for me would have been the Honda FRV with its funky 3 across in the front, but tiny rear boot. I test drove the 1.8TDci (thought this was great ! and bought the 2.0 Tdci titanium. This car drives REALLY well for a 7 seater. The torque available is huge, a rolling start coming up to traffic lights and it will equal a 2.0 Petrol no problem. The suspension is great, you can throw it around a roundabout and have some real fun. OK, it is not a sports car, but it is good for a 7 seater. My kids LOVE the back seats, they are full sized and the car has good all round visability. THe Titanium spec has cruise, an in dash 6 CD player, front and back park sensors, auto wipers, twin climate control. I added the panoramic glass sunroof as MPVs can be very dark places. It is actually two large glass roofs, each with a blind, and they make an enormous difference on a lovely sunny day. Well worth it. 90% of the time I use this to motorway burn solo and get 40 mpg at 70 to a bit more than 70.;-) Why not 5 stars ? Well the build quality let it down initailly. One seat handle came off in my 6 year olds hand, it leaked water into the footwell when the A/c defrosted, there were no spare fuses where there should be some after I blew the cigarette lighter. It has all been fixed now and it hasbeen fault free 9 months. So Good things.....the drive, style, equipment, cost of ownership, size ( it is a BIG car),seat flexability, sunroofs Bad things.....teething problems in the beginning, you have to unload the boot to lower the back two seats, wife says passenger seat is hard. Get one.

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We have a Ford S-Max 2006 petrol 2ltr model, now for the fourth year - I use it to ferry my family around. The car is great for space, and handles well, it is a dream idea of a car!.... Having said this,--- the plastics inside the car have not held up very well, the buttons are fading, and the plastic cover on inside the door - where the window is, has come unstuck! I also am very disappointed with it as it was a dream car purchase. - The engine size is 2iltr. but the power is too low in relation to the weight - pulling out of a junction the car has stalled, several times, low revs,- feels sluggish to react - I have to slide the clutch to be sure of movement! Going up hills it is not pulling enough really, and the worst thing of all, the power steering has had a problem, they say failure of hydrophilic pump!!! driving my three little kids to school one morning and the steering in effect has locked on a turn - this almost would have been fatal!!! I am very disappointed. - always had a Ford, - but have to say that this is scary! I looked it up and have seen much has been said also from others with the steering problems. - Other than this the design of the car is very nice - pitty- Will not recommend it again! - Irene Coccolios from Surrey

We have a Ford S-Max 2006 petrol 2ltr model, now for the fourth year - I use it to ferry my family around. The car is great for space, and handles well, it is a dream idea of a car!.... Having said this,--- the plastics inside the car have not held up very well, the buttons are fading, and the plastic cover on inside the door - where the window is, has come unstuck! I also am very disappointed with it as it was a dream car purchase. - The engine size is 2iltr. but the power is too low in relation to the weight - pulling out of a junction the car has stalled, several times, low revs,- feels sluggish to react - I have to slide the clutch to be sure of movement! Going up hills it is not pulling enough really, and the worst thing of all, the power steering has had a problem, they say failure of hydrophilic pump!!! driving my three little kids to school one morning and the steering in effect has locked on a turn - this almost would have been fatal!!! I am very disappointed. - always had a Ford, - but have to say that this is scary! I looked it up and have seen much has been said also from others with the steering problems. - Other than this the design of the car is very nice - pitty- Will not recommend it again! - Irene Coccolios from Surrey

Submitted: 2007-11-16 | ID: 40550

Keith Williams, Yorkshire

Ford S-Max 2007

5 star review

This is a great all rounder. We looked at a number of MPV’s before settling on this one and chose it because we felt overall the quality was better. It handles brilliantly, and my wife, who was initially worried about driving something larger than her old, beloved Fiat Panda (very old) loves driving it. The kids like it too; my six year old think it looks ‘posh’, can’t argue with that!

Submitted: 2007-09-05 | ID: 40551

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Ford S-MAX 2010 road test report

The only people carrier to mix decent flexibility with genuine sporting flair, the Ford S-Max now comes with a revised range of fine turbodiesel engines. There’s also a new turbo petrol that uses a superb dual-clutch gearbox to underline the S-Max’s sporting appeal. It’s not as generous a seven-seat [...]

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Ford S-MAX Titanium 2.2 TDCi road test report

Ford reinvented the MPV when it introduced the S-max back in 2006. Not only was it the first people carrier to feature Ford’s Kinetic styling, but it also boats an extremely clever interior with what’s arguably the best use of space on the market. Add a communicative chassis and a frugal diesel engi [...]

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Volkswagen Transporter

3 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 236 reviews )

Ford Fiesta

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 189 reviews )

Toyota Yaris

3 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 185 reviews )

Ford Transit

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 182 reviews )

Vauxhall Astra

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 165 reviews )

Ford Focus

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 164 reviews )

Peugeot 207

2.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 159 reviews )

Vauxhall Corsa

3 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 159 reviews )