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Ford S-MAX ESTATE 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr

Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
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Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr
Ford S-MAX 1.5 EcoBoost 165 Zetec 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG38.20
  • 0-62mph9.9 secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C02169 g/km
  • BHP165
  • Torque179 lbs/f
  • P11D34%


People-carrying MPVs do tend towards being a bit boring. They're ostensibly big boxes on wheels and notions of style or handling dynamics don't tend to come very far up the priority list for their manufacturers. Unless that manufacturer is Ford and that vehicle is an S-MAX. Ford's seven-seater offers impressive handling and some amazingly clever safety features, plus surprising efficiency from its frugal pair of EcoBlue diesel engines. The package of detail improvements we look at here has added to its appeal. As a result, it doesn't look like being deposed from its position as our segment favourite anytime soon.

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Ford's improved second generation S-MAX continues to demonstrate that larger MPVs don't have to be boring. Jonathan Crouch explains why.


When the first MK1 model S-MAX arrived in dealers back in 2006, we wondered what the heck it was. Didn't Ford already sell us a seven-seater called a Galaxy? Yet here was something that rode on the Galaxy chassis but was a bit more Miss Brahms and a bit less Mrs Slocombe. It looked great and Ford had made a number of subtle tweaks under the skin so that it drove as sharply as it was styled. It was an instant hit. Anyway, that first S-MAX lasted more than eight years on the market before it was replaced by this second generation model in 2015, a car since usefully updated. It's that improved version we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

The fact that Ford has its marginally more practical Galaxy model for those only concerned with practical 7-seat A to B family transport leaves this S-MAX free to provide something pretty unique in the segment for bigger MPVs: namely, a good looking car dynamically capable enough to reward the enthusiastic driver. Other big 7-seaters feel vaguely pointless if you're alone in them on the move: this one just shrinks around you and encourages you to take the back road home. The range now hinges around a much improved family of EcoBlue 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, offered in 150 and 190PS outputs. Improved low-end torque is a particular characteristic of these latest-generation powerplants. The range also now benefits from a more refined, smoother-sifting 8-speed auto gearbox which alters its shift pattern to suit your driving style. It also enables the fitment of Adaptive Cruise Control and includes an engine Stop & Go system. The brand's intelligent all-wheel drive (I-AWD) set-up continues to be offered at the top of the range. The system continually measures how the car's wheels are gripping the road surface every 16 milliseconds; can adjust power delivery to individual wheels in 100 milliseconds; and can send 100 per cent of available engine torque to the rear wheels. Ford's clever integral link rear suspension helps enhance the signature car-like, sporty driving dynamics with a configuration that features reduced-weight aluminium components. Additional sound-deadening materials and improved door seals contribute to a particularly quiet cabin.

Design and Build

Changes to this revised version of the second generation model are subtle and relate mostly to front grille embellishments which are trim-dependent. There's extra chrome for 'Zetec' and Titanium' models, a sporty honeycomb finish for 'ST-Line' versions and 'flying V' signature styling for the top 'Vignale. Otherwise, it's as you were, which means that this is still the sporty-looking large MPV you can buy. There are no complaints about the cabin, Ford having done a great job of bringing an upmarket feel to the fascia, with high quality materials used throughout and a cleanly-styled centre stack. New medically-approved AGR-certified 18-way adjustable front seats are available. The steering wheel's a bit busy with buttons but you'll get the hang of it. The seats retain the usual 2-3-2 layout, with no fewer than 32 seating and load-space combinations, as well as Easy-Fold second and third row seats. The system enables each rear seat to be folded flat from a push-button control panel. The S-MAX also features Easy-Entry second row seats that provide one touch access to third row seating with a new design that tips and slides the seat forward in one action. Storage also includes new covered stowage in the instrument panel top, a media storage area incorporated into the centre stack, and concealed under-floor stowage behind the third row. There's not a lot of luggage space, with the third row raised, but drop the rearmost seats and you have a really wide, conveniently-shaped 700-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £27,500 for base 'Zetec' trim. Above 'Zetec', there are three further trim levels; 'Titanium', 'ST-Line' and plush 'Vignale'. Even base 'Zetec'-spec gets you plenty of kit though, including 17-inch alloys, the SYNC3 infotainment system, parking sensors, keyless start, a DAB radio, sports seats, power fold mirrors, a tonneau cover, an electric handbrake and ISOFIX attachments for child seats in the second row. Go for 'Titanium' spec - as 70% of S MAX customers do - and you get sat nav, privacy glass, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, a lane keeping aid, keyless entry, traffic sign recognition, body-coloured trim bits and cruise control with adjustable speed limiter. Near the top of the range, the 'ST-Line' variants come with a body kit, 18-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, sports suspension and heated front seats. Beyond that, you can choose the ultimate S-MAX, the 'Vignale' variant, with bespoke leather trim and a unique customer service package. All S-MAX models can now feature the 'FordPass Connect' media system. In addition to enabling WiFi hotspot capability, this technology allows for a range of convenient features via the FordPass mobile app, including a Vehicle Locator; a 'Vehicle Status' feature that checks fuel levels, alarm status, oil life and more; and a remote Door Lock/Unlock system. Local Hazard Information functionality - enabled by the FordPass Connect on-board modem - can inform drivers of a hazardous situation on the road ahead, even if the incident is not visible due to a bend in the road or other vehicles.

Cost of Ownership

The diesel engines all return excellent economy. In the 2.0 TDCi 150PS variant with 17-inch wheels, you'll see 54.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 130g/km of NEDC-rated carbon dioxide. Or 50.4mpg and 138g/km with the auto gearbox. For the 190PS auto diesel model, the figures are 47.9 and 134g/km. Or 47.1mpg and 151g/km with AWD. The warranty is a 3 year/60,000 mile deal with Ford Assistance for 1 year, providing roadside assistance in the UK and throughout Europe. In addition, buyers should get healthier residual values that they might expect from a Ford. Low-ish depreciation has long been a Galaxy staple, used buyers recognising its safety, durability and low ongoing running costs.


You'll have to make your own mind up on the aesthetics, but in every other regard, the latest S-MAX continues to be a compelling choice in the large MPV segment. Some may wonder whether this car really offers £4,000 of added utility over cheaper mid-sized 7-seat MPVs like Renault's Grand Scenic or Citroen's C4 Space Tourer. If you enjoy driving, you're going to want to convince yourself that it does. The engine choice seems to offer something for everyone, the technology is now bang up to date and safety standards are very class-competitive. In short, we still think that the S-MAX still deserves the big billing. Try one and you'll see why.

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Driver Convenience
'Ford Power' starter button
Front and rear parking sensors
Bluetooth hands free phone with voice control system
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
Ford SYNC 3 with 8" colour touch screen
SYNC Emergency Assistance
Ford DAB audio system
8 speakers
Remote audio controls on steering wheel
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Automatic illuminating hazard lights in sudden deceleration
Body colour door handles
Body colour electric/folding/heated door mirrors with puddle lights
Body coloured bumpers
Electric front and rear windows + one touch + global open/closing
Front fog lights
Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
Halogen daytime running lights
Heated windscreen + heated windscreen washer jets
LED rear lights
Tailgate wash/wipe
Tinted glass
Interior Features
12V accessory sockets - front and rear
3 individual fold flat 2nd row seats
3rd row fold flat, slide & recline seats
Driver's manual adjustable lumbar support
Driver's seat manual height adjust
Dual air conditioning with automatic temperature electronic control
Front carpet mats
Front overhead courtesy lights with theatre style dimming and delay
Front passenger seat manual height adjustment with lumbar support
Front under seat storage
Height adjustable head restraints
Illuminated entry system
ISOFIX attachments for child seats in 2nd row
Leather gear knob
Leather trimmed steering wheel
Manhattan cloth upholstery
Overhead console with sunglasses holder
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear stowage boxes
Satin black centre console with cupholders
Second row reading lights
Sports front seats
Tie down hooks in luggage area
Tonneau cover
3 point seatbelts on all seats
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Electric handbrake
Electronic parking brake
Front and rear (row 2) curtain airbags
Front side airbags
Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
MyKey system
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Rear child proof door locks
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Locking wheel nuts
Remote control central/double locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm system with perimetric + volumetric protection
17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 169
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 79
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 76.4
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 38.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 46.3
EC Urban (mpg) 29.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 34.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 34.9
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 165
Coin Description EcoBoost 165
Coin Series Zetec
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 79
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 125000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.9
Engine Power - BHP 165
Engine Power - KW 121
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 179
Engine Torque - MKG 24.7
Engine Torque - NM 242
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 235/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 235/55 R17
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1655
Length 4796
Wheelbase 2849
Width 1916
Width (including mirrors) 2137
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 70
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 2020
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 700
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
No. of Seats 7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.6


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £352.42 p/m £16.94 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £362.19 p/m £16.94 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £371.97 p/m £16.94 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £415.07 p/m £44.37 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £451.70 p/m £61.29 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £296.40 p/m £15.46 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £305.08 p/m £21.44 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £313.75 p/m £27.42 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £352.03 p/m £46.20 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £382.56 p/m £75.19 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £262.67 p/m £21.95 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £270.47 p/m £26.12 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £278.27 p/m £30.28 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £311.07 p/m £57.37 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £335.42 p/m £84.08 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £422.90 p/m £20.33 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £434.63 p/m £20.33 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £446.36 p/m £20.33 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £498.08 p/m £53.24 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £542.04 p/m £73.55 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £355.68 p/m £18.55 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £366.09 p/m £25.73 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £376.50 p/m £32.90 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £422.43 p/m £55.44 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £459.07 p/m £90.23 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £315.20 p/m £26.34 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £324.57 p/m £31.35 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £333.93 p/m £36.34 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £373.28 p/m £68.84 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £402.51 p/m £100.89 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
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Annual Mileage
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active park assist with parallel and perpendicular parking park out assist £150.00
BLIS (Blind spot information system) £500.00
Cruise control with active speed limiter £400.00
Ford DAB audio with navigation system £350.00
Hands free power tailgate with keyless entry and start £800.00
Lane keeping aid with auto headlights and rain sensing front wipers £525.00
Exterior Features
Design paint £750.00
Detachable towbar £750.00
Metallic paint £600.00
Mica paint £600.00
Panorama roof with integrated sunblind £800.00
Rear privacy glass £250.00
Silver coloured roof rails £200.00
Special Metallic paint £850.00
Special paint £750.00
Special solid paint £250.00
Interior Features
Rear sunblinds (2nd row seats) £125.00
Family pack - S-Max £200.00
Design paint - Guard £750.00
Metallic - Chrome blue £600.00
Metallic - Diffused silver £600.00
Metallic - Moondust silver £600.00
Mica - Shadow black £600.00
Solid - Blazer blue FOC
Special metallic - Ruby red £850.00
Special paint - Magnetic £750.00
Special solid - Frozen white £250.00
Active city stop with auto headlights and rain sensing front wipers £450.00
Self levelling suspension £375.00
Manhattan cloth - Ebony FOC
* option prices shown are estimated