Family cars may have a reputation for being boring for those behind the wheel, but Ford’s original S-Max didn’t forget to cater for the driver with its impressive roadholding, sleek styling and well designed dashboard. Despite its prowess around bends, the S-Max retained high comfort levels for big and small passengers in the rear two rows of seats.
Ford has just taken the wraps off its second generation S-Max, which looks set to build on its predecessor’s success with sharper lines than before, a more upmarket cabin and even stronger driver appeal. Debuting at next month’s Paris motor show the new S-Max is set to go on sale in the UK next summer with prices from £25,000 likely.
All S-Maxes will have seven seats as standard while several new engines are available. Three 2.0-litre diesel models will be on offer with 118bhp, 148bhp and 178bhp on tap, along with a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol model and an automatic-only 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 237bhp. The two more powerful diesels will also be available with dual-clutch automatic gearboxes along with the option of four-wheel-drive on the two most powerful diesels, which should make the car much more capable on slippery winter roads.
Ford has pared down the interior button count with a new eight-inch touchscreen that uses the company’s new intelligent media system, which can handle a number of voice commands. An electric handbrake button has also been introduced in place of a traditional handbrake lever to free up additional storage space.
Helping to improve comfort for rear passengers, the middle three seats fold individually and can slide backwards and forwards and recline, while the two rearmost seats fold out from the boot floor. There is also the option of rear seat air conditioning.