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2018 Ford S-Max Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Ford S-Max

The Ford’s innovations are pretty lovable at times. And their excelling results are a positive response, some awards and plenty of acclaims. Well, Ford has innovated various sports cars. But here we are talking about a sporty MPV.

This is the Ford S-Max that showed up during the 2006 Geneva Motor Show for the first time. It is bigger than the C-Max but falls short to the Galaxy. Well, this car was mainly designed for the European market to fill up the difference between a bigger and smaller MPV. After a successful review, the vehicle was finally launched on the market.

That was the summer of 2006 when the S-Max was launched commercially. The market response was quite positive which lead the S-Max to numerous awards. Even it won the 2007 European Car of the Year Award. Well, these were all the success stories of the first generation S-Max.

By 2014 Ford displayed the second generation for S-Max at the Paris Motor Show. And in the very next year, the first generation was set for its end. After a few months of discontinuation, the second generation came out. And that is the ongoing generation.

The Ford S-Max is available for 4 models. Well, the Zetec is the base version which begins from $34,712. The Titanium comes next and it begins from $37,205. The Vignale and ST Line takes the top seat with almost every equipment.

The S-Max is indeed a fine car in almost every aspect. But it bears a pretty hefty price tag.

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1.5 – 2.0 L6 – speed manual

6 – speed Automatic

120 – 240 hp177 – 354 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
8.3s104 mphMPV22 city/ 28 highway


Hood of 2018 Ford S-Max

There is a variety of driving options available for the S-Max. And all of them offer a decent base for a joyous ride. Well, the two-wheel-drive is standard while the all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring is optionally available for some diesel variants. Further, the Ford PowerShift 6-speed automatic comes standard on the gasoline versions. While the diesel variants get the 6-speed manual as standard.

The base gasoline version comes with a 4-cylinder 1.5 L EcoBoost engine offering 160 hp of power at 177 lb-ft of torque. And the 2.0 L 4-cylinder is the finest gasoline option available. Well, the 2.0 L version offers 240 hp of power making 354 lb-ft of torque. While her track best is 104 mph. This is performance variant of the S-Max series, with its best 0-62 mph launching time within 8.3 seconds.

The TDCi diesel engines can surely cut down your refueling cost. And the available all-wheel-drive option makes the handling sweet and full of pleasure. Well, all the variants come with the 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine. While the tuning level is different in all.

The 120 hp powertrain sits at the bottom with 229 lb-ft of torque. And it gets the 6-speed manual transmission system. While the 150 hp version offers 258 lb-ft of torque and gets the options for the Ford PowerShift and all-wheel-drive. The same goes with the 180 hp version.

The finest diesel variant is available with 2.0 L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine making 210 hp of power at 332 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated with the Ford PowerShift transmission system. But no all-wheel-drive is available for this version.

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2018 Ford S-Max Exterior

The exterior styling is not much different than the rest of its family members. The C-Max and the Galaxy even offer the same frontal design, but only the measurements are different. Further, when you get to the rear you meet another Ford MPV with nothing different in style. Ahead of that, the cosmetics include LED beams with projector headlamps, alloy wheels, fender vents, a rear spoiler and plenty of color options. While the fog light, rails and the body colored side mirror are optionally available for the top trim level.

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Interior of 2018 Ford S-Max

The interior offers space for 7 including a driver. The seats are comfortable and are executive for a long drive. Certainly, you will not feel tired during the long journeys. Well, the available interior upgrade options include massage seats and heated windscreen. While some of the common inclusion options are the adjustable steering wheel and panoramic roof.

Overall the interior adds some more fun to the driving experience of the S-Max. Especially the comfort level gives you a lot of joy. And when it is about the family trips, the S-Max would not shut your legs bored.

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Features of 2018 Ford S-Max

The Ford S-Max gets the option for the Sync3 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The system features the music player, navigation, Apple CarPlay , nd Android Auto. Further, the S-Max gets the options for automatic climate control, hands-free liftgate, keyless entry, and the engine start-stop button. Ahead of that, the S-Max includes a colored driver’s cluster display with configurable options.

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2018 Ford S-Max Safety

The Ford S-Max gets enough equipment to protect the occupant. Well, besides the airbags and the seatbelts you get a handful of active safety and driving dynamic features. The available features include parking assistant, front and rear view camera, pre-collision assistant, lane keeping an assistant, adaptive headlights, hill start assist, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.

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Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen has strengthened its roots in every market. And likewise, it has various different car types. Well, in Europe you would surely find the Volkswagen Touran sitting beside the Ford S-Max. The Touran looks bigger than the S-Max. While it is of the similar size. Even the performance specs are quite similar between both the cars.

Well, the S-Max’s price tag is a major issue. Else, it is a fine car to drive with plenty of space and a nice driving experience.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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