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Ford S-Max in the test: Ford van for sporty heads of families

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Ford S-Max in the test
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D he merits of the Ford S-Max are undisputed. When it was launched in 2006, the Ford S-Max launched a campaign against full-surface cubing in the van class. Has given the virtuous image a bit of glamor with its astonishingly dynamic design including stylized air outlets in the front fenders. And has introduced dynamic driving behavior into the family class.

Ford S-Max benefits from the facelift

Now the Ford S-Max is to be revised to a higher quality level. This was particularly successful in the area around the S-Max cockpit. Matt aluminum, chrome and piano lacquer appear and take the viewer in at first glance. Especially in the better Titanium version (from 30,400 euros) the message is: There is a lot of gloss for the money here - significantly more than usual in the van class.

S-Max is a true family transporter

And the Ford S-Max offers just as much standard equipment in the test: automatic air conditioning, cruise control, on-board computer, rain sensor, multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats with electrically height-adjustable driver's seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. In addition, small spotlights illuminate the area around the tailgate, which makes unloading easier at night. As before, the inner values ​​correspond to what is popular in the family and transporter class: a trunk that can swallow up to two cubic meters of luggage depending on the number of passengers, and a high degree of variability thanks to the three individually foldable and lengthways Slidable rear seats with adjustable backrests. If you want to carry a lot of children in the future, you can order the standard five-seat S-Max as a seven-seater (835 euros).

Ford Van offers a variable interior

If you want to maximize the load space of the S-Max, you just have to pull a ratchet lever on the side of the seat twice, or in the case of the middle seat a loop. Then the places fold up servile. And the low loading sill is easy on the back, just like the wide opening tailgate protects the head from injuries. It releases a large hatch through which even bulky goods can slip, but can only be closed again with great effort - especially delicate women will find this difficult.

In addition to the standard lashing eyes, Ford offers a pleasing one for the S-Maxcomplete range of optional additional solutions for the transport of bicycles (inside 185 euros or outside 289 euros) as well as a luggage net (30 euros) or a pull-out loading floor (420 euros) as well as a trailer hitch (650 euros). A roof rack can then be retrofitted through the dealer (including box 729 euros) or a cool box (159 euros).

The Traveler Package for 150 euros is recommended as an extension of the numerous storage compartments. It includes storage space under the two front seats as well as fold-out trays on their backrests.

Many extras in the S-Max

So Ford has not changed anything in the core competence of the S-Max. Although it shares the platform with the somewhat sturdier Galaxy and relies on its McPherson front axle and the multi-link rear axle, the Ford S-Max feels much more agile in the test and lays a snappy sole on the driving dynamics parquet. Fortunately, Ford has not exaggerated the sporty approach and designed the shock absorbers to be suitable for long distances.

The set-up is so balanced that you can save the extra charge for the chassis that can be adjusted at the push of a button (1,525 euros). The superfluous extras also include the so-called power start function at the push of a button instead of turning the key (200 euros) and the electric parking brake (205 euros); it is unnecessary and caused trouble with the previous model during a 100,000 kilometer test by auto motor und sport .

Ford S-Max with good clarity

The so-called Blind Spot Information System (495 euros) is worth considering; it reliably indicates with an orange warning light in the side mirror when a car is in the blind spot. In addition, most customers should opt for the beeping parking aid (505 euros) - despite the neat clarity. You can look sideways to the rear through large glass surfaces, to the front the A-pillar tries to make itself as slim as possible. Parking also simplifies the smooth, hydraulically assisted steering; on the other hand, it offers high precision when driving fast.

Turbo engine of the S-Max does not fulfill the promises

After all, the Ford S-Max has a reputation to defend as a sports van. In addition, the test car has the most powerful gasoline engine under the hood. Anyone who has ever driven the earlier 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo increases with a certain thrust expectation from the top engine in the Eco-Boost. In addition, the word boost, i.e. boost pressure, reveals that a turbo supports the four-cylinder, and the output of 203 hp arouses a certain anticipation of propulsion.

In fact, the direct injection engine of the Ford S-Max pulls out powerfully in the test in the middle speed range, before its propulsion will weaken again after the maximum torque of 300 Nm at 4,500 rpm.Despite variable valve adjustment, it neither turns up greedily, nor does it boost the two-liter particularly emphatically from the starting hole - this is measurable: When sprinting from zero to 100 km /h, the S-Max misses the factory specification of 8.5 seconds by five tenths.

Ford S-Max 2.0 Eco-Boost with dual clutch transmission

The standard dual clutch transmission is part of the Ford S-Max top engine; it was developed in a joint venture with Getrag. The soft engagement reinforces the impression of a turbo lag, but then it changes the six gears quickly and smoothly, reminiscent of an almost perfectly working converter machine and can also be operated that way.

There are no steering wheel paddles, which is also not necessary in the van. Ford does not exhaust the subject of sportiness to the last - good in terms of homogeneity. So it is all the worse that the new economy engine is not one and during the test it can at best be moved in crawl gear with the promised ECE consumption of around eight liters per 100 kilometers, but on average it needs almost twelve. Ford has already taught the vans to be dynamic, but not yet to be economical.

Ford S-Max reveals weaknesses in quality

First impression of the new Ford S-Max: especially the cockpit Trumps with high-quality materials and is neatly processed. But a look into the trunk reveals weaknesses - as with the predecessor: the side paneling has noticeable play, the plastic scratches easily, and whoever opens the compartment in the loading floor can see the unsightly underside of the carelessly cut carpet. As with the predecessor, this puts the otherwise good quality impression into perspective.

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