2015 Ford S-Max Review

With seven seats, lots of space and interesting modern look, 2015 Ford S-MAX is an excellent choice for MVP customers.

Exterior

The 2015 Ford S-Max has kept pretty much the same dimensions as the previous generation, this model is actually all-new. However, it can be noticed from afar that the styling has been quite changed. The exterior of the S-Max looks amazing in bare metal.

The lower roofline provides the livelier appearance of the new S-Max. So do the more pronounced wheel arches. The All-LED headlights have the same effect, but are only offered on high-end trims.

The bonnet is better defined, which has been achieved by moving the A-pillars backward. The rear end is adorned with the stylish tail lamps.

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2015 Ford S-Max Interior

Interior-wise, the S-Max has been given the same look as the Galaxy. The touchscreen and large volume knob are the same, the center console is placed at a shallower angle for a sportier feel. Overall, though, the cabin has a high-quality air.

The cargo space is smaller than the Galaxy’s. It has the volume of 285, 965 or 2,020 liters available in seven, five and two-seat modes, which is due to reduction in exterior dimensions. The middle-row chairs slide independently, whereas all five seats fold flat. The seats use a smart folding system to allow access to the third row; they go up and move forward. The driving position seems pretty low. The airy feeling is achieved through extra length brought by the long upper part of the dashboard. The seats wrapped in top leather offer just the right level of stiffness for a long trip.

The S-Max borrows the Mondeo sedan’s dashboard. The vehicle is equipped with Sync2 system, but fortunately, Ford has already presented Sync3, which seems like a startling improvement.

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Engine Specs and performance

Under the hood of the 2015 Ford S-Max is an advanced all-new 2.0 TDCi diesel delivering 177 bhp. The engine is a front-wheel drive and is mated to a manual gearbox with an optional variable-weight steering.

If the variable steering is left in Normal mode, it delivers a decent sense of feedback as you turn into corners, so the driver is always aware when the front tires are approaching their limits of grip.

Those who tested it claim that ride comfort is excellent. According to Ford, default Normal mode is representative of the suspension.

Road noise is reduced to a background hum and the engine’s soundtrack is easily ignored unless the acceleration is hard.

The vehicle is capable of developing acceleration of 0-60 mph in 9.7 seconds and the top speed of 131 mph. Fuel economy is 56.2 mpg and CO2 emissions aren’t particularly low – 129 g/km.

Price and release date

The 2015 Ford S-Max has already been released and the official starting price has been announced: £29,945 (46,000 US Dollars).

Competition:

Competitors will include new models of the 2017 Chrysler Town & Country, Vauxhall Opel Zafira and 2016 Toyota Verso.

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