Ford S Max

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How much does the Ford S Max cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical Ford S Max to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Ford S Max 2.0L diesel costs £125.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band D.

It does not far off 57 MPG on average, which means it will cost £11.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty SEAT Alhambra 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 16, which is lower than the Peugeot 5008 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Volkswagen Sharan 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Peugeot 5008 has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol2.0L diesel2.0L petrol
mpg37.7 - 43.554.341.538.7 - 56.534 - 35.8
emissions149 - 170139159129 - 193180 - 194
tax£160.00 - £235.00£145.00£200.00£125.00 - £300.00£260.00 - £300.00
insuranceGroup 19 - 22Group 16 - 17Group 18 - 19Group 16 - 34Group 23 - 30

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Ford S Max: How big is the boot?

The Ford S Max has an above average boot space (599 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 4 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 5 large bags or 5 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 5008 SUV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 7 large bags with its 952 litres.

Is the Ford S Max easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4792m long it gives you reasonable 8mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Ford S Max has the best performance?

The fastest Ford S Max from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 360 lbs/ft torque and 240 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 7.9 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the SEAT Alhambra 2.0L diesel, which is slower by 1 seconds.

Engine options

model1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol2.0L diesel2.0L petrol
zeroTo629.9139.88.8 - 13.47.9 - 8.4
torque240 - 242290270310 - 500320 - 360
bhp160 - 165115160120 - 240203 - 240

What size caravan or trailer, can the Ford S Max tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Ford S Max 2.0L diesel which has 500 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.