Ford S Max 2.0(A) EcoBoost Review
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Story and Photos by Joe Yeo
22 May 2011

The dynamic Ford S-Max gets a refresh and a more tax friendly engine.

Introduction, styling

Among America's big three car makers - Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, it is the Blue Oval that has bounced back the quickest after the economic crisis and the US government's bailout of the domestic car industry a couple of years back. Ford's recovery is especially impressive thanks to its impressive product line-up in the US as well as very strong earnings from its European division.

With impressive products like the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, Kuga, S-Max and so on, it's no wonder that Ford of Europe has been instrumental in helping the brand to bounce back to profitability in such a short span of time. While the Fiesta supermini has been one of Europe's best selling cars in the past couple of years, the S-Max has been hugely popular for MPV buyers across the Continent thanks to its sleek looks and saloon like driving experience.

Over here, the S-Max's popularity has been somewhat hampered by factors like its tax-unfriendly 2.3-litre engine. With the S-Max's recent facelift though, Ford hopes to improve its MPV's chances against the likes of the Honda Odyssey in the MPV sector by introducing a new variant with a new 2-litre turbocharged engine and double clutch gearbox drivetrain combination to supplement the 2.3 model.

Outwardly, the S-Max is yet another Blue Oval that embodies Ford's current styling language that is also featured on the Galaxy. Mondeo, Fiesta and the upcoming new generation Focus. Dubbed ‘Kinetic' design, the look has the right mix of aggression, dynamism and elegance.

At 4772mm long, the S-Max is more compact than the 4820mm Galaxy. The former, at 1620mm in height is also significantly lower than the Galaxy's 1736mm. The S-Max's more compact exterior dimensions give it a more dynamic and purposeful stance than the slightly cumbersome looking Galaxy.

The updated model features a redesigned frontal section with a new, more sculpted bonnet, a bolder trapezoidal grille and LED daytime running lights on the new front bumper and a new radiator grille. From the sides, the new model is distinguished by a new chrome strip that surrounds the whole glass area and new 17-inch alloy wheels while the rear has been redesigned with features like a reprofiled tailgate with LED tail lights and a new chrome strip embossed with the S-Max logo that runs between the lights as well as a slightly different rear bumper. The changes on the new S-Max are immediately recognizable when compared to the outgoing car and they certainly give the Ford MPV an even more contemporary and modern feel and look than previously.


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Engine Capacity 1999cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 203bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 300Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 121.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 221 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Powershift 6-speed Dual Clutch Auto with manual override
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type MPV
(L x W x H)
(4772 x 2154 x 1660) mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Kerb Weight 1676 kg
Boot Capacity 285 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs