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The Ford S-Max a highly accomplished car but it needs to be cheaper
Before buying one of the first S Max 2.5 in 2006, I had relied on a 7 seat Galaxy to fit the kids in after they had outgrown the rear-gunner seat of a Volvo V70 T5. The S Max is even better than the V70, especially going round corners and more than 2 years later, it is still real fun to get in for a drive.
Bad points are that with half an U17 football team, the 6 large teenage lads have to make the smaller ones squeeze into the very back - fine for short journeys, but unfair to make anyone more than 5 foot tall suffer for too long back there. Second bad point is the fuel consumption - possibly linked to driving style, but do not expect more than 15 mpg around town and 30 mpg is a good result for cross-country.
The other point to note is that after 30000 miles, nothing has gone wrong. Not even a blown bulb. Tyres and brake pads have been the only costs other than normal services.
Brilliant car all round. Best bit is the look of surprise from BMW and Audi drivers when you out pace them - even with half a football team in the back. Only the cheeky twin exhaust gives a hint that it is not a normal MPV.
What ford now need to do is make a powerful 250 hp diesel and stick one of those in the front to compensate for the fuel economy.
I am going to buy ford s-max 2.5 Titanium (2007 edition) and i would like to know what is the fuel consumption in the ultra urban area!