New 2.0-litre unit is available in four states of tune; smoother, eight-speed automatic gearbox also joins both line-ups
Tom Morgan, Online Reviews Editor
13 September 2018

The Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy have received a range of new engines and additional safety technologies for 2018.

Both MPVs can now be configured with Ford’s 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel engine, which is available in 118bhp, 148bhp or 187bhp turbocharged forms, or as a range-topping twin-turbocharged unit with 237bhp. This can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Ford says these new engines are quieter and more fuel efficient than the outgoing Duratorq versions, and that the eight-speed auto delivers smoother shifts than the six-speed Powershift system used previously.

The cars also gain an improved blindspot monitoring system that can detect oncoming vehicles from further away and windscreen washers that have been relocated to the wiper arms for more effective cleaning, while those with the automatic gearbox also get adaptive cruise control with a stop/start function. UK-spec cars have also had the electronic parking brake relocated to the driver’s side of the centre console.

The Vignale version of the S-Max and models equipped with the 237bhp twin-turbo engine get active noise cancellation to reduce how much engine noise is audible inside. ST-Line S-Max models gain red brake callipers, and both the S-Max and Galaxy can now be ordered in Chrome Blue and Diffuse Silver colours.

The new diesel models are available to order now, with the S-Max priced from £26,470 and the Galaxy from £31,295.

Both cars are also set to gain a 163bhp 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine before the end of the year.

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13 September 2018

118bhp sounds fun in heavy, fully loaded 7 seater when trying to join a fast motorway.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 September 2018

It may still have plenty of torque though. A lot of these detuned engines seem to keep decent torque despite the loss of horsepower. That all said, the 148bhp would probably be the pick.

13 September 2018

So true, but like all LOW powered diesels that limited torque is in a narrow band and the gearbox will have to be worked, especially in a loaded 7 seater.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 September 2018
But who on earth would buy a people carrier with just 118hp? And more pertinently, why?

13 September 2018

Is the new auto box a Torque Converter or dual clutch? I prefer the latter but manufacturers have pushed dual clutch for lower emissions. Ford had a lot of problems with the dual clutch boxes in Fiestas and Focuses and these now have TC boxes. PSA also use TC boxes but the Germans mostly persist with dual clutch boxes.

13 September 2018
Jeremy wrote:

Is the new auto box a Torque Converter or dual clutch? I prefer the latter but manufacturers have pushed dual clutch for lower emissions. Ford had a lot of problems with the dual clutch boxes in Fiestas and Focuses and these now have TC boxes. PSA also use TC boxes but the Germans mostly persist with dual clutch boxes.

Ford has problems with the dry clutch getrag dct250 but the wet clutch dct450 was a lot better and the newer version the 7 speed is now being used in Mini, Renault and new Mercedes A Class. The 8 speed might be a step back as it’s slower to change and respond by all accounts - GM use the same new gearbox but with 9 speeds 

13 September 2018

At last, great new DIESEL engines.

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