Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBoost SCTi Titanium X Sport test
Ford S-MAX: desirable Titanium X Sport trim
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Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBoost SCTi Titanium X Sport test
Ford S-MAX: desirable Titanium X Sport trim

Ford S-MAX 2.0 EcoBoost SCTi Powershift 240PS Titanium X Sport auto

What is it?

TOP-RANGE version of Ford’s sporty S-MAX, with new EcoBoost engine in 240PS trim (there is a 203PS model at Titanium grade) and smooth-shifting six-speed auto. Priced at £28,895.

What’s hot?

  • An MPV you don’t have to justify. Or make apologies for
  • Sporty good looks, especially this Titanium X Sport trim
  • Great interior flexibility: five-seater with boot…
  • …or occasional seven-seater with smaller load area
  • Middle row of seats move backwards and forwards…
  • …and passengers sit higher for brilliant view (kids will love it)
  • There’s also a panoramic roof to provide light and airy interior
  • Good quality fit and interior
  • Touch screen sat-nav is good (worth the £1250 option price)…
  • …which also includes colour reversing camera
  • Standard parking sensors are useful feature for tight spaces
  • Innovative umbrella handbrake saves space
  • EcoBoost engine is serenely quiet on M-Ways
  • And there’s plenty of mid-range boost
  • Excellent Quickclear heated windscreen means instant defrosting
  • Misfuelling eradicated thanks to standard Ford Easy Fuel

What’s not?

  • EcoBoost engine can feel flat-footed off boost
  • And like all Ford engines gets vocal at the top end
  • Front wheels can squirm and tug under acceleration
  • Firmer Sport suspension not to all tastes
  • Falls the wrong side of the 160g/km write-down tax break
  • Expect about 28mpg in all-round driving conditions

What you need to Know

P11D Value:£28,415
Monthly Rental*:£430 (CH)/£505 (PCH)
Tax Band when posted:26%, 27%, 28%
Monthly BiK:Click link for BIK
Engine:2.0-cyl turbo petrol
CO2 Emissions:189g/km
Power/torque:240PS/340Nm
Economy:34.9mpg

*Monthly contract hire (CH) and personal contract hire (PCH) rentals generated by Concept Vehicle Leasing. Based on a 36 month lease at 10,000 miles a year, 3+35 payments.

 

Business Car Manager Road Test Rating

The Ford S-MAX is an excellent execution of an occasional seven-seater. Its key attractions are those looks: sporty styling disguises practical nature of this car. The TDCi diesel is the more obvious option for most business users and company car drivers – rather than this high emission model (but worth looking out for it as an ex-demo car from Ford dealers). Either way, the S-MAX is a top choice for user-choosers who want stylish looks, a good to drive car, and real practicality thrown in for good measure.

Further information

If you would like to read about a small business user who we helped choose a Ford S-SMAX, then read our business owner profile on Debbie Cassius, image consultant.

For further comment on the Ford S-MAX Titanium X Sport, read the Editor’s Blog From TT to S-MAX.

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Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist and editor of Business Motoring, as well as Editorial DIrector of Business Car Manager Ltd. Ralph writes extensively about the car and van leasing industry as well as wider fleet and company car issues. A former editor of What Car?, Ralph is a vastly experienced writer and editor and has been writing about the automotive sector for over 35 years.

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