Skip advert
Advertisement

Ford S-MAX MPV (2006-2014) - Practicality & boot space

The S-MAX is ideal for a growing family, including versatile seats that can fit three children in a row and a place for everyone’s stuff, however big or small

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Practicality & boot space Rating

4.2 out of 5

The Ford S-MAX is as practical as it is good to drive, with three full-size seats in the middle, a decent boot even with the third row of seats in place and lots of places to store general claptrap. Everything is easy to use, too.

Ford S-MAX interior space and storage

There’s plenty of room for the front five occupants, and each of the second-row seats can recline and individually slide to free up extra legroom or boot space as required. They’re also big enough to accommodate three bulky child seats in a row, and there are ISOFIX points for each one. If your child seat has a support leg, make sure you buy Ford’s polystyrene filler to reinforce the underfloor compartment.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The third row of seats is rather cramped and low-slung, so only kids are likely to be comfortable there; bear in mind there are no airbags back here, though.

Easy-to-pull toggles make it quick and easy to fold any of the rear seats flush with the floor, and the S-MAX is packed with storage for a family’s clutter, including a large glovebox, big door pockets and numerous cup-holders.

Ford S-MAX boot space

Whether the third row of seats is up or down, the S-MAX trumps its rivals for boot space; in particular, the boot is a full 20cm longer than the Peugeot 5008’s when that third row is folded. While this reduces to 50cm long when it’s in use, that still beats most other seven-seaters, plus the third row’s high back can support a tall tower of luggage. Alternatively, a slimline pushchair or larger buggy on its side will fit in easily.

A flat load bay right up to the hatch, a huge boot opening and seats that fold completely flat make it easy to load even awkward items into the back of the S-MAX. Ford supplies a tyre repair kit in case of a puncture, as there’s no room for a regular full-size spare wheel.

Ford S-MAX towing

The 2.0-litre diesel engines can capably and legally tow a braked trailer weighing up to 100% of the car’s kerb weight of 1,690kg, although the recommendation is to tow no more than 85% of your vehicle’s kerb weight, which in this case works out at 1,435kg.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

New MINI John Cooper Works first look! Petrol and electric hot hatch coming this year
MINI John Cooper Works camo front quarter
News
20 May 2024

New MINI John Cooper Works first look! Petrol and electric hot hatch coming this year

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
24 May 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Speed awareness course: what to expect and who’s eligible?
Police car - open boot
Tips and advice
17 May 2024

Speed awareness course: what to expect and who’s eligible?

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024