Ford S-Max has succeeded in establishing itself as one of the most dynamic minivans ever built. Except here the premium manufacturers such as BMW or Mercedes where they became interested, and the new 2 Series Active Tourer MPV is an example of outstanding claims in this area of the MPV with parents athletes.
The first generation S-Max cars remain in the gallery who dared to be different. Ford put on this model including a 2.5-liter turbocharged 220 hp unit from the Focus ST. But all versions TDCi diesel engines have constitute the bulk of sales. Let us not forget that Ford has a greater range movolum and called Galaxy. It is dedicated to the transport of persons in a comfortable and so. S-Max has basically the same platform, but has a less exalted profile and a fancier look.
The recipe has been preserved and the second generation of the S-Max. Powerful engines, suspension borrowed from the Mondeo, the real dynamic qualities seven seats. Ford MPV has great confidence in his star, so we called in Spain for a trial. I chose, of course, the most powerful version of the engine.
Engine / Transmission
Ford could not give up a powerful S-Max and the second generation model followed the original recipe, but changed to be in tune with the times. Instead turbo 2.5-liter Ford Ecoboost 2.0 now uses a turbo engine with direct injection. Power output is 240 horsepower at 5,400 rev / min and maximum torque is 345 Nm between 2,300 and 4,900 rev / min. The engine has enough resources to move the 1.7 tonnes with an enviable ease. True, allowances are no longer as explosive as the previous generation, the power being supplied something straight. That torque figure is lower than that of diesel engine makes the look less sinewy. 240 hp engine can only be associated with a gearbox six-speed automatic that can be controlled manually with dampers and the steering wheel.
Allowances are excellent and the engine is silent most of the time, making their presence felt only when solicited.
The petrol engine of 2.0 liters and 240 hp is silent and strong, but when we come to power pump things are not so rosy. The 240 bhp need fuel, and consumption environment 2.0 Ecoboost Turbo official model is the 7.9-liter, while in urban areas speak of 10.3 liters / 100 km. It is the largest consumer of any MPV segment. Even BMW 2 Series 220i Gran Tourer 192 hp consumes on average 6.2 liters / 100 km.
In reality, things are more “fun”. If you approach a sporty driving style, the onboard computer will indicate consumption of 13.5 liters / 100 km. Ford S-Max turbo engine with 240 hp will remain a model that sought familiştii even want a gasoline engine or consumption is not a problem. Because an S-Max equipped with 2.0-liter TDCI engine and 180 HP can offer similar performance, but consumes more decent.
Ford S-Max 2.0 Ecoboost Turbo can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.4 seconds, top speed of this model is 226 km / h. How practical this model has no direct competition in the MPV volume size, we can compare perfoamanţele Turbo S-Max MPV with those of the area or premium gasoline with “normal”.
Thus, the powerful BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer 192 hp has a very rapid acceleration of 6.7 seconds. And a van with petrol engine and 150 hp 1.4 TSI Seat Alhambra can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.5 seconds over.
Although Ford has always had the intention of thanking in particular the driving with the S-Max, the manufacturer did not forget who is the ultimate goal of this automobile. It is a “people carrier” as the English call it, is a dedicated machine family. It can carry five or seven people, each traveling on their individual seat. The rear seats can be folded, fold or remove from the car, if we want to create as much space for luggage. If you choose to use the S-Max five-seat configuration, the luggage compartment is 700 liters, more than enough volume for the needs of a family with two children, for example.
In terms of space devoted to the driver, it was a major upgrade over the previous generation. It has a high-tech feeling, buttons being minimalist and tidy and stylish design. The dashboard is half digital rev counter occupying half an indicator to make room for a color display. The center console screen divided into four areas have the Sync system 2 as well as top Sony audio system that provides impressive acoustics. The famous hand-operated parking brake the S-Max strange disappeared, leaving room for a brake with electric drive. Chapter oddities remain extremely small button for operating the hazard warning lights, and that Ford still prefer classical doors for access to the passenger compartment, although the sliding door system used on models such as the B-Max and Grand C-Max.
Ford S-Max has not yet priced for the market in Romania, which will be published closer to the national release date, which will occur somewhere in the second half of July. We expect, however, that Ford S-MAX to cost somewhere around the amount of 30,000 euros for a well-equipped variant. We know that S-Max 2.0 TDCI a 150 horsepower equipment will cost under 27,000 euros Trend, while an S-Max with the same engine, but top Titanium devices will be priced at under 30,000 euros. The all-wheel drive will be an option for 1,500 euros.
The only manufacturers who still offer minivans of this caliber are Volkswagen, Seat, Opel and Dacia. There is, however, no competitor offering a 240 hp engine.
Ford has not sent the S-Max in crash tests organized by Euro NCAP in 2006 when it launched the first generation of this model. The tests then I get S-Max maximum five-star overall score.
Regarding the new generation, Ford expects to achieve the same maximum score when again will go through crash tests. The new model is equipped with the latest in safety systems, including Pre-Collision Alert that will automatically brake in case of an imminent accident. We and blind spot warning systems, traffic sign recognition, accidental departure warning and lane detection warning for inattentive driving style.
Ford kept the recipe that made the first generation of the S-Max a successful car. The powerful engine was associated with a suspension measure, adjusted for the driving can lead a sporty, if desired.
This does not mean that it is hard as a rock and that other passengers will be well vibrate at any unevenness. It is a relatively firm suspension, but which absorbs bumps well. Despite the considerable size of the machine, roll is well controlled, although in extreme situations they appear. We wanted the engine can be more explosive, but we know that a customer will choose rationally however diesel 180 hp if he wants a S-Max that is both practical and sporty.
It’s all good when you install the wheel of the new Ford S-Max. The position is high, and huge windscreen, allowing excellent visibility on the road and traffic partners. Front pillars are well proproţionaţi and mirrors take care of the rest.
To double safety, Ford implenentat and a series of systems that provide enhanced visibility handling. There is a room located in the front grille to allow viewing intersections or exits of parking masking traffic and warning system of parking out back.
Because the S-Max is an important model as well as the Ford Mondeo, was not compromising when it comes to technology. Ford has equipped the dynamic monocab with everything he had better even went into areas that have not explored before.
First, the new Ford S-Max will be available with four-wheel drive, a first for Ford in this segment. We had the opportunity to test this version, but we hope to do when the model will arrive in Romania. Then Ford introduced an adaptive steering assist system, another first for the American manufacturer. Ford us Demonstator system that uses an integrated motor drive and I could even feel differences steering ratio according to speed. Even if it is a first for Ford system there for years in the premium. Another first is the heated steering wheel, offered for the first time in the S-Max.
Then, Ford has equipped van with all systems in the arsenal of active and passive safety. I said above the front camera and warning systems out of the park. Pre-Collision Alert System There, the impending collision with another vehicle, we have adaptive LED headlamps with auto high beam, parking assistant perpediculară and out of the parking assist. Basically, the system acts directly at the driver operating the pedals and gearbox only. We have Blind Spot Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keeping Alert, Lane Keeping Aid. Altogether, Ford S-Max is one of the most technologically advanced models produced by Ford, a real laboratory on wheels.
If the silhouette and general line of the S-Max has been preserved, the new generation of Chapter personality lose something because “Aston Martin grille” that is already present on all models of Ford.
The fact that all models use the same front end mark them somehow anonymous, but S-Max has enough elements to be easily recognized. It is more elegant than the previous, but highly inclined windscreen and roof plunged give that touch of static dynamism that no longer exist in other model in this segment of machines dedicated to the family. Ford S-Max remains a car that you know you can rely on when the family increases and have to give up your favorite hot hatch.