Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Ford S-MAX Multi-Purpose Vehicle of the Year 2012

Ford launched the S-Max in 2006; it is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) that sits under the newly launched Ford Galaxy and above the Ford C-Max. The S-Max is meant to be sporty like a saloon/hatchback and spacious like an MPV. It has taken many design inspirations from the Galaxy and C-Max.

The S-Max was the first Ford model to feature Ford’s new Kinetic Design, under the new design scheme the S-Max has angular headlights, twin trapezoidal grilles, and large wheel arches. One of the important and distinguishing design elements of the S-Max is its “Fold Flat System” which allows the second and third-row seats to fold seamlessly into the floor, leaving extra storage space.

The new Ford S-Max comes with either a Duratorq or Duratec engine – petrol and diesel. The engine choice is quite vast, the smallest petrol option is a 1.6 litre Ecoboost that has 115 PS, the largest petrol is a 2.0 litre with 145 PS. The smallest diesel in the range is also a 1.6 litre, it comes with 115 PS. The largest diesel unit is a 2.2 litre TDCI and comes with 175 PS.

Euro NCAP awarded the S-Max with 5 stars for its safety features. As standard it comes with Intelligent Protection System (IPS), three-point seat belts, optimised pre-tensioners, load limiters, anti-submarining seat subframes, a collapsible steering system and safety pedals.

Overall the S-Max has been received well by the automotive world, after its launch in 2006 it was named European Car of the Year 2007. Five years after it first went on sale it won the BusinessCar Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) of the Year award. 

BusinessCar editor Paul Barker said: "Ford's S-MAX has proved that family transport doesn't have to be bland to look at nor boring to drive, and the readers of BusinessCar obviously agree. The recent changes to the S-MAX further enhanced its appeal in the corporate marketplace, and this BusinessCar MPV of the Year Award reflects the high esteem in which the car is held."

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