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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 29 - 54 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Residual values are near the top of the people carrier class, with diesel performing particularly strongly. Servicing costs are typically low for Ford products and fuel economy is pretty good especially on the diesel models.

The S-MAX performs quite well on the eco front. With an average of 182g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are quite low for a people carrier. The range is also fairly economical, averaging 40mpg. 2010 saw the introduction of a new 2.0 TDCi with three different power outputs but all produce 152g/km of CO2. The 143bhp 2.0-litre petrol emits 194g/km of CO2, while the new 2.0 SCTi EcoBoost turbo engine that only comes with the Powershift dual-clutch gearbox creates 189g/km of CO2.

Modern Fords undergo some of the most stringent quality control tests of any cars on sale so you can expect the S-MAX to be well built and reliable. Like the Focus there can be the odd niggling fault but these are very few and far between.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £585
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Insurance group 14 - 27
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