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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The S-MAX gained a top five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test, which puts it up with the best cars in the class. Standard equipment includes seven airbags (although the rear row occupants are not protected by the side window airbags as they are in the Galaxy), plus the pedals and steering wheel are designed to cause as little damage to the driver as possible in an accident.

A passenger airbag deactivation switch (for use when carrying a child seat) is optional as are Isofix anchors for child seats - two features usually offered as standard by other car makers. In 2010 Ford added curtain airbags to protect the rear-most passengers, three Isofix points for the middle row of seats and an optional Blind Spot Indicator to alert the driver to passing cars not visible in the door mirrors.

Opt for the S-MAX over the Galaxy and you will lose out a little in practicality as it doesn't have as much room and there are fewer storage areas. It still has 26 cubbies dotted around however, so you'll never be short of places to store odds and ends - the under seat draws and floor compartments are particularly useful. The seats are clever too - they fold flat onto the floor giving you a huge load area and it's a simple and straightforward process.

An optional load carrying system can be specified to help secure up to four bikes while extras such as coolboxes are also available.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford S-MAX (06-14).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Telephone

Edge equipment

Edge standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels
Edge optional equipment
None available

LX equipment

LX standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels
LX optional equipment
None available

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Titanium optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Telephone

Titanium Individual equipment

Titanium Individual standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Titanium Individual optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Telephone

Titanium X Sport equipment

Titanium X Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Titanium X Sport optional equipment
None available

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Zetec optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Telephone

Euro NCAP Rating

The Ford S-MAX (06-14) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.