Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Ford S-Max?

Yes. The S-Max offers a practical cabin that’s packed with kit, comfort and a quality feel. It's also very good to drive at the same time - it doesn’t feel like a minibus like some MPVs have a tendency to do.

It’s not the cheapest to buy, especially if you want a higher-spec model, but the broad range of trims means buyers are spoilt for choice. And because it’s a Ford, it’s possible you’d be able to haggle a great deal out of your local dealer.

The lower powered diesel has more than enough shove for most situations, and mid-spec Titanium cars have all the creature comforts you could want. Well, except for a reversing camera, which is available as an option.

Company car drivers will find  diesel models are also the ones to go for to obtain the lowest BIK costs.

Despite its good driving experience, the S-Max is still no sports car. If you want a fast S-Max, used is the way to go. The now-defunct high-performance petrol is technically the fastest, but the (also defunct) bi-turbo diesel’s extra chunk of torque makes it much more satisfying on the motorway, but also at the petrol station.