Ford S-MAX (2006–2015)

Model History

January 2006

Ford S-MAX unveiled

Comes with Ford FoldFlatSystem (FFS); flexibility without the removal of any seats. Interior provides 26 designed stowage compartments. Latest driver assistance and occupant protection technology, including driver's knee airbag, 220PS 2.5-litre turbo performance unit (as Volvo V50 T5 and Focus ST) tops range of engines.

2.5-litre Duratec five-cylinder turbo engine offers 220PS and peak torque of 320Nm from 1,500 to 4,800rpm. New Ford Durashift six-speed manual transmission.

2.0-litre Duratec HE petrol engine 16-valve, four-cylinder engine offering 145PS and peak torque of 190Nm. Matched with Ford's proven MTX-75 Durashift five-speed manual transmission.

Duratorq TDCi 1.8-litre diesel engine offers 125PS and a steady state peak torque of 320Nm (340Nm under transient overboost). Durashift six-speed manual.

Duratorq TDCi 2.0-litre diesel engine with 140PS and a peak torque of 320Nm (340Nm under transient overboost). Comes with Ford's Durashift six-speed manual transmission as standard.

May 2007

Automatic available

It appears the box has its own oil cooler (as against one embedded in the radiator). Also a temperature sensing system that drops down the ratios if necessary. On-the-road prices for the automatic start from £19,995.

May 2007 specification improvements include: ESP fitted as standard across the range; Upgraded Human Machine Interface system, which now consists of three different levels of cluster displays. The new full colour Ford Convers+ HMI system which features a full colour six-inch screen will be fitted as standard to the S-MAX Titanium model. Also New Sport Pack for S-MAX Zetec and Titanium models includes 18in wheels (17in for the Zetec), sports suspension and partial leather trimmed seats. A body styling kit is also available for Titanium priced at £2,000

April 2008

2.2 diesel 6-speed manual launched. Power 175PS. Torque 400Nm with 420Nm overboost.

May 2008

S-MAX available with 175PS TDCi engine

Provides a sustained 400Nm of torque at 1750rpm for effortless overtaking ability combined with exceptional economy. Also a 10PS power boost, from 130PS to 140PS, for 2.0-litre diesel S-MAX and Galaxy with automatic gearbox.

Another new 2.0-litre Ford MPV variant is the S-MAX and Galaxy flexifuel (FFV) - capable of running on any mix of bioethanol and petrol in the same fuel tank. Wireless Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity standard across range.

S-MAX Titanium adds Solar Reflect Windscreen, ambient lighting and chrome door handles as standard, while the Titanium X pack now includes bi-xenon lights. Entry-level S-MAX and Galaxy now called Edge instead of LX. S-MAX and Galaxy colour range now includes Chill, Morello (aubergine), Blazer Blue and Hypnotic Silver joining existing shades.

December 2009

Facelifted S-MAX revealed

Ford's new S-MAX came with an all-new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost SCTi engine. The 2.0-litre manifold in head EcoBoost SCTi engine has a maximum output of 203PS at 5500 rpm, combined with maximum torque of 300Nm, which is delivered across a broad 1750-4,500 rpm range. With this new powertrain, the S-MAX achieves 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 137mph.

Compared with the previous 161PS 2.3-litre automatic powertrain, CO2 is reduced by 19 per cent to 189g/km, even though the new 2.0-litre SCTi engine has over 25 per cent more power. This translates into a combined fuel economy of just 34.8mpg and an extra urban figure of 44.1 mpg.

The upgraded 2.0-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine family complies with Stage V emission regulations and is also available in three power levels – 115, 140 and 163PS – for the first time. Fuel consumption is 49.5mpg with an average CO2 emission of 152g/km, with six-speed manual transmissions.

From December 2019 the Ford S-Max was also available with the 6-speed 6DCT450 dual wet clutch Getrag Poweshift transmission. The 2.0SCTI was only available with the 6DCT450 Powershift. No manuals.

May 2011

1.6 160PS EcoBoost petrol engine and 1.6 TDCI 115 with 290Nm torque both became available in S-MAX.

September 2015

Report of 2010/60 reg Ford S-Max 2.0TDCI reaching 204,000 miles with no problems at all and no oil used between services.

May 2016

Ford S-Max and Galaxy diesel Haynes manual now available. Covers all Ford S-MAX & Galaxy MPV Diesels. Turbo-diesel: 1.6 litre (1560cc), 1.8 litre (1753cc), 2.0 litre (1997cc) and 2.2 litre (2179cc). Price £22.99 direct from Haynes

What does a Ford S-MAX (2006 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £30,821
Buy new from £23,611
Contract hire from £288.05 per month