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Ford S-MAX (I) rental: Excellent

Ford S-MAX (I) rental: Excellent

23.06.2016
The first generation of the S-MAX was recognized the European Car of the Year 2007. What are the distinguishing traits of the minivan? Let's take a ride to figure it out.

The first generation of the S-MAX was recognized the European Car of the Year 2007. What are the distinguishing traits of the minivan? Let's take a ride to figure it out.

Car appearance

The Ford S-MAX can be called even aggressive and impetuous. The front end with large headlights and bumper with prominent details has a solid look while the sidewalls emphasize the bulging wheel arches. Fog lights are highly positioned-close to false radiator grid. Viewed strictly fr om behind the S-MAX is more like a crossover - the same square form and massive look. Overall, the car looks nice and is of no boring design at all.

The Interior.

It feels quite cozy inside, and one can hardly complain about the lack of free space. S-MAX interior has embodied some interesting solutions. The first is the massive easy-to-use aircraft-like parking brake lever. And the second is about the dashboard. The vehicle in a rich configuration, houses the onboard computer with a highly informative color screen instead of the monochrome one. Frankly, such monitor can seriously distract you from the road dazzling at night even in dimmed mode. Compartments for miscellaneous storage are not that many, but those available are very large and can accommodate a large number of things.

Driver's seat pleases with a great profile and good lateral support. It is comfortable in a long-distance ride supporting the body at active driving; a large number of wide range adjustments allow accommodating behind the wheel even a corpulent driver. The back row is arranged in three separate adjustable seats (by inclination angle and in the longitudinal direction). The trunk (normal volume is 285 liters) with the back seats folded up forms a flat floor to yield impressive 2100 liters of volume.

Technical characteristics

Ford S-MAX is equipped with:

  • 2.4 liter atmospheric engine.Engine power - 161 HP
  • Automatic six-speed gearbox.

This power plant is a kind of golden mean in the row of engines designed for the model. Surely, can not hit the outstanding dynamic qualities, but a car with the 2.3 liters engine can not be named sluggish anyway – a good thrust is already available at 2000 rev / min, the medium speed (3000-4500) is wh ere the engine runs most efficiently. The automatic transmission works smoothly, but is not too agile in switching.

Reaction of the heavy and informative steering wheel leaves much to be desired. When entering a turn you should calculate the possible trajectory and carefully monitor the speed - if exceeded - strong banks and a lack of turnability can be scaring, especially for an inexperienced driver. As for the rest, the S-MAX is quite obedient and predictable.

Log-drive suspension is fine at large bumps; the energy absorption is sufficient even at full load - vibrations due to pavement are irrelevant, no failures been noticed. The soundproofing can be marked as “good”. It isn’t "excellent" because of the humming tires and loudly roaring engine.

Car rental results

The first generation Ford S-MAX is a quite balanced car. Not bad on the road, pleasing with equipment and spacious comfortable interior. An excellent choice for large families and long distance travelers.

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