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2009 (58) Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi LX 5dr

Penrith Ford
Only £6988

This vehicle may have been advertised at the higher price for less than 28 days, but for a minimum of 10 days.

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Airbag fault warning lightDigital clock
Electric hydraulic PASElectric tailgate release
Handbrake on warning lightLights on warning
Multi function trip computerOil pressure warning light
Remote fuel flap release 


Steering wheel audio controls 

Exterior Features

Black mesh radiator grilleBody colour bodyside mouldings
Body colour bumpersBody colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front windows + driver one touch + global closeFront fog lights
Front variable intermittent wipers with electric washHeadlamps with delay
Headlight levelling controlHeated rear window
Tailgate wiper with electric wash 

Interior Features

2 bag hooks in luggage compartmentAccessory socket
Air recirculation systemAnti submarining/fully reclining front seats
Centre console with armrest/storage box + cupholderChrome finish to interior door handles
Cigar lighterCourtesy light in luggage compartment
Driver/pass sunvisor/covered courtesy mirrorsFront grab handles
Front overhead courtesy lights with theatre style dimming and delayFront seat back map pockets
Height adjustable driver's seatHeight adjustable head restraints
Isofix child seat attachmentOverhead console with sunglasses holder
Pollen filterReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear cupholdersRear grab handles with coathooks
Rear seat easy entryRear seat storage trays
Tria cloth upholstery 


ABS/EBDChild proof door locks
Collapsible steering columnDoor open warning light
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDrivers knee airbag
ESP+EBAFront and rear door side impact beams
Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensionersFront side airbags
Side curtain airbagsThree 3 point rear seatbelts


Immobiliser-Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS)Remote control central/double locking
Second remote keyThatcham category 1 alarm system with perimetric + volumetric protection
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO0.045CO2 (g/km)169
HC+NOx0.29Noise Level dB(A)71
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1997Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)44.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)52.3EC Urban (mpg)34.9


Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power140
Coin DescriptionTDCiCoin SeriesLX
Insurance Group 111Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0718E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.5
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.2Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)9.7
Engine Power - BHP140Engine Power - KW103
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Power - RPM4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT251Engine Torque - MKG35
Engine Torque - NM340Engine Torque - RPM2000
Top Speed122 


Tyre Size Front215/60 R16Tyre Size Rear215/60 R16
Wheel Type16" STEEL 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1610Height (including roof rails)1658
Width1884Width (including mirrors)2154

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)70Gross Vehicle Weight2505
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)2000Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)285
Max. Loading Weight762Max. Towing Weight - Braked2505
Minimum Kerbweight1743No. of Seats7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Ford S-MAX



It seems that there are some smart guys in the Ford product planning department. They tapped into the fact that there is a whole swathe of thirtysomething parents who don't actually want to look as if they've totally given up to the call of pipe and slippers. Just because you need a vehicle big enough to haul the family and its paraphernalia around doesn't necessarily mean you need something totally boring. The S-MAX is a people carrier with a welcome bit of attitude and one that's surprisingly good to drive. It's been a huge hit and used examples are now starting to appear in meaningful numbers.


In developing the S-MAX and MK3 Galaxy twins, Ford decided that it needed a greater element of control over the build of its large MPVs than it enjoyed with the previous generation Galaxy. This was built alongside Volkswagen and SEAT products in the Autoeuropa factory in Palmela, Portugal and the mix of Volkswagen and Ford parts was never a happy one, the old Galaxy being plagued by reliability issues that gradually got ironed out as it was developed. With the S-MAX, Ford took control, moving production to the Genk plant in Belgium. An instant success, the S-MAX narrowly pipped the Opel Corsa and Citroen C4 Picasso to the 2007 European Car of the Year title. It arrived in UK dealers in summer 2006 and registered some serious success. In May 2007, Ford added the 130bhp TDCi 2.0-litre diesel engine to Durashift automatic models in the S-MAX line up. ESP stability control was also fitted across the range, the Titanium model received an improved driver control system and there was also an optional Sport pack for Zetec and Titanium models. In mid-2008, flexifuel and 2.2-litre TDCi models were added to the range along with equipment upgrades.

What You Get

Let's get to the heart of any MPV style vehicle - the seats. Ford's designers appear to have become fed up with Vauxhall taking all the plaudits for clever seating solutions and have come up with a system of their own. FFS (Ford FoldFlatSystem before you attribute a baser meaning to that acronym) allows 32 different seating permutations. The second and third rows of seats all fold flat to form a genuinely huge load floor that measures 2.0 by 1.15 metres which is about as big as a double bed. In addition to the Ford FoldFlatSystem, a number of lashing points are located across the floor and on the cabin sides, helping to prevent your belongings from destroying themselves if you do fail to resist the Ford's sporty character. The perennial complaint of seven-seat vehicles, namely that there's no room for luggage when all seven seats are occupied, is partly addressed by the S-MAX which offers 285 litres of space with all seats in place. This is up 18 per cent over the old MK2 Galaxy. The real answer to this question however, is staring buyers right in the face. Buy a decently sized roofbox for those rare occasions that you are going to be loaded to the gunwales by seven people and their tat. If you do wish to run the S-MAX in removal van mode, it'll heave around up to 2,000 litres of goods with all the rear seat folded flat. There are also no fewer than 26 different cubbies located around the cabin so you'll need to know where you left that key/credit card/wedding ring or it could be a lengthy search. In total, there's a full 90 litres of oddment stowage in total. The fascia design of the S-MAX reflects the exterior lines in its calm maturity. The riot of bisecting lines, angles and arcs that used to typify Ford dashboards was replaced by a quietly-styled dashboard with classy materials and no outrageous gimmicks or cheap attempts at creating showroom impact. Some of the silver plastic finishes may be prone to scratching over the longer term but overall the cabin is a step removed from the 'mainstream' norm. The double windscreen pillar can make three quarter visibility a bit touch and go at roundabouts but aside from that, Ford have really committed to safety with this model. An ultra-rigid passenger cell is a good start point, but there's also a recently-developed Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control (IVDC) system that controls all of the other safety systems in a cohesive manner. When those include Continuously Controlled Damping (CDDC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert (FA) and Collision Mitigation By Braking, that's quite some integration task. Factor in the anti lock braking system, Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and you have a wide array of available safety functions that have netted the S-MAX a coveted five-star EuroNCAP safety score.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

The S-MAX has a clean record so far as serious problems are concerned so you can buy with relative confidence. Although S-MAX interiors are well constructed, check for the usual damage wrought by children and negotiate hard. The silver-coated plastics can scratch easily and the 18-inch alloy wheels of the Sport pack are very prone to kerbing damage. Mechanically, the S-MAX is tough but clutches can take a beating in lower-powered versions, especially if you can spot evidence of a tow bar being fitted. Front tyre wear is also an issue with the diesel engines and the weighty 2.5-litre petrol unit.

Replacement Parts

(Estimated prices, based on a 2.0LX (inc VAT) A clutch assembly is around £130, an exhaust system around £800 (incl. catalytic converter) and an exchange alternator around £320. Front brake pads are around £50, front shock absorbers are about £45 and rears just under £35.

On the Road

We're unapologetically going to concentrate on the diesel engines here, as they make up the vast majority of all S-MAX sales. There are two S-MAX diesel engines on offer. The first is a 1.8-litre Duratorq TDCi unit and you'd be excused for imagining that 1.8-litres just isn't enough to shift a vehicle of not inconsequential bulk. Excused but wrong. The 125bhp engine may not sound a whole lot to get excited about but it also features a healthy 320Nm of torque under normal driving conditions and as much as 340Nm under what Ford dubs 'transient overboost.' This means that when the car's electronics detect that you've really given the throttle pedal a proper prodding (such as when overtaking), it'll change the engine mapping to allow a little extra torque temporarily. This means that you'll have less downchanging through the manual gearbox to undertake, but keen drivers may want to throw in a downshift anyway to show off their throttle-blipping dexterity. The S-MAX is one of the few MPVs that positively encourages these sort of antics. Also available is a 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi powerplant that headlines with 140bhp but, curiously, exactly the same torque figures as the smaller capacity unit. The similar torque response from both engines means that there's not actually a whole lot in it when it comes to their comparative performance figures, the 1.8-litre unit making 60mph in 11.1s whereas the 2.0-litre shaves this time down to 9.9s. The 2.0-litre's extra power can really be felt at the upper end of the rev range. Where the 1.8 gets a little breathy, the 2.0-litre is still generating some meaningful pull. Fuel economy of both powerplants is excellent given the size of vehicle they're tasked with punting up the road. Ford quotes a combined figure of 45.8mpg for the 1.8-litre model and 44.4 for the 2.0-litre. The only slight Achilles heel of these engines is refinement. While they could never be accused of being raucous, it's unlikely you'll forget which pump you need to be using when the time comes to refill. If you are a real lead foot, the 2.5-litre turbo model is huge fun to punt. It's a vehicle that's defined by that magnificent, if rather old school five-cylinder Volvo-sourced engine. Strong in low down torque but with a real swipe of top end power, it will accelerate the S-MAX to 60mph in just 7.6 seconds and won't let up until aerodynamics intervene at 142mph. You'll need to be extremely saintly to match Ford's quoted combined fuel economy figure of 28mpg, while the 224g/km of CO2 isn't going to have Al Gore dusting down his soap box.


The S-MAX is one of those rare cars that leaped straight out of the gate to become a sector leader. It's as smart a buy on the used market as it is from new and as long as you think diesel, there's very little cause for complaint.


Penrith Ford

Unit 2 Haweswater Road, Penrith Industrial Estate, Penrith, CA11 9EU

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