Test Ford S-MAX Vignale, for families with style
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Test Ford S-MAX Vignale, for families with style

We test the Ford S-MAX Vignale, one of the minivans large of the mark of the oval. This model was born in 2006 as a different option to his brother the Ford Galaxy. The premises for the S-MAX is that keep the seven-seater but also that it was something more dynamic and smaller in dimensions than the Galaxy. The first generation had good reception and the second, that today we arrived in 2015, with quite a few significant changes.

in Addition, if we talk about Vignale Ford is synonymous with talk about style, luxury and quality. The first model to receive this last name was the Ford Mondeo, although in the past Hall Geneva were added to the list the Ford Edge, Mondeo five-door, this S-MAX and the Kuga in the form of a concept. In all models it is the finish top of the range, with a complete equipment and distinctive details.

The current trend has left the segment of minivans in a position something relegated. The SUV continue to grow in sales and are postulated as the favorite choice of those looking for space and performance in equal parts. However, after sharing a week with the S-MAX, we dare to say that they have nothing to do in terms of versatility. And even though the impression of the vehicle very agile or dynamic, you may we bring some surprise.

Aesthetic sports

The first thing that will catch the attention when you look at the Ford S-MAX will be its aesthetics, more sports than in other minivans. It has taken some forms characteristic of the rest of the Ford range, and therefore it is possible for us to remember the Mondeo, the Focus, or even to the Feast; depending on the angle from the that what look. The front inspires dynamism thanks to its sharp lines. Highlight the hexagonal grille with matt black finish and sleek headlamps with LED technology.

On the side of the Ford S-MAX, begin to notice the details of the finish Vignale. In the bulging wheel arches we find some exclusive wheels of 18 inches. Also there will be chrome accents on the frames of the windows and the lower part of the doors. Could not miss the distinctive ‘Vignale’ on top of the air intake on the front wheels. This is repeated in the behind, because what we found just below the blue oval.

In this area highlight the drivers rear that are triangular in shape and are divided by the gate when it opens. Below the tuition we will see a-line chrome that follows the pattern that we saw on the side. At the bottom we find the rear diffuser in black color, which integrates the two exhaust outlets and serves to give a sporty touch to the set.

Interior very versatile

Although if something stands out the S-MAX is in its interior space. This minivan segment D shares platform with the Ford Mondeo and has dimensions of 4.8 metres long, 2.1 meters wide (including mirrors) and ratio of 1.66 meters high. The distance between axles will be 2.85 m, giving rise to a interior very versatile. One of the most recommendable option for this model is opt for the seven-seater, something that will enhance the bill in 750 euros, but that will give us multiple solutions to the day-to-day.

In this way will be a distribution of two seats front, three seats in the second row and two seats in the third row. It should be noted that all the seats are individual and very spacious. The squares front to enjoy a space outstanding in all its dimensions, in them we will feel like in a cinema seating. The second row has surprised us for good, so will be able to travel three adults without problems. They are individual seats makes the central plaza to be just as profitable as the other two.

The third row will also be large if we look at the width, even if there will not be much space for the legs. The two seats are quite close to the second row and therefore will be more advisable for children than for adults. The trunk change of capacity depending on the use that we are giving the car. With the seven-seat operational will have a capacity of 285 litres (to the roof), while if you travel only five people will be 700 liters (to the tray).

the main advantage of The trunk is that you can customize it to taste and with almost no efforts. A button allows us to abate electrically the seat that we want, regardless of their position. Although it’s not very logical, we may reduce the right of the second row and the one on the left of the third. When folded, the seats are perfectly hidden ground, leaving a surface that is completely flat and ready for your load. If you folded down all five rear seats will get a capacity of 2,020 litres. Not what we had said, but the opening of the gate is also electric and simply move your foot under the bumper.

Equipment the most complete

Nothing more to enter the interior of this S-MAX, we realize that takes the finish Vignale. In fact we noticed just as if we had entered with the eyes covered. quality is one of the most worked and this is clear by touching the leather that covers the seats, dashboard or the inside of the doors. The steering wheel and the lever of the switch are also a nice touch and the only plastics that are not at the level they are center console.

Take between hands, this version also makes do not let us have nothing in lack in regards to equipment. Sit down in their seats is a delight, are electrically adjustable and have the function of memory to adapt to our body each time we go up. In addition, they are heated, ventilated and massage; perfect for traveling thousands of miles. To do this we will help the 8-inch touch screen that carries the multimedia system SYNC 3.

Its operation is not as fast as we would like, but stands out for being intuitive, that is and because it allows us to do practically everything from there (including adjustments of seats or the climate control. If you’re more traditional, simply use the controls for the climate control, a little further down in the center console. In the area of the gear shift lever is the parking brake electric and some more buttons such as the system assisted parking, something highly recommended for this issue of almost 5 meters.

multifunction steering wheel comes with a multitude of buttons to control the adaptive cruise control or the hands-free. Also to modify the on-board computer, which is formed by a TFT display of 10.1-inch located between and within the spheres of the speed and revolutions. Are customizable, and we can see the time data in the travel, entertainment or security. It highlights the recognition of signals or the wizard precolisión, which is an alert with a red light that is projected on the windshield, and that will be somewhat intrusive at times.

2.0 TDCi 180 HP

Under the hood of the Ford S-MAX Vignale, which we tested we have a engine 2.0 TDCi 180 HP with manual shift mode, one of the options more balanced. Although you can also choose from a range of engines are quite varied. In diesel we’ll just see the 2.0 TDCi four-cylinder, turbocharged, but there will be four levels of power: 120, 150, 180 and 210 HP. As curiosities, the latter is fitted, in the three most powerful you can equip the change automatic Powershift dual clutch and in the 150 and 180 HP can be picked for the all-wheel drive.

If, on the other hand wants to opt for the gasoline, we will have two options. The version of access is the new engine 1.5 EcoBoost 160 CV, which will be linked to the manual change required. The top-line will be the engine 2.0 EcoBoost 240 CV, which on the contrary can only go with the automatic change. The entire range has Start-Stop and reviewing the data from our 2.0 TDCi 180 HP and 400 Nm. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 9,7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 211 km/h.

More dynamic than it seems

Tap to get behind the wheel the Ford S-MAX Vignale with the 2.0 TDCi 180 HP and manual gearbox. We sat in his comfortable seat, that gives us a driving position and elevated, very useful to dominate the traffic. Press the start button and just come to us vibration or the aregone from the engine, it has become a good job with the insulation. With the passage of the kilometers we will give an account of the virtues and defects of the mechanical diesel that we have between hands.

The 2.0 TDCi is a mechanical elastic that fits very well in this minivan. is Not known for its power at low spins, you can even become somewhat lazy in the outputs. We will have greater response from 2,000 rpm, giving a response very linear and usable up to almost the 4,000 laps. One of the peculiarities of this model and to which we will have to get used to is a accelerator travel quite short.

words minivan and sportsmanship it is difficult to go together in the same sentence, but what is certain is that the S-MAX is one of the vehicles in the segment that intent has made. Despite spite of the fact that our unit has a a weight exceeding 1,700 kg, nothing moves wrong. For its size and weight proves to be even agile but without being sporty. Although it is clear that in city will be a bit more clumsy due to the above.


On secondary roads not highlighted too much and you will find some rocking in the body in its passage through a curve. It is true that you have a suspension quite a bit more firm than other rivals, but even so, note that it is a vehicle that looking for more comfort that sportsmanship. The direction makes us assert ourselves, because we find it too artificial. The place where it is most comfortable is will be on the open road where it has an aplomb to be envied.

Also the situation will be more beneficial for the engine 2.0 TDCi 180 ps don’t eat too much. Riding at legal speeds on a highway shall be easy around 6 litres, close to what is approved that is 5.0 l/100km. On the contrary if we get to stroll in city diesel mechanical raise your consumption to almost 10 litres. In our case, after more than 500 miles of test routes mixed, we obtain a actual average of 7.6 l/100km, which is not bad for a vehicle of these characteristics.


The Ford S-MAX Vignale is a minivan segment D that shares a platform with the Ford Mondeo. Stands out from its brother, the Ford Galaxy, being a bet more dynamic. It is easy to perceive it thanks to a exterior design sharp and that reminds us to other models. Even so you will not lose versatility, because it has seven seater very usable, and that we can deploy or hide in order to obtain different configurations in function of the needs.

Our unit tests it is a Vignale, and that means that highlighted by. The interior has good materials and equipment, as complete as possible. We will have from heated seats, ventilated and massage up to the multi-media system, SYNC 3. full range of engines we have been able to drive the diesel 2.0 TDCi 180 HP, one of the options more balanced. You will have more agility than its rivals and fuel consumption is not too high.

Equipment Ford S-MAX


  • steel Wheels 17-inch
  • front fog lamps
  • Mirrors power heated
  • Package Visibility (Sensor lights, rain sensor and automatic control of lights, long/short)
  • Radio CD tuner AM/FM with USB and 8 speakers
  • Climate control bizona
  • steering Wheel and knob of gearshift lever wrapped in leather
  • speed Control (includes speed limiter and speed assistant intelligent)
  • Sensor parking front and rear


  • Equipment Trend
  • alloy Wheels of 17 inches
  • LED daytime running Lights
  • Ford SYNC 3 with 8-inch touch screen, two ports for USB, SD card slot and 8 speakers
  • Screen of the instrument cluster colour TFT 10.1-inch
  • ambient interior Lighting
  • adjustable driver’s Seat with 10-way power and memory
  • heated front Seats
  • Attendance of maintenance in lane (includes detector lane change and alert system to the driver)


  • Equipment Titanium
  • exterior Design-exclusive Vignale
  • alloy Wheels 18-inch exclusive
  • Lighting adaptive headlamps LED dynamic
  • parking Sensors, front and rear
  • Upholstery leather-exclusive
  • seat Function with memory
  • Sony sound System 12-speakers
  • System Ford opening and keyless start
  • Crystals privacy
  • Windshield heated
  • steering Wheel, heated
  • Climate control tri-zone
  • System assisted parking
  • Detection of dead corners
  • Opening gate hands-free

Price Ford S-MAX in Spain

Engine Change Finish Price
Engine Change Finish Price
2.0 TDCi 120 CV MT 6v Trend 25.625 €
2.0 TDCi 150 CV MT 6v Trend 27.625 €
2.0 TDCi 150 CV AT 6v Trend 29.625 €
1.5 EcoBoost 160 CV MT 6v Trend 25.625 €
2.0 TDCi 150 CV MT 6v Titanium 30.275 €
2.0 TDCi 150 HP AWD MT 6v Titanium 33.275 €
2.0 TDCi 150 CV AT 6v Titanium 32.275 €
2.0 TDCi 180 HP MT 6v Titanium 32.275 €
2.0 TDCi 180 HP AT 6v Titanium 34.275 €
2.0 TDCi 180 HP AWD AT 6v Titanium 37.275 €
2.0 TDCi 210 HP AT 6v Titanium 36.275 €
1.5 EcoBoost 160 CV MT 6v Titanium 28.285 €
2.0 EcoBoost 240 CV AT 6v Titanium 33.775 €
2.0 TDCi 180 HP MT 6v Vignale 37.450 €
2.0 TDCi 180 HP AT 6v Vignale 39.450 €
2.0 TDCi 180 HP AWD AT 6v Vignale 42.450 €
2.0 TDCi 210 HP AT 6v Vignale 41.450 €
2.0 EcoBoost 240 CV AT 6v Vignale 38.950 €

the Opinion of the editor


  • a sporty look and dynamic
  • Versatility of its seven-seater
  • Equipment and quality finish, Vignale


  • final Price of the finished Vignale
  • Wizard precolisión something intrusive
  • high Consumption in city

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