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We've already driven Ford's new S-max in higher Titanium spec, but this is the entry-level Zetec version of the company's successful seven-seater. Ford reckons around 30% of buyers will plump for the base model, seen here in the most popular 150hp 2.0-litre diesel form that kicks off the range.
Why is it interesting?
The S-max dominates the large seven-seat arena, and the new model gets emissions below 130g/km. It's worth noting, though, that the Zetec isn't very well-equipped, and Ford expects more buyers to move up to the Titanium and Titanium Sport iterations.
How are the running costs?
The S-max has always performed well in RV terms, and the current car achieved 37.9% in this engine and trim combination. Sub-130g/km CO2 is useful, but the entry diesel engine is only just about powerful enough for a big car, and those expecting to fill it with a load or family might be better looking at the 180hp diesel.
Any other business?
The S-max remains peerless among full seven-seaters in its sportier looks and handling, but the new model's lighter steering means it isn't as conducive to enthusiastic driving as it was.
Impressive and practical package, but the Zetec isn't well-equipped