Some turbocharged engines like 1.6- and 2.0-litrebpetrols are available for the buyers. Among these the well-suited are the TDCi diesels. 1.6-litre petrol comes in 114bhp and needs working up quite hard even with not so heavy baggage and weight inside. In general, the engines are pretty powerful.
Steering wheel works well and is quite light to use with a lot of grip making the handling very easy. Body control is also up to the mark in S-Max. However, the ride is not so easy and pretty at low speeds.
Wind noise is not easily put away by S-Max but road and suspension noise are dealt with ease by S-Maax helping the car to achieve pretty good points in terms of refinement. The 2.0-litre engines add another feather in the cap by being extremely quiet and smooth.
The S-Max is a little over-priced if compared to its competitors like Peugeot 5008, yet the car earns good points as it’s bigger and better in terms of specs available. Diesel engines give decent fuel economy. However, resale values are not that commendable so it becomes important to get good discounts for being easy on your pocket and getting the actual worth of the car in less rates.
In this field, the car scores quite well with a variety in airbags- front and side ‘bags for the front seats, window ‘bags and a ‘bag to protect driver’s knees. Security is taken care of by providing anti-lock brakes and ESP as standard features with an alarm and deadlocks too.
The interiors are quite designer and strongly-built with soft-touch plastic adorning the simplistic and easy-controls dashboard and the doors. Plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustments are present. Thin windscreen pillars keep the visibility sober.
Five people can easily sit with the car having more than needed head- and leg –room. Extra people can adjust in the wide cabin. The rearmost seats are easily accessible and spacious and works great for child’s seating. However, the seats are quite lowly made which becomes a problem in terms of comfort and body position. The boot is big and well-shaped.
Entry-level cars have front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, electric windows and climate control. Titanium trim has extra cruise control, USB input socket, auto lights and wiper. Titanium X Sport adds sports suspension and part-leather seats.
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