All-Wheel Drive, Confidence in changeable conditions An available intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system can determine how much grip, cornering balance and responsiveness is required in wet, dry or icy conditions and on varying terrain. The technology is able to send drive to the front or rear axle depending on requirements. And this ‘torque on demand’ system delivers exceptional handling and improved efficiency.
Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) automatically adjusts to your speed and the conditions. At low speeds, the system makes wheel turns feel lighter and easier, improving manoeuvrability. At high speeds, when you need greater control, it firms up the steering. Now with drift control, EPAS also takes into account crosswinds and other driving conditions, while active nibble control reduces any unwanted vibration in the steering wheel.
Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)Front Split View CameraSees what’s coming, from either side with a tiny (optional) camera, on the front of the S-MAX, relays a split-screen image to your car’s Multi-Function Display so you can see vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians coming from either side. This optional new technology option is invaluable if you’re edging out of a narrow parking space, or onto a busy road where your view is obstructed.
Active Park Assist system - Stress-free parking and pulling out Using a combination of different technologies, Active Park Assist does more than steer you into parallel parking spots. With Park Out Assist (POA), it helps you pull out of them, too. The Perpendicular Parking (PPA) system can sense if there’s space for your car to fit, then reverse you in. Side Parking Aid (SPA) also warns you if there are any lateral obstructions.
Rear view camera Easier reversing, as you can view what’s behind. Bollards, railings low walls… the rear view camera (option) shows whatever’s behind you on a screen built into the centre stack display and activates automatically when you select reverse gear. The system also displays virtual guidelines, to help you park in the smallest of spaces.
Lane Keeping System An advanced system to help you stay in lane A Lane Keeping System (standard on Titanium and Titanium Sport) uses a forward-looking camera to detect if you’re accidentally drifting out of lane. Lane Keeping Alert then warns you by vibrating the steering wheel and displaying a visual warning. If you're slow to react or don’t respond, Lane Keeping Aid can provide steering assistance to help guide you safely back into the right lane. The technology is designed for multi-lane roads (like motorways), so will automatically deactivate at speeds below 43mph (65 km/h) or can be turned off manually.
A panoramic roof for a lighter, airier feel At the press of a button, the electronically operated roof blind glides away, allowing natural light to stream in through the fixed panoramic roof. At the same time, solar reflective glass keeps you cool and protects you from harmful UV rays.
Keeping the ideal temperature with a powerful climate control system helps you stay warm or cool. An available Dual zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) also enables you to select the temperatures you and your passenger each prefer.
Clear your windscreen quickly, with Quickclear This clever feature is designed to get you on the move quickly on frosty mornings. Just touch a button and ultra-thin filaments can superheat to de-ice, de-fog and de-mist your windscreen as well as help de-freeze the wipers. The system works in seconds, even if it’s below zero outside.
Smart seating system for ultimate flexibility Versatile seating provides generous space for up to seven, with folding second- and third-row seats enabling numerous seating and stowage configurations. For example, the second-row and third-row seats can be folded flat at the press of a button making instant room for your sporting gear or bulky DIY purchases.
Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) Helping to keep you inside the speed limit Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) is designed to enhance your speed control, enabling you to concentrate on the road. First, the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) camera (standard on Titanium & Titanium Sport) automatically detects the current speed limit (when activated), then the system automatically adjusts your maximum speed setting to that limit.
A Hands-free Tailgate for effortless opening and closing If you’ve got your hands full, and the S-MAX senses the proximity of your KeyFree key-fob, all you have to do is wave your foot under the rear bumper and the tailgate will automatically open or close.
Key-free means hassle-free The Ford KeyFree System lets you lock and unlock your car, without having to take your key out of your pocket or bag. This feature (standard on Titanium and Titanium Sport) saves you hassle when you’ve got your hands full.
Ford Power Starter Button Start your car with the touch of a button now there’s no need to use your key. Simply push the Ford Power Starter Button while holding the clutch down (or brake pedal on an automatic) and the engine fires into life.
Hi-fi sound with A nine speaker Ford audio system comes as standard with Ford SYNC 2 and delivers exceptional clarity of sound throughout the car. An optional Sony Navigation system, with DAB radio, provides a heightened listening experience and includes 12 Sony speakers.
Ford SYNC 3. Advanced hands-free and touchscreen technology Next generation Ford SYNC 3 lets you wirelessly connect your mobile and MP3 player. You can control your music, phone, navigation system, and climate control using simple, intuitive voice commands or via the 8” colour touchscreen.
With Ford SYNC 3 you can call up a list of local restaurants just by saying “I’m hungry”, or access the Michelin Guide to help you choose and book. Wi-Fi connectivity is available via hotspots, with a USB modem. And the system includes Ford Emergency Assistance, which can automatically call the Emergency Services in the event of an accident (see our Safety and Security page).
With Adaptive Cruise Control technology, you choose the speed you want to drive at and the system will maintain it. If the built-in RADAR sensor detects a vehicle ahead, it will slow the car to maintain a pre-set distance. Once the road in front is clear, the system will accelerate to your chosen speed.
YOUR PROTECTION IS FORD'S PRIORITY
With a comprehensive package of safety measures built-in, your S-MAX is designed to offer you and your passengers the highest levels of protection.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection detects people and vehicles in the road ahead, or who could cross the vehicle’s path, and warns you of their presence. If you don’t respond, the system automatically applies the brakes. This new technology is designed to help reduce the severity of accidents, or help avoid them altogether, and functions at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h).
Headlamps that help you see around bends
Optional Adaptive lighting with Ford Dynamic LED headlamps aren’t just striking; they’re smart. A series of LEDs deliver a precise light pattern and their intensely bright natural light provides exceptional illumination. Day time running lights are also included. And LED tracer turn indicator strips replace traditional ‘blinking’ lights, illuminating in sequence for high visibility to other drivers. In addition, Glare Free High Beam adjusts itself automatically, maximising visibility without dazzling other drivers. Remarkably, these new headlamps/lights also follow the road, helping you to see more clearly when driving around bends.
Ford Adaptive Dynamic LED technologyEmergency Brake Assist (EBA) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) helps your vehicle achieve maximum braking effectiveness in an emergency situation. It’s controlled automatically via the ESP system, which senses how much pressure you’ve applied to the brake yourself and automatically increases it, if necessary.
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) An optional Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) can help you change lanes more safely, thanks to RADAR sensors that scan the blind spots on either side of your vehicle. If they detect a vehicle you can’t see, an orange light, displayed in the corresponding side door mirror, illuminates to warn you. BLIS also features a completely new technology, Cross Traffic Alert.
Ford SYNC 2 with Emergency Assistance An important aspect of Ford SYNC 2 is Ford Emergency Assistance*. This potentially life-saving feature is designed to assist you in placing an emergency call and can provide the emergency services with information about your vehicle’s location, in your own language. You can choose to stop the call, or talk to those services if you need to. Crucially, the system will supply vital information, such as your GPS coordinates, even if you are unconscious.
*Ford Emergency Assistance operates in over 30 European countries. This feature works when paired with a compatible connected mobile phone that is with you when an airbag is deployed (excludes knee airbags) or a sensor that registers a crash deactivates the fuel pump. Text function and Emergency Assistance not supported by all European languages.
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) The car is equipped with an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which incorporates a range of technologies designed to keep you in control. Sensors detect any sudden changes in steering, braking, or vehicle behaviour that may cause you to lose control, and then ESP precisely adjusts the speed of each individual wheel, making your car more stable and helping to prevent skidding. ESP features include Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Prefill.
Hill Start Assist Hill Start Assist temporarily stops you rolling backwards or forwards when making a hill start. The system works by maintaining pressure to the braking system for an extra 2.5 seconds, giving you more time and control as you move your foot from brake pedal to accelerator. It’s also useful when you’re stopping and starting on slippery surfaces.
ISOFIX points ISOFIX child seat attachment points are fitted toall three of the second row of seats.
Roll Stability Control can sense if there’s a significant amount of body roll, as well as detect other manoeuvres that may lead to a potential roll over. The technology then automatically brakes individual wheels and adjusts the throttle to help bring the vehicle back under control.
An advanced Intelligent Protection System (IPS) coordinates a series of safety features, giving you and your passengers maximum protection. The S-MAX also has a rigid body shell that absorbs impact and advanced seat and seat belt technology, to reduce the chance of injury in the event of an accident.
When you’re reversing out of a space and have limited visibility of the traffic situation, Cross Traffic Alert (part of the optional Blind Spot Information System, BLIS) can detect oncoming vehicles and sound a warning. The technology illuminates a light in the wing mirror too: left or right depending on the direction of oncoming traffic.
When it senses an emergency stopping situation, ESP pre-charges the braking system, closing any air gap between brake pads and discs. Known as Electronic Brake Prefill, this technology helps reduce the car’s braking distance.
Torque Vectoring Control balances engine torque between the front wheels to suit the road surface and driving conditions. Operating at 100 times a second, the system is 33 times faster than the blink of an eye. Which means more grip and ultra-precise handling, as you’ll discover when you’re accelerating through corners.
A Thatcham Category 1 alarm is a sophisticated system that automatically arms itself when you double-lock the vehicle and will sound a powerful alarm if triggered by forced entry, the car being lifted, or if the motion sensors pick up any movement inside.
EcoBoost: no compromise power and efficiency Two EcoBoost petrol engine options use a combination of direct fuel injection and turbo-charging, to deliver outstanding levels of performance and economy:
A new 1.5L EcoBoost petrol engine adds to the revolutionary EcoBoost range. Cleverly downsized from the 1.6L EcoBoost, the engine provides excellent emissions and fuel economy along with 160PS of power. An even more powerful 2.0 litre EcoBoost option delivers an impressive 240PS.
Prefer diesel? An advanced All-New 2.0L TDCi gives you a choice of four power options: 120PS, 150PS, 180PS and a bi-turbo 210PS. Every engine incorporates the latest technology to improve power, torque and economy, while lowering emissions: an enhanced design delivers low CO2 while improving fuel economy.
A refined chassis design, finely tuned front and rear suspension and a range of intelligent technologies: all combine to maximise performance and deliver precision handling in every situation.
With the S-MAX, you can choose from three different transmissions. A 6-speed manual gearbox has a high torque capacity and delivers smooth, accurate gear-changes. A 6-speed automatic also has a high torque capacity and carefully tuned shifting points for maximum power and efficiency. There are also the options of all-wheel drive and 6-speed Ford PowerShift.
Combining the convenience of an automatic with the control of a manual, this advanced six-speed gearbox pre-selects the next gear for you so you don’t lose power when you change. PowerShift’s lightning fast, seamless gear changes make driving smoother while saving fuel and lowering CO2 emissions compared to a normal automatic.
Paddle Shift: enjoy rapid gear changes on an automatic gearbox. Normally only found on high end sports cars, Automatic Paddle Shift Controls are standard with both the 6-speed automatic and PowerShift transmissions. This racing-inspired technology puts swift, effortless gear changes at your fingertips. And because the paddle controls are mounted on the steering wheel, you can change gear more efficiently when cornering.
An all new advanced multi-link rear suspension, combined with an enhanced ‘McPherson strut’ front suspension delivers excellent wheel control and ride quality, adding to the car’s highly responsive handling.
The S-MAX is designed to make the most of every drop of fuel you put in your car. And the efficiency of its engines is enhanced by additional fuel-saving technologies.
Ford Eco Mode system The innovative Ford Eco Mode system continually assesses the effects of your driving behaviour on your fuel consumption. The system analyses your speed, gear shifting, braking and anticipation levels, plus the number of short and long journeys you make. Smart software then advises you on how to improve fuel economy.
Use less fuel with Auto Start-Stop When you stop at traffic lights or your car is idling in a queue, this technology can automatically switch off the engine (while still supplying power to essentials like the headlights, air-conditioning, radio and the Ford SYNC system). When you're ready to move, just depress the clutch and select first gear as usual, or press the accelerator on an automatic, and the system restarts. Auto Start-Stop is particularly effective in town and city streets, where it can cut fuel consumption by up to 10% (urban cycle).
Unlike traditional systems, Smart Regenerative Charging only charges the battery when it needs it and, whenever possible, avoids doing so when you’re pressing the accelerator. This can help save even more fuel and further reduce emissions.