The most notable changes following the latest range of revisions to the S-Max are under the bonnet, where Ford’s range of engines have been given a thorough overhaul.
A cutting-edge 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel joins the range, while 138bhp and 161bhp 2.0-litre diesels are also available, alongside a range-topping 197bhp 2.2 TDCi oil-burner.
The real fireworks come from the petrols, which include a 200bhp turbocharged powerplant mated to Ford’s dual-clutch automatic transmission (called Powershift). A range-topping 237bhp EcoBoost engine gives the S-Max hot hatch levels of performance, while the entry-level car is now powered by Ford’s 158bhp 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol motor.
Ford's 237bhp EcoBoost offers predictably livewire performance but its economy and CO2 emissions – 34mpg and 194g/km – mean most will be looking at the lower-powered petrol and diesel models.
The 200bhp EcoBoost unit performs like a turbodiesel. With the Powershift dual-clutch gearbox left in drive and a light to medium throttle, the engine and transmission choose to operate towards the bottom end of the rev range.