List pricing suggests that you'll be paying somewhere in the £29,000 to £40,000 bracket for your S-MAX, depending upon the variant you choose. Above base 'Zetec'-spec, there are three further trim levels; 'Titanium', 'ST-Line' and plush 'Vignale'. Even base 'Zetec'-spec gets you plenty of kit though, including 17-inch alloys, the SYNC3 infotainment system, parking sensors, keyless start, a DAB radio, sports seats, power fold mirrors, a tonneau cover, an electric handbrake and ISOFIX attachments for child seats in the second row. All models sold in this country come in 7-seat configuration and if you avoid the entry-level petrol and diesel variants, there's the £1,500 option of the Powershift 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission many buyers want.
Looking at the various EcoBlue options available, we'd want to find the £350 premium to go from the rather feebly-performing entry-level 120PS unit to the mid-range 150PS version that, priced at around £30,000, probably represents the sweet spot in the line-up. For this test though, we elected to look at the slightly pokier 190PS variant but it's quite an expensive choice: since you can't have this engine in basic 'Zetec' trim, you're looking at needing nearly £32,500 for it - quite a jump. If you want to take up the opportunity that this second generation S-MAX offers of finding an extra £1,500 for Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, you'll find it only in the diesel range where it's only offered as an option on the 150PS manual model or the 190PS Powershift automatic variant.