We rate the S-MAX even more highly than the Galaxy, because while you’re more likely to see the latter outside Heathrow’s business terminal, the S-MAX is better suited to families. It’s better looking for a start, and despite its lower roofline, it still benefits from seven seats. Fold the back chairs down and a massive 2,020-litre boot is available, making it one of the most spacious in the business. Whisper it, but the S-MAX is good to drive, too, for buyers that can’t quite kick the habit of having a sports car on the driveway.
Price Ј27,290 to Ј38,710 Trim levels Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line, Vignale Engines 2.0 Diesel (118bhp), 2.0 Diesel (148bhp), 2.0 Diesel (177bhp), 2.0 Diesel (207bhp) Engines 5-door MPV CO2 emissions 129 to 149g/km Combined fuel economy 48.7 to 56.5mpg