Ford is renowned for no-nonsense vehicles that are high in functionality, economy, and increasingly in good looks too. They have three main models of car that have 7 seats – these are the Ford S Max, the Ford Kuga, and the Ford Galaxy people carrier. The Ford Galaxy has been around for a long time now, however has had many facelifts over the years to bring it to where it is today. Ford’s in general are perfect family vehicles due to their frugality when it comes to fuel economy and their high level of safety. We will review the two most popular Ford models that provide seven seats:
The Ford S-Max
Ford saw a gap in the market for a stylish and sporty seven seater that defied traditional people carrier looks. The S-Max was a revolution in family car design that paved the way for current MPVs. It shares its roots with the older Ford Galaxy and the Mondeo however bears no resemblance in terms of style and good looks.
The S-Max is a versatile seven seat car that allows you to fold the rearmost seats into the floor when they are not in use, giving you a long 2m length of loading area and a very large boot. Ford suggest that the seating is in a ’5 + 2′ configuration, suggesting that the six and seventh seats are more suited to children than to regular use by adults. The somewhat restricted leg and head room also mean that adults wouldn’t want to travel very far whilst in the rear seats. The interior overall is very modern, full of gadgets and defies its people carrier status. The seats are generally very comfy and supportive.
Engine-wise the Ford S-Max comes with a range of different engine options, each offering different fuel economy and power capabilities. There is a 1.6l diesel offering 114bhp that delivers a generous 54.3mpg. Other engine options such as the 2l diesel and 2l TDCi are also available, however it is the S-Max’s petrol powerplants that really deliver the knockout punch. Due to the lower fuel economy it is likely that the diesel engines are more suited to regular family car usage.
The 7 Seat Ford Kuga Crossover
The Ford Kuga is another 7 seater offering with the styling of a small to mid-size SUV. It looks reasonably nice, however isn’t pushing any envelopes when it comes to design. On a more practical note it offers quite a lot of space and comfort for passengers, delivering plenty of legroom and headroom. As with the S-Max the seating is quite versatile, and the rear seats can be lowered flat with the boot simply by pulling on a lever. Having said that, the actual load space within the boot isn’t particularly roomy, and families with lots of luggage may find it somewhat limiting.
There are a range of versions available, with the Titanium model being the plushest. If you opt for the more expensive Titanium upgrade then you receive a range of features including a higher specification interior, a more luxurious cabin and an enhanced stereo and dash. If you’re used to leather seats and the ‘wipe free’ convenience these offer (mums and dads you’ll know what I mean!), then you will probably want to look closely at the Titanium option.
As with the S-Max there are different engines that you can choose from, all on a fuel economy vs. performance scale. How much you want to sacrifice / benefit from either really depends upon your own preferences. Additionally there are also 4wd 7 seater options available, and whilst these are more versatile in bad weather / basic off-road conditions, they are also more expensive to run and buy.
Overall we would recommend seriously opting for the Titanium version as this will provide the best gadgets and value for money.