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Driving Experience

Wether you’re on a quick trip into town or a family excursion to the country, the Ford S-MAX enhances the experience. Advanced driving technologies assist your every manoeuvre. Active Park AssistAvailable as part of Driver Assist Pack at additional cost guides you into tight spaces. While Adaptive Cruise ControlStandard on Vignale with Stop & Go take the stress out of stop-start city driving, long motorway journeys and plenty more besides.

Ford S-MAX ST-Line

Parking made even easier

Active Park Assist can steer you into parking spaces just 20% longer than your vehicle. Simply push a button and the sensors of this innovative system locate a suitable space as you drive past. Then it automatically steers you in, while all you do is operate the accelerator, gears and brake (following on-screen instructions and audible signals).

Make light work of heavy traffic

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go lets you set both your cruising speed, and distance from the vehicle in front. If it detects traffic is slowing, the system will maintain your pre-set distance if conditions don’t allow for your preferred cruising speed. It can even bring you to a complete stop in heavy traffic. Once the road in front is clear, the system automatically accelerates back up to your chosen speed – making it ideal for negotiating the crowded stop-start driving of urban environments.

Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
Ford S-MAX on a countryside road

Keeping you inside the speed limit

Intelligent Speed Assist works with Traffic Sign Recognition to enhance your speed control, enabling you to concentrate on the road. When activated, the system can identify the local speed limit and then automatically adjust your maximum speed accordingly.

Headlights that help you see around bends

Adaptive Lighting with Dynamic LED headlights and daytime running lights deliver a precise and intensely bright light pattern that automatically adjusts to suit different road and driving conditions. In addition, glare-free high beam adjusts itself automatically to avoid dazzling other drivers, and the new system can even read the curve of the road to illuminate corners and crossings before you enter them.

LED lights of S-Max

Power-assisted steering that responds to every situation

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.

Sees what’s coming from either side

A small panoramic cameraAvailable as part of Driver Assist Pack at additional cost on the front of the S-Max relays a split-screen image to your SYNC 3 display so you can see vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians coming from either side. This front wide-view camera is invaluable if you’re edging out of a narrow parking space, or in a busy road where your view is obstructed.

Ford S-MAX reversing from parking spot with Active Park Assist

Stress-free parking and pulling out

Works like Active Park Assist in reverse, helping you manoeuvre out of a parallel space. The system steers while you operate the accelerator, brake and gears. When the vehicle has cleared the space, it informs you to 'Take control of steering' as a message through the cluster.

Ford SYNC 3 with Emergency Assistance

Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance

An important and potentially life-saving part of Ford SYNC is Emergency AssistanceFord Emergency Assistance - updated. In the unlikely event of an accident, where the airbag is deployed or the fuel-pump deactivated, the technology can use a Bluetooth®-paired and connected mobile phone to automatically make a direct call to the Emergency Services for you. 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. For more minor incidents such as tyre damage, FordPass app lets you call Roadside Assistance with just a few taps, and track when help will arrive on a real-time map.

A smarter wiper system

Unlike most spray nozzles, Ford’s Clearview Front Wiper System delivers fluid along the full length of the wipers. There are multiple water holes too, so the washer fluid is delivered directly into the path of each wiper blade as it sweeps across the windscreen. The result? A cleaner windscreen that helps to improve your visibility. And because the system uses less fluid, you don’t need to top up quite so often.

Ford S-MAX Panoramic camera
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