2020 Ford S-Max vs 2015-2019: Facelift differences & changes

This might be the last ever refresh for the Ford S-Max, so let’s see what’s different and new in this side-by-side comparison with the original second-gen car.

2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
The updated S-Max has a new front bumper, with a new deeper grille.
2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
It should be noted the pre-facelift model we have here is the luxury focussed Vignale trim, while the facelift model is the sportier ST-Line. The ST-Line models have a more aggressive design around the fog lamps and a honeycomb grille pattern.
2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
Sales of the 5-seat S-Max and 7-seat Galaxy have slowed as buyers preference crossovers. With Ford of Europe losing money, the company decided to give the two a minor facelift.
2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
There are few, if any changes to the rear. The difference in tail-light tint is down to the difference between ST-Line and Vignale models. There are new alloy wheel designs though.
2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
The biggest change to the interior are the near front seats on the Zetec and Titanium trims, which have been certified by the Aktion Gesunder Rücken or Germany's Campaign for Healthier Backs.
2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
The steering wheel and instruments are carried over from the 2015 model, essentially. The instruments have more depth than recent Ford designs, and mix analog dials with digital screens.
2019 Ford S-MAX2020 F/L
2017 Ford S-Max Vignale2015-19
The pre-facelift S-Max gained the easier-to-use Sync 3 infotainment part through its life, and that continues here. The centre stack has a sparse and oddly laid out array of buttons, and lots of plastic. FordPass Connect is now available with Wi-Fi hotspot, local hazard info, and remote car connectivity for vehicle locator, remote door locking, and vehicle status.

2020 Ford S-Max facelift



2015-2019 Ford S-Max




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Derek Fung

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2020 Ford S-Max vs 2015-2019: Facelift differences & changes