Right, I have just bought this...............
Its a 2010 "10 plate" facelift 2.0 petrol ecoboost titanium with powershift gearbox.
Also has a few options..
So far (had it 2 weeks now) I cant fault it.
We had a Mazda 6 sport estate before and I thought that had a big boot, but when the dog was in the back it didnt leave much room for luggage and I didnt really want to fit a roof box either.
Compared tot he Mazda the smax is beeter in nearly every respect, I say nearly as it doesnt go down a twisty back lane as well as the mazda could but if you are trying to do that in the smax then you have the wrong car. That said it will show a few boy racers a clean pair of heels.
The space inside is well thought out, every door has a good size storage bin and there are other little hidey holes to store stuff to.
loads of space and the good thing about it is that the middle row of seats are all independant from each other and slide forward and backward etc.
I would go for a titanium spec as this adds tinted privacy glass as I can imagine it would get pretty warm in there without it.
Didnt go for a diesel as wont be doing enough miles or long trips in it to justify the derv plus I would have no doubt had dpf and egr problems due to the little miles we will be doing !!
If you want any more info or even pics please feel free to email me!
So far Im well happy.
One tip I do have is that make sure the one you buy has decent rubber on as Im finding the budget tyres quite noisy.
P.S I too also have two kids and a dog !