Ford Galaxy MPV
Price £25,670 - £34,335
- Lots of space
- Strong engines
- Comfortable and fun to drive
- Boxy taxi-like looks
- Pricier than rivals
- Ford S-MAX cheaper and nearly as big
At a glance
"The Ford Galaxy is massive, luxurious, and better value than a 4x4. It also gets the mix of driving enjoyment and ride comfort spot-on."
The Ford Galaxy uses the same underpinnings as the Ford S-MAX, but while the S-MAX is pitched as being a fun-to-drive MPV, in the Galaxy practicality takes priority. The Galaxy is still one of the best cars in its class to drive feeling sportier than both the Volkswagen Sharan and SEAT Alhambra.
Inside, the third generation of the Galaxy still looks fresh. It has seven seats – all of which can comfortably be used by adults. They can be arranged in up to 32 different combinations and fold away almost completely flat to reveal a huge load bay to rival a van's. The Ford lacks the sliding rear doors that give excellent access to the back of the SEAT and the Volkswagen, but this also means it does without unsightly rear door runners on its flanks.
Ford has given the Galaxy a strong range of engines, which includes an economical 1.6-litre diesel and a performance-orientated 2.0-litre petrol. We’d recommend one of the 2.0-litre diesels, however. They offer excellent fuel economy and strong performance, which is well suited to dealing with the bulk of a fully loaded Galaxy.
Trim levels include the basic Zetec, higher-spec Titanium and top-of-the-range Titanium X models. All get Ford's useful Quickclear fast-demisting windscreen, parking sensors and air-conditioning, while the Titanium X models come with a leather interior and wood-effect trim.
An all-new Ford Galaxy is expected to go on sale in the middle of 2015. It’ll also have Ford's latest SYNC voice-recognition technology, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, so passengers can surf the internet on the move. Expect the rear seats to have docking stations for tablet computers, enabling occupants to charge and integrate their own devices with the car. Keep an eye out for generous discounts on the current car as the new model approaches.
The Ford Galaxy can be specified with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that provides good power and fuel economy
Go for the 2.0-litre diesel Ford Galaxy and you get a decent blend of performance and fuel economy
The Ford Galaxy has a comfortable interior and well judged suspension
The Ford Galaxy has plenty of room inside for seven adults plus luggage
The Ford Galaxy is well like by its owners and should be safe in a crash