Ford Galaxy MPV
Price £26,445 - £36,760
- Spacious interior
- Good safety technology
- Boxy styling
- Not brilliant to drive
- No USB socket in the back
At a glance
"The Ford Galaxy offers huge practicality with a comfortable, refined interior and a good choice of engines.”
The Ford Galaxy is now in its third generation and remains the largest of four MPVs currently made by Ford. It offers slightly more space and flexibility than the sportier Ford S-MAX and now, thanks to an upmarket interior and plenty of cutting-edge technology, is a very comfortable and refined proposition, too.
The car has seven seats and adults can fit in all three rows. When it's not needed, the third row folds electronically into the boot floor, while the second row flips forward at the touch of a button.
The Galaxy is good to drive for such a big car, even if the focus is primarily on comfort. The steering is well weighted and the engines on offer are smooth and powerful.
There are three trim levels to choose from, called Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X. The basic model comes with lots of standard equipment – the only thing really lacking is sat nav, which is available for a fairly modest £300. Otherwise, standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and dual-zone air-con.
Titanium adds sat nav, LED running lights and keyless entry, while the top-spec Titanium X features a panoramic roof, leather seats and a powered tailgate as standard.
Our recommendation would be one of the diesel-powered models, as they’re cheaper to run and more suited to the job of lugging round plenty of people and luggage. The 148bhp version of the 2.0-litre TDCI diesel is the one we’d go for, though if you can afford the 178bhp version you’ll appreciate the extra punch and the car will be just as efficient.
Similarly, if you can afford Titanium trim, you get some desirable extras like sat nav and cruise control, but if not, the basic Zetec model should be sufficient for most buyers.
Running costs for the Ford Galaxy are reasonably low but it's worth sticking to the diesel models
The Ford Galaxy is surprisingly good to drive for a car of its size
The Ford Galaxy is classier inside than ever and the well laid out
The Ford Galaxy has space inside for seven adults and a vast boot with the rear seats down
Ford has a mixed reliability reputation amongst owners but the Galaxy should prove very safe