Review

Ford Galaxy MPV

Price  £25,670 - £34,335

Ford Galaxy MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Lots of space
  • Strong engines
  • Comfortable and fun to drive
Cons
  • Boxy taxi-like looks
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Ford S-MAX cheaper and nearly as big

At a glance

The greenest
Zetec 1.6TDCi 115 PS S/S 5dr £26,460
The cheapest
Zetec 1.6T 160PS EcoBoost S/S 5dr £25,670
The fastest
Titanium 2.0 203PS EcoBoost Powershift 5dr £29,235
Top of the range
Titanium X 2.2TDCi 200PS Auto 5dr £34,335

"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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The Ford Galaxy can be specified with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that provides good power and fuel economy

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

Go for the 2.0-litre diesel Ford Galaxy and you get a decent blend of performance and fuel economy

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The Ford Galaxy has a comfortable interior and well judged suspension

Practicality & boot space

4.4 / 5

The Ford Galaxy has plenty of room inside for seven adults plus luggage

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Ford Galaxy is well like by its owners and should be safe in a crash

What the others say

3.6 / 5
based on 4 reviews
14 / 20
"Ford has really raised the game with this car and its engineering levels are very high. The quality of the materials that make up the dash are truly impressive, as is their fit and finish. Sure it cheapens as you migrate backwards, but if you ain't paying Audi prices, you can't expect Audi finesse in the third-row ashtrays."
3 / 5
"Whichever version of the Galaxy you choose, you'll find confidence-inspiring handling and a composed and well-controlled approach to corners. Compared to softer competitors, this nimble, dynamic attitude reinforces the Ford's car-like feel. Yet while noise levels are all but a match for the class best, the Ford's firmer ride does make it less relaxing. Petrol and diesel engines should all be familiar, and it's the TDCi oil-burners that offer the easier-going performance."
4 / 5
"Quality grumbles include bits of trim falling off. Sidelights failing. Info system saying alarm needs servicing. Failure of brake vacuum pump on 2.0 TDCI has been reported by several readers. Electric windows sporadically either will not operate at all or close and then immediately re-open by themselves. However, Addison Lee runs about 2,000 Galaxy 2.0TDCI automatics as private hire cars in the London area and has very little trouble."
4 / 5
"The Ford Galaxy is a very popular people carrier and it's not hard to see why. Practical, spacious and car-like to drive it comes with a great range of engines including some very economical diesels. All models come with seven independent seats and the rear five easily fold flat to create a huge load space while there are more than 30 stowage compartments on board."

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What owners say

4.177868852459
4.2 /5 based on 122 reviews
60%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
10 Dec 2014
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