Ford Galaxy (2015-present)

The Ford Galaxy is a seven-seat people carrier that's comfortable, well-equipped and has one of the biggest boots in its class

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Spacious and versatile interior
Comfortable ride
Well equipped with useful technology

Weaknesses 

You'll look like a taxi driver
Looks like a minibus and feels a bit like one to drive
Cheapest version lacks useful safety equipment

If you;re looking for maximum space and value for money, then a people carrier is the best that you can do this side of a van. The Ford Galaxy is one of the biggest of the lot, with room for seven people and - unusually - some room for luggage too when all seats are in use.

As well as being spacious, it's comfortable to drive too. Its few rivals include sister cars the Seat Alhambra and VW Sharan, the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and the Renault Grand Scenic.

There’s a lower, sportier version called the S-Max. It’s cheaper and better to drive than the Galaxy but not as spacious. If an SUV still appeals, there are models with seven seats including the Hyundai Sante Fe and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

However, in going the SUV route you’d miss out on the Galaxy’s trump cards: interior space and versatility. The seats are all independent of each other. The middle row of three can slide back and forth. They can fold, too, at the press of a button while the rearmost seats can fold flush into the floor, an operation that is electrically powered.

Unusually for a seven-seat vehicle, this third row has lots of legroom, too, meaning adults can sit in reasonable comfort. Behind is a large boot which becomes a 2,339-litre void when seat rows two and three are folded. The Galaxy is also easy to get in and out of, and visibility is superb.

So that’s the case for the Galaxy’s space and practicality but it also has a well-made and stylish interior that’s loaded with equipment. Basic (called Zetec) models have an eight-inch touchscreen, parking sensors and dual-zone climate control. Higher-grade models add extra safety features including an intelligent speed limiter, adaptive cruise control and, on top-spec Titanium X trim, rearview cameras and a panoramic glass sunroof (this is an option on lesser versions and worth having).

There’s a choice of petrol and diesel engines but the best all-rounder is the 2.0 TDCi 148bhp engine. However, if you tow or travel regularly fully loaded, the more powerful 178bhp version is a better choice. The Galaxy is a large, heavy car so don’t expect the last word in driving thrills. Instead, it’s relaxed, secure and comfortable but still engaging and communicative, as is the way with most modern Fords. If you need extra grip, there’s a four-wheel drive version paired with the diesel engines.

Last Updated 

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 15:45