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The Ford Galaxy may have to play second fiddle to its S-MAX sibling in terms of profile but it is the better MPV. It drives almost as well as its sporty sibling but delivers more space and greater practicality, the things that most MPV buyers prioritise. The latest revisions to the engine range make the big Ford an even more worthwhile choice.

Driving Experience

Diesel power has been the dominant choice in the Ford Galaxy since the word go. The car’s practical remit is a perfect fit with the economy and pulling power you tend to get when burning heavy oil. Little is likely to change with the latest 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine range meeting the Euro V emissions regulations and available in a choice of 114bhp, 138bhp or 161bhp power outputs.

Despite this, petrol might not be the non-starter you imagine it to be in the modern Galaxy thanks to the intriguingly titled 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi engine. With 200bhp plus 300Nm maximum torque available throughout a 1,750rpm to 4,500rpm rev band this is a thoroughly high-tech installation. The all-aluminium unit uses direct fuel injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing to achieve its impressive performance.

It can take the Galaxy from a standstill to 60mph in 8.8s and hit a 135mph top speed, which is brisk indeed for a full-size seven-seater.

Design Build

There’s a wider gap between the way S-MAX and Galaxy look these days. The S-MAX has an angular and angry look about the front end: the Galaxy favours additional class and chrome. There’s more chrome on the low-profile roof rails and LED lights feature at the rear.

The Galaxy glass area is huge and when viewed externally, the flanks appear to be split 50/50 between metal and glazing. This throws an abundance of light into the cabin and the low waistline means that everyone gets a clear view out. Even as an … cooped up in the back row, there’s little feeling of claustrophobia, with the Galaxy’s designers having made good use of the space available.

The cabin floor even slopes up slightly towards the rear so that people in the back can see what’s going on up front.

Any large MPV is only as good as its seating system with the folding, sliding, removable seat having evolved into something of an art form over recent years. The Galaxy’s interior is capable of all the usual accommodation acrobatics and it’s relatively straightforward to access the configuration you want without recourse to the owner’s manual. Fortunately, the seats don’t have to be lifted out in the manor favoured by some of the Galaxy’s more aged rivals.

Instead, the rearmost two rows simply drop down flush with the floor to present a vast flat load area that’s almost commercial vehicle in its dimensions. There’s very little luggage capacity with all the Galaxy’s seating occupied but the car can easily take five people and a whole lot of luggage when the third row seats are dropped down, the cargo area being accessible and uniformly shaped.

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Market Model

There are plenty of options available to the car buyer with a need for seven seats. Many compact MPVs and the majority of large 4×4 vehicles at least have the option of additional seating behind the second row. If, however, you plan on using more than five seats on a regular basis and for …-sized passengers, a full-size MPV like the Galaxy is the best bet.

There’s just that bit more space available in this class of car, certainly more than you’ll find in anything without obvious minibus tendencies.

The latest Galaxy has grown notably more high-tech. Both on the options list and included in the various trim levels are some choice bits of technological wizardry. Ford’s keyless entry system is a boon when you’re approaching the vehicle with an armful of something or other and the Easyfuel system is an ingenious feature that stops the worst case scenario developing when you forget if your car runs on petrol of diesel.

There’s an ASLD Adjustable Speed Limiter Device which can prevent the vehicle exceeding the pre-set speed limit and the Blind Sport Information System warns drivers when a vehicle is in their blind spot area.

Running the Galaxy should be a comparatively affordable business thanks to the latest crop of engines. The Duratorq diesels are capable of returning close to 50mpg on the combined cycle with emissions in the 150g/km ballpark. Go the feisty 2.0 SCTi petrol engine and the 35mpg combined economy is very good for a vehicle of this size with this performance.

Emissions are 189g/km.

With more technology and sharper looks, the latest Galaxy has upped its game. It’s in the engine bay where the most salient changes have taken place though, and the emergence of the SCTi turbocharged petrol engine means that diesel is no longer the only option worth considering.

RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto
RENAULT Twizy Cargo – Electric Van 13kW Auto

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