Ok, we get it, the Ford Galaxy isn’t going to warm your heart. It’s more about practicality, but Ford have clearly worked hard to ensure it’s got the quality edge over more utilitarian rivals. And that’s more than enough to win people over.
What you need to know about the Ford Galaxy
The Galaxy boasts excellent on-road manners – with smooth suspension and impressive refinement, it’s a car to eat up the miles in. It closely resembles Ford’s popular S-Max, sharing the same mechanical underpinnings, although it favours practicality over sportiness.
Inside, there’s a lot of space. In fact, in our review, the impressively vast cabin was the main attraction. With room for seven people, it’s popular with taxi drivers and families. Front and mid-row passengers get the most space and visibility, but the occasional third seats are probably best for children over longer journeys. When collapsed beneath the boot, they reveal a huge space. There are a lot of stowage compartments and neat design details too, boosting practicality further.
For drivers, the position is almost as high as you’d get in a 4x4, making it easier than you’d imagine to navigate in tight spaces. The Galaxy is surprisingly good to drive, even soaking up bumps when it’s full of passengers – avoiding much of the sway you’d typically get in corners.
What to watch out for
Most of the cabin has a quality look and feel, but some areas do let the Galaxy down – flimsy-feeling plastics on the dashboards, for instance. Opt for Titanium spec if you can, and avoid the 115bhp engine in a car this large. It’s also worth mentioning that engine performance was improved mid-2010.
- Ford S-Max
- SEAT Alhambra
- Vauxhall Zafira
The Galaxy delivers all you’d want from a people carrier, and more. Not only is it practical, but the drive puts you at ease – it handles obediently and you needn’t worry about lean too much. Both in towns or at speed on the motorway, you’ll be impressed with the responsive engines, crisp gear change and smooth clutch.