For The Ford Galaxy is more fun to drive than most large MPVs, yet it's also refined and comfortable. The cabin is roomy and versatile, and all versions are well equipped.
Against There's a big price premium over the Ford S-Max, which is more fun to drive and almost as practical.
The Ford Galaxy is a brilliant large MPV that requires little compromise. The closely related S-Max is almost as practical, however, and a lot cheaper.
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The Ford Galaxy shares much with the S-Max, but the two cars have different aims: the Galaxy is a full-on MPV, with space for seven adults, but the S-Max trades a little of the Galaxy’s outright people-carrying ability for a sharper driving experience. In other words, if you don’t regularly need to carry seven adults, you may be able to make do with the S-Max – and save a few quid at the same time.
As with the S-Max, the Galaxy has a strong engine range, and the 2.0-litre Ecoboost SCTi petrol is exceptionally smooth and punchy. Finance dictates that most buyers will go for one of the more economical 2.0-litre diesels, which are quiet and flexible, so hardly a poor substitute.
If you do go with the Galaxy and have an 'active lifestyle', don't forget to check out the accessories range, which includes things such as interior bike carriers, attachments for securing coolboxes and extra stowage.
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