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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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38 reader reviews for Ford Galaxy MPV.
  • 2.0 LX 5dr

    Muntazir Khan Date: 03/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car was a replacement for my wife's 14 year old Vauxhall Corsa which I had bought for £700 when she passed her driving test last year.

    To keep costs down we bought the base model (+ ESP and Alarm) but this more than met our needs. My first experience was when I picked up the car from Ashton-Under-Lyne and drove home to Bilston.

    The clutch is very light, gear change is smooth and generally its easy to control. While driving I noticed the speed is very deceptive, ie driving at 60 actually feels like 40 and there is an erg to put your foot down. Fuel economy seems good, after filling the tank and doing the 90 mile trek home the needle had hardly budged, saying that I was driving at 60, didn't want to push the engine too hard while new.

    Other cars I considered were the S-MAX, Zafira, Toyota Verso, Voyager and Mazda 5 but these didn't do it for me.

    I like the space, looks and drive, my only problem is where's the spare wheel. I believe people will be put off by this and it is a confidence hitter when doing long journeys.

    I've had the car 3 days and except for the spare wheel issue I'm thoroughly happy with my choice.

  • 2.0 Ghia 5dr

    Roger Millington Date: 10/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having 5 growing kids means the Galaxy is the kind of car which chooses you rather than vice versa, however we also shortlisted: Mitsubishi Grandis, Chrysler Voyager, Hyundai Trajet and Mazda 5.

    Despite not seeing the Galaxy apart from publicity shots, we had confidence it would live up to the billing. It does precisely that, there being an overwhelming impression of (1) bags of space for all occupants, (2) a highly-refined and relaxing drive.

    The ride is quite firm, which I like, fairly meaty steering and the clutch/gearchange very light and user-friendly. Combined with nicely-controlled body movement this makes the Galaxy a pleasure to be in although there's no getting away from its generous dimensions.

    The petrol engine is smooth and quiet but not especially punchy. Perhaps the turbo-diesel would be faster in real-life motoring.

    Gripes: the materials drop in quality lower down and towards the back, they definitely grow plastic to a better standard in Japan. My local Ford dealer forget to supply a remote for the DVD player, so can't comment on that yet. The seats are easily "flattened" for a massive boot space, but a couple of the cheap, tiny knobs used to hold them in place are already looking worn out.

    I would definitely recommend this car for large families (perhaps the S-Max for smaller ones). It does provides spacious, first-class travel for 7 adults. The Galaxy does exactly what it says on the tin.

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