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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