Bought this car in Feb 08 as replacement for VW Touran. The 130 hp engine combined with auto box is superb - feels more powerful than 130 for size of car and after 9 months we're now averaging 39mpg which is pretty good considering size of vehicle. Have previously always had German cars (VW / Merc / BMW) and to be honest the quality of finish of the Ford cannot match - but consider the cost equation and if prepared to keep an open mind then this is a better proposition in terms of value for money.
Positives: Great engine and gearbox combination. Brilliant in terms of flexibility Feels smaller to drive than it looks Good fuel economy
Gripes: Interior not up to German standards (but note comments regarding cost to buy) Lack of spare tyre - yes I wrote off a tyre and had to be rescued by AA = replacement (Falken rather than factory Michelin cost me £70 all inc so not too bad) Given interior space they missed a trick in terms of cubby holes / drinks holders etc. particularly in centre console area.
Overall I would have to recommend this (and of course S-Max which is same car with different packaging). We loved out VW Touran but the Galaxy provides a much better overall package - more space, equivalent economy but with much smoother diesel engine and suprisingly a smoother auto than the VW DSG unit. So good in fact that I'm seriously thinking about replacing our second car (my beloved BMW 1 series), with a Kuga if and when they offer that with an auto.
I was about to by this car. It's pure dead brilliant by the way. Except for one thing. The crazy absence of a spare wheel. How stupid is that. It's a family car. If you have a puncture, particularly on the motorway, you want to get a move on. But if the puncture repair kit does not work, as it most likely wont if you have puncture at 70mph when the tyre almost certainly will be damaged, you are well and truly stuffed. Four kids, stuck on a motorway. Vehicle need to be recovered to nearest tyre place. I can see my RAC fees going up as they cope with the extra costs of vehicles as badly equiped as this. As it happens I also drive in areas to the west of Thurso. Nearerst Kwik Fit? 109 miles away. Get real Ford!! This car may be the safest on the planet in a crash. But in terms of saftey for passenges in every day situations like a puncture, its just so bad.
Switched from a Seat Alhambra to a 1yr old Galaxy Ghia 2ltr diesel auto. Very easy car to drive, great spec, and the folding seat system is a dream. Built in sat nav slightly tricky to get to know as there was no instructions for it.Advanced bluetooth functions are brilliant. Quite reasonable mpg considering it's an auto. Gearbox is excellent so far, very responsive and ride is smooth and very quiet. Only disappointment - ridiculous lack of spare tyre which I was not aware of until I had the vehicle home! Haven't had to use it yet, but to my way of thinking, the lack of spare tyre makes a small breakdown a major call-out if the tyre-fix filler gadget doesn't work. Also no jack supplied, which is not good.Ghia equipment levels are good - extras that were on this vehicle make it even better. Panoramic roof is great, sat nav reasonable, 6-cd changer works reliably. Great load carrier. Have yet to replace a tyre,but am expecting the tyres to cost a bit.
Researched Espace,Zafira beforehand.There was nothing out there, other than the Alhambra or Sharran that offered the flexibility that the Galaxy does. Neither the Alhambra or Sharran have folding seats. Visibility in the Galaxy is also considerably better than the Alhambra. Less pillar obstruction forwards, more glass forwards, and views at junctions better thanks to the above and greater glass panels in between windscreen and door windows.
When I first took delivery of the car there were several niggling faults such as B post rattles and quarterlights leaks but these were quickly sorted out. The one major fault was that the car pulled to the left. The dealership came up with all sorts of reasons such as camber of the road, it was a characteristic of this type of car. i was getting nowhere despite the car being left with them for several days total. I decided to write to Ford Customer Care and they took up my case. The lady who had my case was brilliant. She kept ringing the Ford Technical Department, the Dealership workshop manager and me. Ford then came up with a modified geometry reading and this was done. The car is now a superb car and I would highly recommend it. Ford even gave me my first service free for all the hassle I had had. i would buy another Ford in the future.
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