The interior layout, fit and finish
Galaxy drivers benefit from an elevated driving position, but visibility is far from perfect, with windscreen pillars that are angled and positioned in such a way that they conceal hazards that lurk to the right of the driver.
Otherwise the view out is great through the large, open glass area to the sides and back, which is a real boon when parking a car as large as this. The standard front and rear parking sensors help, too, while front and rear-view cameras come as part of the optional Driver Assistance Pack. The standard halogen headlights aren’t particularly bright, so it's a shame that the optional adaptive LED headlights are available only on the top-spec Titanium trim as part of the optional Titanium Lux Pack.
The driver’s seat is comfy and, if you go for the Titanium Lux pack, you get eight-way powered adjustment. Because the steering wheel also adjusts extensively, you should be very well catered for whatever your shape and size.
Generally speaking, the dashboard is logical enough to work your way around with ease. Okay, some of the buttons are quite small, but they are at least physical buttons that you can learn to use by feel, rather than taking the form of icons on the infotainment touchscreen. If you drive a Citroën Grand C4 Spacetourer, you'll find that even its climate controls are managed through its touchscreen; both a faff and a distraction when you're on the road.
Speaking of infotainment systems, the Galaxy’s isn’t great. It comes with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the 8.0in screen is quite low resolution, the graphics look old fashioned, the system isn’t always responsive and you have to pay extra for sat-nav (navigation comes as standard only on Titanium trim). That said, its rivals aren’t blessed with brilliant infotainment systems, either.
Interior quality is, in the main, very good. Most of the surfaces are finished in pleasing soft-touch plastics and feel robust. The Galaxy is certainly far nicer inside than many of the van-based alternatives that feel rather commercial, such as the Peugeot Traveller and Vauxhall Combo Life, but a Volkswagen Sharan and Touran both have a slight edge on quality inside.
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