What's the used Ford Galaxy like?
Few and far between are the seven-seater MPVs that we can actually call groundbreaking. The original Renault Espace was one such; this Ford Galaxy is another. It has, in the course of its long life, become almost the default choice for minicab drivers plying their trade on the airport runs, as well as those transporting a large amount of smart-suited execs from suburb to city on workaday business mornings.
This is the fourth generation car, and, like its predecessors, it offers the usual exceptionally roomy and airy interior, adding along with that seven seats that slide and fold individually. There’s also a magnificent boot. With all seats in the upright position boot space is limited to a not insignificant 308 litres, but this expands to a humongous total of 2325 litres with all but the front two seats folded.
On top of that the Galaxy is good to drive and well equipped, as well as being well finished and smart in appearance. It’s comfortable, too, and refined for such a large and practical car. Perhaps this dynamic competence is not surprising - it shares its underpinnings with the Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan, two cars that also head our list of favourite MPVs.
Engine options include a 2.0-litre diesel 118, 148 or 178bhp outputs, plus a 207bhp twin-turbo version. There’s also a choice of 158bhp 1.5-litre or 237bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines. Of these, the 2.0-litre diesel in 150(148bhp) spec is our choice, for its combination of punchy performance and excellent economy.
Meanwhile, three trim options are on offer: Zetec, Titanium or Titanium X. All are well equipped, with even the basic Zetec receiving alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, climate control and Ford’s own 8.0in touchscreen system complete with Bluetooth and DAB radio.
Overall, the Galaxy is an extremely practical and capable car that manages to be as much fun to drive as you could expect an MPV to be. Now it also makes an interesting used car proposition.