What's the used Ford Galaxy MPV like?
Like its smaller sibling, the Ford S-Max, the Ford Galaxy is a seven-seat MPV that's been known through all its generations for being both good to drive and massively spacious inside.
For its first generation, which ran from 1995 to 2006 and was facelifted in 2001, it actually shared its underpinnings with the contemporary Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan. However, this 2006 model, labelled as the third generation version, was an all-new vehicle unique to Ford.
Although this new car lost none of the driver appeal of the old one, it wasn't quite as good to drive as the smaller S-Max, but that's mainly down to its softer suspension and increased bulk. That doesn't mean it drives badly, though, because it's decently refined with whatever engine you pick out from its wide range, petrol or diesel, and it's composed over bumps and handles corners well. It's a large car but it never really feels it, shrinking around you on the road, thanks to its precise steering and eager handling. There's some wind noise at speed, but road noise isn't really noticeable.
There's plenty of leg and head room for all passengers - even those using the two rearmost seats. In the rear middle row, there's decent room for three adults and the width of the cabin comes in handy if you're trying, for example, to fit three child seats back there. The Galaxy's designers have certainly made good use of the space available, the six inches of height this car gains over its S-Max stablemate being put to good use. All five rear seats also fold flat into the floor when not needed, creating a van-rivalling 2325-litre space to transport bulky items. With all seats in place, the boot is big enough for a few reasonably sized bags.
The driving position and dashboard ergonomics are hard to fault. The driver has an upright seating position that allows clear all-round visibility. Ford resculpted the centre console to incorporate an integrated armrest and even more storage space than most families could find use for.
The Galaxy was facelifted in 2010, with a revised exterior design, upgraded interior materials and features, a range of more efficient powertrains and a host of driver-focused technologies aimed at improving safety and comfort. At the same time trim levels and standard equipment lists were also updated.
Most Galaxy customers chose a diesel engine to power their cars, and these TDCi variants are all 2.0-litres in size, with the base-level 115 engine struggling a bit to shift a fully loaded car uphill. Those who prefer a bit of shove would be better to seek out the 140 or 163 models. The 2010 facelift introduced the all-new 1.6T 160 and 2.0-litre 203 EcoBoost petrol engines to the range, both smooth performers but not as economical, and ultimately therefore not as popular in terms of sales, as the diesels.