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Ford Galaxy Estate engines, drive and performance

2000 - 2006 (change model)
Performance rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 10 October 2023

There’s five engines to choose from and all but one of them are sourced from Volkswagen. Go for the 2.3 (the only Ford engine) if you’re after a petrol – it’s the best all-rounder. Diesel buyers should go for the 115 or 130bhp TDI – the 90bhp version is underpowered. All models come with VW’s six-speed gearbox, with the exception of the Ford-built 2.3.

If you’re used to driving a Mondeo or Vectra, then you should get on with Galaxy – the handling isn’t that different. It’s surprisingly easy to navigate through narrow streets, with good steering and a precise gearchange. Visibility is good all round. The ride is impressively supple.