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Ford Galaxy Estate running costs and reliability

2000 - 2006 (change model)
Running costs rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

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

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 23 - 43 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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An expensive car to own, despite attractive new prices and wide availability. Fuel consumption on the diesels is adequate, but the 2.8 V6 will rarely give more than 25mpg. Servicing can be pricey.

Galaxy performs fairly badly on the eco front. With an average of 216 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are a touch high for a people carrier. However, it’s worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

The range is not particularly economical, averaging 35.2 mpg.

Volkswagen’s input into the interior is clear, with high quality materials and precise assembly. 1995-2000 models did have some mechanical problems, but these appear to have been sorted.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £320 - £395
Insurance group 22 - 31
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