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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Class-leading, but increasingly in a class of its own

Ford Galaxy (15 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Comfort oriented
  • Practicality for all
  • Room for seven adults
  • Well-equipped for the price

CONS

  • Not cheap to buy or least
  • S-Max is a better drive
  • Addison Lee image

At a glance

New price £33,210 - £41,570
Used price £7,810 - £29,865
Used monthly cost £193 - £737
Fuel economy 35 - 56 mpg
Road tax cost £125 - £465
Insurance group 17 - 31 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Comfort oriented
  • Practicality for all
  • Room for seven adults
  • Well-equipped for the price

CONS

  • Not cheap to buy or least
  • S-Max is a better drive
  • Addison Lee image

Ford Galaxy rivals

The Ford Galaxy is a true people carrier - the latest in a line of MPVs that first appeared back in 1995. As the name implies, space is a significant aspect of this large car, which can seat seven adults in comfort. It's one of the few traditional MPVs remaining on the market, competing with the SEAT Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan twins.

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If you need passenger space and don't want a tall SUV, though, there are some alternatives - the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, SsangYong Turismo and Mercedes-Benz V-Class could be considered.

And yes, it is all-new – the Galaxy’s evolutionary styling, much of which is shared with the (slightly) smaller Ford S-Max, rides on the same underpinnings as the latest Mondeo family, sharing many of its engines too.

Still the space champion?

Everything you can see, inside and out, about the Ford Galaxy is all new, yet the visual link to its predecessor is clear. After the introduction of the S-Max, however, Ford chose to let the Galaxy expand a little more, and with increased space the interior was also taken further upmarket.

As well as a greater emphasis on luxury, Ford believes the extra space in the third row of seats will appeal to families with older children, or who regularly transport adults. This is an MPV which can seat seven in comfort without resorting to commercial vehicle handling or refinement.

It’s easier to live with than other people carriers, especially if you choose a Titanium specification model and opt for the related Family Pack which includes electrically-folding middle and rear row seats; that back row can also be raised at the touch of a button.

Ford Galaxy interior trim, 2015, centre seats

More comfort-biased than the S-Max, the latest Galaxy remains one of the more engaging cars to drive in this segment, although it feels more at home cruising smooth highways than tackling a series of B-road S-bends.

Equipment, specs and tech

It’s no great surprise that the Ford Galaxy comes in three familiar trim levels: Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.

Even the Zetec could hardly be described as entry-level, with 17-inch alloy wheels, Ford Sync3 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, complete with Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay, electrically-folding mirrors and dual-zone climate control among the highlights.

While each version is well-equipped for its price point, there’s a bulging catalogue of optional extras to further increase the Galaxy’s convenience and safety credentials.

Adaptive LED headlights with ‘glare free’ technology, a front camera, self-levelling rear suspension and adaptive cruise control are expected to be among the more popular choices.

New EcoBlue diesel engine and automatic gearbox from 2018

A new range of diesel engines were introduced to provide better efficiency, refinement and a wider selection of performance options. The 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine can be had with 120hp, 150hp or 190hp versions, along with a range-topping 240hp twin-turbo version for high spec models.

A six-speed manual is standard on most, but an eight-speed automatic gearbox is available on all bar the 120hp version. These models also adopt the rotary gear selector first seen in the smaller Focus hatchback.

Redesigned looks and added tech for 2019

Following the introduction of the latest generation EcoBlue diesel engines into the range, the Ford Galaxy received a further update in an effort to keep up with its competitors – chiefly through its looks and technology within the car.

In terms of the exterior, the Galaxy bears a slight resemblance to the upcoming Puma SUV, with a tweaked grille and bumper design. New 19-inch alloy wheels were also made available as an option.

Inside, 18-way adjustable front seats were made available on Zetec and Titanium versions and claims to help those who suffer with back pain, while the optional FordPass Connect system allows the driver to access the Ford Pass app to check on features such as oil life, alarm status, fuel levels and the ability to remote lock or unlock the vehicle.

Read on for the full Parkers Ford Galaxy review

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