Extremely spacious, generously equipped and hugely versatile, the Ford Galaxy is also a delight to drive. In the words of Autotrader, “It's as good as MPVs get”.
As the Galaxy's an MPV, let’s start with its impressive space and versatility. Seven adults can travel in comfort, even if they’re taller than average. The middle row of seats slides and all five second and third row seats collapse, so the Galaxy can be configured in all sorts of ways. Fold all five seats down and the 300-litre boot billows to 2,339 litres. There's also heaps of storage within the cabin, including a huge glove box, bins under the seats and a large overhead shelf.
But the most remarkable thing about all that space is that once you get on the road, you forget about it. Because this is a Ford, and the drive is more akin to that of a smaller car. The beefy engines provide plenty of pulling power and control, and the Galaxy is poised, comfortable, smooth and controlled. The steering is responsive and the car grips the road reassuringly well; in short, it's a pleasure to drive.
The cabin is light, airy and smart, but this isn't a case of style over substance. The materials are resilient enough to withstand heavy family use, while supportive seats ensure you and your passengers will be comfortable on long journeys. Despite its dimensions, the Galaxy is easy to manoeuvre and park, thanks in part to the large amount of glass and good driving position, which ensure visibility is excellent in all directions.
The latest Galaxy offers a choice of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 118bhp, 148bhp, 178bhp or 207bhp, or two turbopetrol engines: a 1.5-litre 158bhp unit and a 2.0-litre unit with 237bhp. All the diesel engines return more than 50mpg, and with servicing only necessary every 20,000 miles, running costs should be low.
The also Galaxy scored a full five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, and standard safety features across the board include airbags, electronic stability control, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, and curve control, which helps you keep control of the car in bends.
In terms of technology, there’s lots going on too. Air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and fog lights are standard on all trims, while Titanium variants add satellite navigation and cruise control. You’ll also benefit from Ford's SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system, with a DAB radio and CD player, Bluetooth, USB and emergency assistance, which automatically calls the emergency services in the event of a crash.
If you'd like to test drive one of our second-hand Ford Galaxy models – or any of our other used cars for sale – just give us a call at our Maidstone and Harlow dealership. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, take you for a test drive and talk you through our car finance options.