Review: Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015)

Rating:

Good to drive and comfortable. Versatile with foldaway seats. Generally good quality. Diesel automatic option. Plenty of room in all back seats.

No spare wheel but TPMS and runflat option from 2010.

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Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015): At A Glance

By "All New Galaxy", Ford means what it says. None of the new Galaxy is a carry-over from the old one. It isn't even made in the same factory. It has new engines, new transmissions, a new floorpan (from the next Mondeo) and it's now built in Gent in Belgium alongside the new S-Max, instead of in Portugal along with the VW Sharan and SEAT Alhambra that shared almost everything apart from their badges.

The old Galaxy sold a solid 10,000 a year in the UK; 100,000 over ten years, making it consistently the best selling 7 seater in the UK. Happily the new Galaxy improves on it in every respect apart from prices, which have been kept remarkably well contained.

Ford Galaxy 2006 Road Test

Ford Galaxy 2010 Road Test 

What does a Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £29,945
Buy new from £22,874
Contract hire from £316.67 per month
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Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4820 mm
Width 1884–2154 mm
Height 1764–1807 mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm

Full specifications

From many people's point of view, the most important improvement is that to get stuff in you don't have to chuck the back seats out. They all fold up, all five of them, not quite into the floor but to become a slightly raised floor.

They're also all separate, individual, full-sized seats. And all five of them slide backwards and forwards. You can carry seven rugby players hundreds of miles without any of them having to scrum down. And you can even get their kit in the back behind them.

Or you could put a couple of kids in the rearmost seats, slide them forward a bit and have plenty of room for a family's holiday luggage without having to fit a great big box on the top. Or you could become a part-time antique dealer, carrying sideboards from auction one day and little old ladies to their bridge schools the next.

The wide opening doors and low sills make it as easy to get in and out of as a C-Max, and as comfortable on a long run.

Child seats that fit a Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015)

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What's the Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015) like to drive?

It's versatile, comfortable, easy to enter and leave. What's it like to drive?

I tried two versions. A top spec 2.0TDCI Ghia 6-speed, and a bottom spec 1.8TDCI 100PS LX 5-speed.

The 2.0 litre diesel rides well, goes well, handles well and is generally fun to drive. It will cruise at really serious speeds with its Ford/PSA 16 valve common rail engine delivering more then 35mph for each 1,000rpm in 6th. Exactly the same as the C-Max with the same engine and transmission, in fact. Except, despite its greater weight, the Galaxy feels a lot smoother, more refined and just as nimble.

The same can't quite be said for the 100PS 1.8 litre diesel LX 5-speed. It's not quite as comfortable. It doesn't go as well. But the ride is just as good and the versatility of the seating in the back is exactly the same. It's the airport taxi version, and no point in an owner/driver paying more for the high spec 2.0 litre if he's going to be driving 100,000 miles a year. (Though possibly worth £800 to £1,000 extra for the 125PS 1.8 with 5-speed or 6-speed gearbox.)

Overall, an excellent vehicle. The finest full-size 7 seater MPV you can buy. And I make no apology if this reads like a rave review.

What's even better is that Ford is now achieving levels of quality equal to Audi and BMW, and better than Mercedes. All it needs is for the public to start accepting this, then Ford will be back into healthy profit making the cars we all want with a badge we can be proud to drive behind.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.6 EcoBoost Start-Stop 39 mpg 9.9 s 167 g/km
1.6 TDCi Start-Stop 54 mpg 13.4 s 139 g/km
1.8 TDCi 100 45 mpg - 165–166 g/km
1.8 TDCi 125 45–46 mpg - 165–166 g/km
1.8 TDCi 125 6-speed 45 mpg - 166 g/km
2.0 34–35 mpg 10.8 s 189–197 g/km
2.0 EcoBoost 35 mpg 8.8 s 189 g/km
2.0 FFV 34 mpg - 197 g/km
2.0 TDCi 115 50 mpg 12.6 s 152 g/km
2.0 TDCi 140 44–53 mpg 10.6 s 139–172 g/km
2.0 TDCi 140 PowerShift 47–50 mpg 11.1 s 149–159 g/km
2.0 TDCi 163 50–53 mpg 9.8 s 139–152 g/km
2.0 TDCi 163 PowerShift 47–50 mpg 10.4 s 149–159 g/km
2.2 TDCi 42–42 mpg 8.8 s 179 g/km
2.2 TDCi Automatic 40 mpg 9.1 s 189 g/km

Real MPG average for a Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

84%

Real MPG

22–51 mpg

MPGs submitted

356

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What have we been asked about the Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015)?

Every day we're asked hundreds of questions from car buyers and owners through Ask Honest John. Our team of experts, including the nation's favourite motoring agony uncle - Honest John himself - answer queries and conudrums ranging from what car to buy to how to care for it as an owner. If you could do with a spot of friendly advice before buying you're next car, get in touch and we'll do what we can to help.

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Does my Powershift automatic have a wet plate or a dry plate transmission?

I have a 2013 Ford Galaxy Zetec 2.0 TDCi with a Powershift transmission. Would it have wet plate or dry plate transmission?
That has a wet clutch six-speed Powershift that needs and absolutely has to have fresh fluid and filter every 3 years or every 38,000 miles whichever comes first otherwise it is likely to fail.
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