Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015) Review

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Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 16–27
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

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.

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

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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

376

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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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Are Ford Galaxy automatics reliable?
"Are there any problems with the Ford Galaxy 2008 automatic gearbox?"
If they get an oil and filter service every 3 years or 38,000 miles they are generally reliable. But these services cost £250 upwards so are often neglected and that's what leads to the failure of the transmissions.
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I tried to safely assist my Ford Galaxy's passive DPF regeneration - is my engine okay?
"I've recently purchased a 2011 Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi. After the local Ford dealer changed oil and all filters they advised me to (as the car was immobile for months) execute the following procedure after proper warm-in to aid the passive regeneration of the DPF. On the motorway: drive in fourth gear at 2500rpm for ten minutes, afterwards drive at 3000rpm for ten minutes and finally drive at 3500rpm for five to ten minutes. After this, drive normally. I did what they advised, but many of my colleagues told me that this wasn't a good idea. Did I do any harm to my engine?"
You'll have done no harm and this will have meant that it didn't need to actively regenerate. I'm finding with a Renault Kadjar diesel that I need fifth gear for 50mph contraflows (and 2000rpm) or the DPF does not passively regenerate sufficiently.
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What car can fit 3 child seats, plus reasonable boot space, for £6000?
"My son is looking to swap his 2011 Peugeot 508 SW for an old Volvo XC90 to accommodate a growing family. He wants to be able to fit 3 child seats in the back and still have room for luggage on long trips. Economy is important so petrol engines are out. The budget is about £6000 but I'm worried about expensive servicing and repairs on something like the XC90. He has struggled to find a clean Ford Galaxy in his price range and says the boot is too small when all the seats are up. Can you recommend some alternatives?"
A £6000 XC90 is likely to be an expensive mechanical nightmare. What might work is a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life. I've been in the rearmost seat of one 7-up with luggage and it was fine. If he wants big and cheap, maybe a Hyundai i800, a KIA Sedona or a Ssangyong Rodius. These three are not recommendations, though.
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What does a Ford Galaxy (2006 – 2015) cost?

Buy new from £25,717 (list price from £33,551)
Contract hire from £362.45 per month