Review: Ford Galaxy (2015)
As big and as practical as ever. Excellent refinement and ride quality. Plenty of modern technology. Affordable running costs. Five star Euro NCAP rating.
Expensive, particularly in upper trim levels. Options add even more cost. S-MAX is cheaper.
Ford Galaxy (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £29,945, brokers can source from £25,497
- Contract hire deals from £362.45 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 17–28
- On average it achieves 69% of the official MPG figure
Impressive versatility and practicality are what have made the Ford Galaxy a success in the past, so Ford has chosen to stick the formula for the 2015 model. That means you still get plenty of space for passengers and luggage, but with the benefit some added luxury, improved refinement, more up-to-date safety technology and cleaner engines.
The Galaxy is a seven-seater as standard. Access to the rearmost seats isn’t too bad, plus you can buy an optional system to fold and unfold them with just one finger. There is a surprising amount of space - even adults will fit, though they would be happier in the spacious middle row, which has three reclining and sliding seats.
All of the seats can be folded flat to enlarge the load area to its maximum capacity – a colossal 2339 litres. Even with the middle row in place there is an impressive 700 litres on offer and, while things do get a little restricted in seven-seat mode, there is still an acceptable amount of room for smaller cases or shopping.
Not only is the cabin spacious and practical, it is also well screwed together. Material quality is good, with a mixture of soft-touch materials or harder-wearing plastics where needed. Standard equipment includes a touchscreen system, while upper trim grades get safety gadgets including lane keep assistance and cruise control that can adapt to the current speed limit.
The Ford Galaxy is a favourite among private hire taxi firms, not only because it is versatile but because it has surprisingly low running costs. The mainstay of the engine range is a 2.0-litre TDCi with power outputs ranging from 120PS up to 210PS. Emissions are as low as 129g/km and claimed economy goes up to 56.5mpg. There are also 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines available.
Ride comfort and refinement are excellent, even on rough surfaces and while the Galaxy is far from dynamic and fun like the smaller S-MAX, it is certainly capable enough to tackle twisting roads. Some options will help out urban drivers too, including an automated parking system and a rearview camera.
A Ford Galaxy doesn’t come cheap – a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso can be bought for thousands less – but for a professional driver or a growing family you can’t argue with the practicality, comfort, refinement and safety gadgets. It is definitely worth checking out rivals, though, such as the SEAT Alhambra or, if you’re on a tight budget, the practical but relatively crude SsangYong Turismo.
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Ford Galaxy (2015): What's It Like Inside?
The Ford Galaxy is a seven-seater as standard with a pair of seats that fold flat into the boot floor. These are surprisingly spacious, with enough room for adults at a push – though they are better suited to children. The middle row is adequate though and taller occupants will be at home here even on longer journeys.
The seats in the middle row slide and recline, enabling passengers to find a nice comfortable position or to free up a little more room for whoever drew the short straw and ended up in row three. The middle row also folds down flat – with all of the rear seats down there is a huge 2339 litres of space from floor to ceiling. Load volume with the middle row in place is 700 litres, while in seven-seat layout that drops to a still useable 300 litres. There are three middle row Isofix mounting points, too.
Up front the cabin benefits from the latest Ford technology including the SYNC 2 touchscreen system, which is standard across the Galaxy range. This easy-to-use system has four on-screen quadrants, one each for navigation, phone connectivity, media and car settings. Also standard is dual-zone climate control, DAB radio and parking sensors.
There are some much more interesting technologies available on Titanium models, including keyless entry, lane assist and cruise control with an active speed limiter – but even this mid-grade model is expensive. Top models are obviously even pricier, but do gain a rearview camera and automatic parking system.
Among the options is a very handy electronic folding mechanism for the rear two seats, which lets you raise or lower them with a button in the boot. This saves scrambling in the back of the car with a gang of ruthless children interfering. Other highlights from the fairly comprehensive options list include power rear sun blinds to keep VIPs hidden from the paps and a 230v three pin socket for the middle row.
Zetec is the entry grade and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, SYNC 2 touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, power folding door mirrors, dual-zone air conditioning, electric handbrake, three Isofix points and roof rails.
Titanium trim adds navigation, tinted rear glass, LED running lights, auto lights, auto wipers, keyless entry, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, cruise control with active speed limiter, chrome exterior details and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Titanium X is the top trim and adds a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, 10 way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, a power tailgate, active park assistant and a rearview camera.
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What's the Ford Galaxy (2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.5 EcoBoost 160 to 2.0 EcoBoost 240
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 23–45 mpg
The Ford Galaxy is predominantly sold with a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel, available with outputs of 120PS, 150PS, and 180PS. At the top of the tree is a bi-turbo model with 210PS.
However, it's the 150PS and 180PS variants which offer the best blend of performance, running costs and value. Both are optionally available with the Powershift automatic gearbox too.
The manual variants of both the 150PS and 180PS TDCi engines have the same emissions figures of 129g/km, with economy of 56.5mpg – impressive for a big heavy MPV. The differences between the two engines aren’t huge, but for those who regularly drive with a fully loaded car the 400Nm of torque of the 180PS version (50Nm more than the 150PS engine) will make the difference.
There are petrol options available – a 1.5-litre with 160PS and a 2.0-litre with 240PS – though these are appreciably less economical than the diesel engines, so are probably best reserved for low-mileage and urban drivers. Conversely, those who live in the wilds might be interested in a four-wheel drive diesel variant – wither 150PS with a manual or 180PS with an automatic.
The entry-level 120PS diesel is probably best avoided if you tend to drive the Galaxy with a full cabin. It has 310Nm of torque but it is spread over a very narrow band in the rev range, limiting its usefulness for most buyers. Equally the top biturbo TDCi is probably unnecessary for most buyers, since it is only available in the highest Titanium X trim and is expensive.
On the road the Ford Galaxy is impressively quiet and refined, with very little noise intruding into the cabin. Ride quality is very good, with potholes and bumps absorbed easily and quietly. On a twisting route the drive isn’t fun, like in a C-MAX or S-MAX, but there is plenty of traction to go with the nicely-weighted steering.
The Galaxy is much more at home on a wide, gentle motorway or A-road than a twisting lane. Here it feels as quiet and relaxed as a more luxurious machine. Some of the extras on higher grades make motorway life easier, including cruise control that can be set to automatically change speed depending on the current speed limit and a system to help keep a safe distance from cars ahead.
In and around town the Galaxy does feel a little unwieldy but some of the extras on higher trim grades help out. These include an automated parking system, collision-mitigating brakes and a reversing camera. The optional Powershift transmission really comes into its own in town too. It shifts smoothly up and down making life easy in stop/start traffic, plus it only increases emissions by 10g/km with the 150PS/180PS diesel engines. Economy drops too, but only by 4.2mpg to 52.3mpg.
|1.5 EcoBoost 160||43 mpg||10.0 s||149 g/km|
|1.5 EcoBoost 165||38 mpg||10.0 s||170 g/km|
|2.0 EcoBoost 240||36 mpg||8.6 s||180 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 120||55–57 mpg||13.6 s||129–135 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150||55–57 mpg||10.9 s||129–133 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 Automatic||53 mpg||10.9 s||140 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 AWD||49 mpg||12.2 s||155 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 150 Powershift||54 mpg||10.9 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180||57 mpg||9.8 s||129 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180 Powershift||52 mpg||9.6 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 180 Powershift AWD||49 mpg||10.6 s||149 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 190||55 mpg||9.8 s||133 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 190 Automatic||54 mpg||9.6 s||136 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 190 Automatic AWD||46 mpg||10.6 s||159 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 210 Powershift||51 mpg||8.9 s||144 g/km|
|2.0 TDCi 240 Automatic||46 mpg||8.9 s||158 g/km|
|TDCi 150 AWD||52 mpg||12.2 s||139 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Ford Galaxy (2015)
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