Ford Galaxy (2015) Review

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Ford Galaxy (2015) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £28,000, brokers can source from £25,717
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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Real MPG average for a Ford Galaxy (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

69%

Real MPG

23–45 mpg

MPGs submitted

93

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ASK HJ

Are there any cars with sliding doors that fit three child seats?
I want a car or MPV with sliding doors for a family of three kids and two adults. I currently have a Ford S-MAX and we can get three child seats in the middle row but obviously that doesn’t have sliding doors. I’m considering the Mazda 5 but want to know if the middle row will hold three seats. We don’t want to go as big as the SEAT Alhambra. Hope you can help.
Unfortunately, the Mazda 5 is not compatible with what you want. It's very unlikely to seat all three kids in the back - and it only has two Isofix anchor points in the second row anyway. That leaves you with two options (unless you can think of an alternative model I haven't): 1) a larger car like the Sharan or MPV with sliding doors, 2) a slightly smaller car without sliding doors. You're unlikely to get a smaller car with sliding doors, essentially. Here are some models that fit three child seats across the back (but not all have three Isofix points): 1)Audi Q7 2) Peugeot 5008 3)VW Touran 4) VW Sharan/SEAT Alhambra 5) Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 6) Ford Galaxy 7) Renault Grand Scenic 8) Citroen C5 Aircross (two outer seats get isofix mounts) 9) Vauxhall Combo Life/Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter (second row gets 3 isofix points and fits 3 child seats, but the third row with two seats isn't suitable for car seats. It has sliding doors but is obviously much larger than your S-MAX as it's van-based). 10) Volvo XC90
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Is the Ford Powershift gearbox reliable?
I am a fan of the Ford Galaxy - I am currently driving my fourth manual model. However, I am thinking of changing to an automatic as I get older. What are Ford automatics like?
Like a wet clutch DSG, the 6-speed wet clutch Getrag Powershift in the Galaxy requires a change of transmission fluid every three years or every 38,000 miles whichever comes first and if they don't get this they are prone to failure. Since the current model was introduced in 2016 they have had 6-speed torque converter autos and these were replaced in late 2018 with 8-speed torque converter autos, identified by a rotary selector.
Answered by Honest John
Is the Powershift in the Ford Galaxy reliable?
Would a 2012 Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi with a Powershift transmission be prone to suffer expensive transmission repair bills in the future? I have read adverse reports on the Powershift transmission, but not sure if they apply to the dry plate transmission as in the Fiesta and Focus or the wet plate transmission as fitted to Ford diesels?
The high torque wet clutch Powershift in the Mondeo, Galaxy and S-MAX is reasonably reliable. But, like a wet clutch DSG, absolutely has to have a change of fluid and filter every three years or 38k miles, whichever comes first, or it is prone to failure. Because this costs £200 to £400, many people neglect it and that's where the Powershift's reputation for failure came from.
Answered by Honest John
Our car won't start and no one seems to know why?
I have a 2011 Ford Galaxy and it has just stopped starting. It is currently sitting at our local Ford garage who have run two diagnostic tests - one mechanical and one electrical test - and have come up. They have apparently emailed the Ford technical department for further advice and what to do next. Can you help with any advice? When we tried to start it, it didn't turn over at all. There was just a lot of clicking and a slight smell of electrical burning from under the bonnet.
If a diesel engine fails to start from cold then either the fuel is not getting through (possibly low pressure tank sender pump or injection pump failure) or the glowplugs are not glowing. It reads like the starter motor and ring seized together. The clicking is the relay opening. The smell of electrical burning is from persistently trying to make a connection to a failed, seized electrical component.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Ford Galaxy (2015) cost?

Buy new from £25,717 (list price from £33,551)
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