Ford Galaxy Review 2023
Ford Galaxy At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 17–28
On average it achieves 70% of the official MPG figure
We could mount a strong case for the Ford Galaxy being the perfect seven-seat MPV. Over many years, Ford has honed the Galaxy to within an inch of perfection, making it the ideal choice if you’re after an MPV with seven proper seats. Not five seats with a couple of cramped excuses for seats in the third row. A proper seven-seater.
Ford has a habit of building cars that could stake a claim for being the brand generic in their respective segments. Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, Transit, even the Mustang. Then there’s this: the Ford Galaxy. It is, without question, one of the best seven-seat MPVs you can buy.
Launched in 2015, and facelifted in 2019, the Galaxy is a genuine seven-seater. That’s seven seats for seven adults, not seats for five people and a couple of grumbling children in the very back. Little wonder the Galaxy has become the choice of private hire firms across the land.
It’s not in the least bit exciting, but if you want some flair to go with your seven-seater – at the expense of some practicality – the S-Max is a ready-made alternative. Not that we’d steer you away from the Galaxy, because this is the kind of vehicle designed to make family life as stress-free as possible.
Even in seven-seat mode, the boot offers 300 litres of luggage space, which is roughly the same amount you’ll find in a spacious supermini or a small family hatchback. There’s a massive 1,301 litres available in five-seat mode, or a cavernous 2,339 litres if you don’t need the five rear seats. Throw into the mix three Isofix points, plenty of storage bins and pockets, plus the ability to slide the middle row of seats back and forth, and you’ve got the hallmarks of the perfect family transport.
It gets better, because the cabin has a surprisingly upmarket feel, while even the entry-level Zetec trim packs a generous level of standard equipment. You could find that you don’t need to upgrade to the Titanium trim.
While it’s not as nice to drive as the Ford S-Max, you’ll appreciate the lofty driving position and the comfortable ride. There’s very little wind and road noise, even on a motorway, while the fact that it’s based on the same platform as the Mondeo means that it doesn’t turn to blancmange when you reach a corner.
The petrol engines were ditched as part of the 2019 facelift, so you’re left with a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine available in a choice of outputs. The 150hp version should be adequate for your needs, but a more powerful 190hp version and all-wheel-drive are available if you need them. We think the 150hp engine in Zetec trim and the eight-speed automatic transmission is the Galaxy range sweet-spot.
Everything is shaping up to be a perfect review, then? Almost, but not quite. The dull styling lets the side down, as does the drab cabin. There’s also the image, with the Galaxy associated with private hire firms and taxi operators.
If such things matter little to you, then you’ll find much to love about the Ford Galaxy. Why cram your family into a ‘5+2’ SUV or MPV when the Galaxy allows everyone to enjoy plenty of headroom and legroom? You’ll also be the most popular person on the street when your neighbours need a lift to the airport…
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