- Fantastic practicality
- High-quality interior
- Fantastic handling
- Petrol engines inefficient
- No hybrid option
- Body roll at high speeds
Ford’s biggest MPV offers great practicality for the large family buyer
The Ford Galaxy is a car that has spanned generations. Since its first introduction in 1994, the 7-seater Galaxy has consistently provided a great practical option for large families. Seen around the world at airports, and in use as luxury taxis, the Galaxy is instantly recognisable. Combining a fun to drive chassis, seven full-size seats, and a good quality interior, the Galaxy is a car that’s hard to beat at this level.
Recently updated in 2015, the third-generation Galaxy updates its looks, engines, and interior, making it more stylish, more practical, and more economical than ever.
Much improved quality makes the latest Galaxy one of the class leaders
One of the places where the Galaxy really excels is in its cabin. Much improved over previous models, the Galaxy is a fantastic place to be in, both as a driver, and a passenger.
The dashboard of the Galaxy is one place where old models lagged behind. The newest model, however, combines a simple, easy-to-use dashboard layout, focused around an 8-inch monitor, with high-quality soft-touch plastics used throughout. It has an almost German-like feel that you'd expect in more high-end alternatives. Classic, contemporary, ergonomic, the Galaxy really is a fantastic place to be in.
When it comes to storage, the Galaxy really comes into its own. With over 300 litres of boot space available with the sixth and seventh seats folded up, there’s more than enough space for nearly every family's need. But with these two seats folded down, you get an incredible 1301 litres, and with all but the front seats folded, you’ll get 2339 litres, space that is only really rivalled by mid-sized vans. There’s also plenty of room inside, with seven full-seats, and great flexibility, there’s enough space to comfortably transport seven adults. There really aren’t many cars out there that come close to the Galaxy’s impeccable practicality.
Equipment levels are also impressive. The entry-level Zetec trim comes as standard with an 8-inch touchscreen system, that includes a DAB radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also 17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, and climate control. For an entry-level trim, this is outstanding. Optional extras include Ford's City Brake and Lane Assist systems, both of which may be of interest to safety-conscious buyers.
All in all, the Galaxy is one of the best cars in its class when it comes to its interior. If it's quality, space, practicality, and high-levels of standard spec that you’re after, look no further than the Ford Galaxy.
Smooth ride quality and fantastic handling set the Galaxy apart from rivals
Another area where the Galaxy really excels is in its handling. Unlike a lot of large 7-seater MPVs, the Galaxy is actually quite a fun car to drive. Whilst it feels big in terms of space, it’s driving experience is one that can rival smaller cars. The ride quality is as smooth as they come, handling the endless potholes on British roads with ease. It’s also surprisingly nimble, and whilst there might be some body roll at high speeds, and turn-in isn’t the most accurate, for a car this big, the driving experience is truly excellent.
Based on the same platform as the Ford Mondeo and its little brother the Ford S-Max, Ford has used its expert technology to give the Galaxy features a smoother, less sporty suspension, that moves its substantial weight through any situation with ease.
Gearbox options on the Galaxy are limited to three options. There’s the standard 6-speed manual gearbox that runs throughout most of the range, as well as a 6-speed PowerShift semi-automatic, and a fully-automatic gearbox available in the 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi 240PS Automatic. The manual is sharp and quick, whilst the PowerShift box is incredibly composed shifting between gears. Whichever box you go for, it’s certain to impress.
Decent range of solid engines, with the diesels being the pick of the bunch
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Galaxy, you’ve got those two habitual options - petrol or diesel. There’s no electric or hybrid traction options available at the minute, but there are rumours of a hybrid-diesel option that may appear in the future.
Whilst power might not be at the forefront of buyers minds when purchasing a large MPV, the Galaxy does offer drivers who want an engine packing a punch a great option. The 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, found in the Titanium trim, is taken from the supremely fast Ford Focus ST. It is, however, tuned down a little bit, whilst still offering an impressive 240bhp. This will get you from 0-62mph in just over eight and a half seconds. For a car as big as the Galaxy, this is going to feel supremely quick.
For the eco-friendly family, the best engine in the range is the 2.0-litre TDCi 150 diesel. Whilst it might not be the best for the environment, producing 129g/km of C02, for a car this size, it’s certainly impressive. It also happens to be the best when it comes to saving money on fuel. Providing an average of 56.5mpg, this engine will save you as much on tax as it will on diesel. For practical family buyers, this is definitely the option to look out for.
Whatever engine your used Ford Galaxy has, you’ll be getting a smooth, refined engine that will power you around town, and on long motorway journeys with aplomb. And, whilst the diesels are arguably the best of the bunch, the petrols on offer really aren’t half bad either - and certainly in need of some serious consideration.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with lots of standard safety equipment
As you’d expect from such a family-orientated car, the Galaxy achieved a 5-star NCAP safety rating with ease. It is roughly on a par with its rivals, bettering the Renault Espace on adult safety, and the Seat Alhambra and VW Sharan on child safety. The Galaxy also has 7 airbags, traction control, and stability control, amongst many other standard safety features. There’s also the option of a £900 safety package, that includes lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic city braking. The Galaxy really is a car that puts your family’s safety first.
Reasonably cheap to run, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
For such a big car, the Galaxy is surprisingly cheap to run, especially if you go for the more fuel efficient diesel options. The 2.0-litre TDCi 150 engine is easily the best option to go for if you value cheap road tax and great fuel-efficiency. And, whilst petrol engines might be a little bit more thirsty, they still fall in line with all the key competitors.
Insurance wise, it depends on which model you choose to go for. The cheapest in the range is the aforementioned 2.0-litre TDCi 150 Zetec, which falls into group 17, with the most expensive being the powerful range-topping 2.0-litre TDCi Titanium X, which finds itself in group 28. These groups are roughly the same as the Galaxy’s main rivals.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Ford Galaxy, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, if you're really looking to get your money's worth, you’re better off looking for an inspected used Ford Galaxy.
The Ford Galaxy is one of the best-selling large MPVs of all-time, and for good reason. The newest Galaxy is one of the most complete large MPVs on sale today. With incredible practicality and a surprisingly responsive driving experience, this will please every member of the family, from Dad, to dog.
Buying a used Ford Galaxy online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Ford Galaxy for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Galaxy. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Ford Galaxy online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Ford? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Ford Galaxy, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Galaxy, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Ford to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.