Ford Galaxy

Ford Galaxy motability carWhy do Ford make two vehicles that are seven seaters? Along with the Galaxy Ford also offer the S-Max which is a very capable seven seater. The simple answer is that if you are serious over space or carry more than five people on a regular basis then the Galaxy is the best option.  The S-Max may be sportier and only a few inches shorter but the Galaxy has the advantage of more headroom in the third row of seats, which also move backwards and forwards, so you can actually fit your weeks shopping and a pushchair in the car with all seven seats up, if you want a boot as big as a cave then drop the rear two seats flat and you have five individual seats with enough room to carry all the luggage and camping equipment for the family ‘Grand Vacance’.

 

Ford Galaxy Motability car cut awayThis new Ford Galaxy has the updated Ford front which has definitely given it a visual lift, even if its lines are familiar. Internal quality has moved up a notch.  The Galaxy is now only avaialble in Titanium trim which comes with an 8 inch touchscreen with SYNC3 and a built in Sat Nav, 17 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, all-round electric windows, power start button, front fog lights, daytime running lights, cruise control, privacy glass, automatic lights and wipers and a heated front windscreen. The Lux pack (£2500 at retail) adds LED Headlamps, full leather seats, heated front seats, power front seats and a Power tailgate.

 

Ford Galaxy Motability car dashThe Galaxy is surprising easy to drive, it does not in any way feel van like or of a scary size, it actually feels narrower to drive than look at, it is however very long and while you have a good view of the front of the car from the wonderful driving position the rear feels a long way away making the dual parking sensors more than a little helpful. Comfort extends beyond the driver’s seat as all are wide and high up ensuring all passengers get a good view, in my experience this stops the children from feeling sick, the rear doors are enormous and wide opening ensuring entry into the rearmost seats is a doddle, the three middle row seats have Isofix and there is no problem fitting three child seats or housing three adults, the rearmost seats offer room for adults and the large windows help the car feel designed for seven unlike some large MPV’s where it feels a couple of seats have been bolted into the boot.

 

Ford Galaxy Motability car frontFord have removed the trusty diesel engine and replaced this with a 2.5 litre petrol hybrid, the 1.1kWh battery is charged by regeneration processes and the petrol engine turning. Combined the power output is 187 brake horse power and 0-62 miles per hour is a sprightly 10 seconds. The Galaxy is still able to pull an 1800kg caravan but you will miss out on the torque of the diesel for uphill sections and overtakes. The official economy of 43.5 miles per gallon is the same as the outgoing diesel. The Galaxy is only avaialble as a CVT Automatic.

 Winter Best Buy – Ford Galaxy Titanium 2.5 litre petrol Hybrid 187bhp  Automatic  –  £3545 Advance Payment (£2389 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Ford Galaxy Titanium (with Lux Pack) 2.5 litre petrol Hybrid 187bhp  Automatic  –  £4245 Advance Payment (£3089 wpms)