FORD

FORD GALAXY DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 EcoBlue 190 Titanium 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2170 g/km

GALAXY QUEST

Ford's Galaxy offers a sensible take on large People Carrier motoring. June Neary tries it.

Will It Suit Me?

If you want a large People Carrier, then this one just has to be on your list - doesn't it? Ford's Galaxy. This car is now in its fourth generation and is very firmly the sensible-shoes choice in Ford's large MPV line-up. The same engineering is used to create the brand's more stylish but slightly less practical S-MAX model. But the Galaxy is the car you choose if all you really care about is practicality. Feeling in a practical mood, I thought I'd try one.

Practicalities

I should start with the practicalities shouldn't I? There was certainly no problem loading seven of us in the Galaxy. You get 40mm more headroom in the third row this time round and a lot of thought has clearly gone into making the third row of seats more spacious and usable. Passengers there now get their own armrest storage and cup holders. You won't have to wrestle the seats up and down either. They can be raised from the boot floor at the touch of a button and both second and third rows can also be dropped flat from the front by using a console-mounted button. There's an additional 20-litres of stowage beneath the flat boot floor and the door bins are significantly bigger too. And at the wheel? Well, it certainly feels nicer inside this time round, the most noticeable cabin feature being the fascia's big 10-inch digital display that incorporates the excellent SYNC3 infotainment system, there to play its part in reducing button clutter and giving the cabin a cleaner, smarter feel. This set-up's divided into four colour-coded sectors that allow you to control audio, 'phone, climate control and (where fitted) sat nav functions via touchscreen buttons. Heating and ventilation is also covered off by switchgear below the screen, which is just as well since the display buttons can be a little slow and fiddly to use. Instead of stabbing away at these, it's better to try and master the system's impressive voice-activated functionality that allows you to issue simple 'one shot' commands, like 'play song' to play a track from a CD, 'where am I?' to find out where you are or even 'I'm hungry' to bring up a list of local restaurants from the system's built-in Michelin Guide. Directions can then be activated from the split-screen navigation display. Practical touches include overhead space for your sunglasses in a compartment that opens to also reveal one of those useful little extra mirrors that allow you to keep an eye on what the kids are doing in the back. It's just one of a whole range of storage compartments dotted around the cabin into which all those Stickle Bricks, felt pens and Minion sweets can be crammed. All are all useful in terms of size and shape and include a fascia top storage box this time round, as well as a neat pull-out cubby down to the right of the steering wheel and a lidded box at the bottom of the centre console that it's for storage of your 'phone or iPod as it incorporates Aux-in, USB and SD Card points, as well as a 12v socket.

Behind the Wheel

The 150PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine in my test car was a revelation to me. There was only the barest hint when I turned on the ignition that the car was a diesel at all. On the motorway the Galaxy soaked up the miles and I was very impressed with its cruising qualities and comfort on long motorway trips. The TDCi diesel also comes in 120PS and 190PS guises and you can specify 4-Wheel Drive if you want it. The petrol option is Ford's 165PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine. Self-levelling rear suspension is also available, while the optional 'Continuous Control Damping System' delivers a choice between Comfort, Normal or Sport driving modes. The height of the vehicle means excellent all round vision and the wing mirrors are easily adjusted at the touch of a button. I didn't have problems with the sheer size of the car whilst driving down tight country lanes, either. The glassy all-round visibility helps here.

Value For Money

The 2.0 TDCi 150PS model I tried cost just over £32,000 but Galaxy pricing starts at around the £28,000 mark. There are three main trim levels - Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X. AWD is an option with the 150 and 190PS 2.0 TDCi engines. Those kinds of figures continue to pitch this car directly against two key rivals, SEAT's Alhambra and Volkswagen's Sharan. All Galaxy models now get second-row seat side airbags, in addition to twin front, driver knee, and full-length curtain airbags. Second-row seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters enhance rear passenger safety. There are also seatbelt minders for all three rows. My favourite feature? Well it's the MyKey technology you also get included. This helps with safety, allowing owners to programme a key that can inhibit incoming phone calls, restrict top speed, prevent deactivation of driver assistance and safety features, reduce audio system maximum volume and disable the audio system altogether if occupants are not using safety belts. Great if you've teenage kids wanting to borrow the car. Vehicle stability is enhanced with Curve Control and Roll Stability Control systems that adjust engine torque and braking to help drivers maintain control. Pedestrian safety is further enhanced with concealed wipers designed to limit injuries from head impacts.

Could I Live With One?

I found myself warming to the Galaxy by the end of my time with it. I don't have a large enough family to justify a car like this but if did, this one would be high on my list.

  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • Electric front and rear windows + one touch + global open/closing
  • Automatic wipers with variable sensitivity adjustment
  • Rear privacy glass - dark glass to rear windows

  • Electric handbrake
  • Pre-Collision assist with AEB
  • Electronic stability programme with traction control + emergency brake assist
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic brake force distribution

  • Floor mats in all three rows

  • 10.1" semi digital cluster
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane keeping aid with rain sensing front wipers
  • Hydraulic PAS

  • 'Ford Power' starter button
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system

  • Outside temperature display
  • Lights on warning
  • Trip computer
  • Ford pass connect embedded modem

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Power folding and heated door mirrors

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Auxiliary input socket

  • Chrome trim to lower side windows
  • Lower front grille with chrome surround
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Silver roof rails
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight courtesy delay
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights

  • Pollen filter
  • Dual zone air conditioning

  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Rear cupholders
  • Front seat armrests
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Tonneau cover
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Overhead console with child observation mirror
  • Front door scuff plates
  • 230V power outlet in centre console

  • Ambient interior lighting (excludes 2nd row footwell)
  • 2nd row reading lights

  • MyKey system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Child proof door locks
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Side curtain airbags

  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Front seat storage pockets
  • Front seatback tables
  • Manual adjustable front seats + lumbar support
  • Front headrests
  • Front sports seats
  • 3 individual fold flat 2nd row seats
  • 3 height adjustable headrests - 2nd row
  • 2 height adjustable headrests - 3rd row
  • 3rd row rear seats with manual fold flat, slide/recline and manual easy entry

  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Keyless entry
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Remote control central locking

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 170
  • CO2 (g/km): 134
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • CC: 1997
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.5

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Titanium
  • Coin Description: EcoBlue 190
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.6
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: 5X2 SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • No. of Seats: 7

  • Self levelling suspension: £375

  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included
  • Cruise control with active speed limiter: Included

  • Ford DAB Navigation system incl CD/Radio/USBx2/Bluetooth with 8 spkrs, 8" touchscreen, voice control, SYNC 3+App link android auto/apple carplay: Included
  • Sony DAB Navigation system incl CD/Radio/USBx2/Bluetooth with 12 spkrs, 8" touchscreen, voice control, SYNC 3 and App link android auto/apple carplay: £500

  • Opening panorama roof and rear sun blinds: £1,100
  • Additional Exclusive paint: £850
  • Additional Premium paint: £600
  • Exclusive paint: £750
  • Premium paint: £250
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Rear air conditioning: £400

  • Axis cloth upholstery: Included
  • Calder cloth upholstery + 18 way ergo seats: £600

  • Winter pack - Galaxy Titanium: £400
  • Driver assistance pack - Galaxy: £1,500

  • Solid - Blazer blue: £0

  • Premium paint - Frozen white: £250
  • Premium paint - Moondust silver: £600
  • Premium paint - Chrome blue: £600
  • Premium paint - Agate Black: £600
  • Exclusive paint - Lucid red: £850
  • Exclusive paint - Magnetic: £750
  • Premium paint - Blue panther: £600

  • Detachable trailer coupling includes trailer stability assist with 13 pin hook-up: £750
  • Trailer coupling pre-equipment E-kit: £150

  • Axis cloth - Ebony: £0
  • Calder cloth - Ebony + 18 way ergo seats: £600

  • 19" 5x2 spoke alloy wheels: £900
  • 17" 5x2 spoke alloy wheels: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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