Recently Ford released the new Galaxy to the Irish market and it’s hard not to give them credit for their MPV range.
Their focus on the family market is excellent and they cover MPV segments like no other brand with the B-Max, C-Max, Grand C-Max and the S-Max on offer.
The Galaxy offers a good selection of engines. There is one petrol choice and that is a 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine that offers an appealing 160 bhp. We had a look at the 2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi engine that offers 180 bhp. The engine is well-suited to the weight of the vehicle and there is no major struggle building up speed on motorways.
On the Road
This is a big car both inside and out. Therefore it would be reasonable to expect that the drive would be wobbly and that body roll would be pretty-much uncontrollable. The fact is that things aren’t at all bad. The Galaxy controls itself very well on hairy bends and roll is kept to a minimum. I tested this out on numerous occasions during my week with the vehicle and I have to say I was very impressed.
The suspension set-up deals with bumps and bruises in the road with little difficulty and it’s clear that comfort was one of the major focuses of the Galaxy build.
The test vehicle I was driving was fitted with Ford’s new Intelligent Speed Limiter. This is a very clever piece of tech. The car reads the speed limit of where ever it is you are driving and the driver can instruct the car to make sure that it always remains within the speed limit. The system can be easily over-ridden if the driver puts their foot to the floor. Drivers can also set a tolerance level which will allow the vehicle to drive slightly over the speed limit. This very intelligent option does take a bit of getting used to. Instead of applying the brakes to limit speed what the Galaxy does is it reduces the amount of torque that goes to the wheels and when you feel that the power is not getting through it feels strange. One thing is for sure though, if you do use this system your chances of getting caught speeding will disappear.
Ford really stepped it up a gear with the new Galaxy. The most notable change is that the Galaxy now uses Ford’s Sync 2 infotainment system, which is easy to use. The 8 inch touchscreen can be slow to react on occasion, but it’s a much better offering than the last Sync system. The quality of the dash is not cheap in appearance and the seats in our test model were a very-comfortable black leather. I was driving this vehicle at the end of November and the weather was just starting to get cold, so the heated steering wheel and seats were most welcome!
It would be hard to find a better and more spacious family MPV than this. Of course I have a bias when it comes to MPVs. I love them. We have two young kids at home and space like this is extremely welcome for long journeys. Sure, we don’t actually need that amount of space in our situation – but we’d be more than happy to take it. The Galaxy is massive and it is one of the few traditional MPVs that can actually fit seven adults – although we’ll soon be testing the SEAT Alhambra and we believe that it is just as versatile in the space department. The only issue that I would have regarding the back row is that when you do lift up seats 6 and 7 there is nowhere to put the boot cover.
This is an excellent choice of a family car but sadly it will be out of reach of many families. The price for our test model is €57,755. That’s a lot of money, but our test car came fully kitted-out with many of the optional extras thrown in. The most impressive thing about this vehicle is space, so if you’re not craving for those added extras the entry level price for the Ford Galaxy is €38,860 – which sounds a lot more reasonable.