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Ford Galaxy (2006-10)

Overall Rating

4 stars

This is a completely new car to the old Galaxy, now sharing much with the sportier S Max. Fords largest MPV it can accommodate 7 adults comfortably. A very good buy if you need all that space.

For
  • Seats 7 adults with ample space
  • Smooth drive
  • Fold flat seats
Against
  • Fords S Max is sportier with a better drive
  • A little more expensive than its' rivals
  • No spare wheel
Road Test

Ford have re-worked this sector with the C Max for those who need 5 seats, the S Max for those who need 7, but at two of those are young or squashed in, and this Galaxy for those who really need the 7 seats for adults. The larger the car, the less engaging the drive becomes. But the Galaxy is only poor in comparison to other Ford drives, not when tested against its' rivals. The interior is modern and well laid out, and the drivers position car-like. The fold flat seat system is a massive bonus, as few will use the 7 seats all of the time. There is also an increase in luggage space compared to the last Galaxy of 30%. There is however, no spare tyre and no room for one. Suspension is excellent. Drive is smooth and quiet. The car does feel like it rolls a little into corners and bends, but steering is light and responsive. At launch, one 2.0 16v petrol version was available with 5 speed gearbox, and three diesel engines. Two 1.8 TDCi offered 125bhp or 100bho for lower insurance and tax rates, available in both 5 or 6 speed gearbox. The third diesel is 2.0 TDCi offers 140bhp and have 6 speed gearbox as standard. The lowest output diesel would suffer under a full load. Basic trim LX includes electric windows and mirrors, ESP, stereo controls on steering-wheel mounts, and privacy glass. Zetec adds climate control, front and rear driving sensors, leather steering wheel and gear lever. Top spec Ghia models have additional 17" alloy wheels, DAB Sony stereo, cruise control, automatic headlights, and rain sensitive wipers.

Need To Know

NCAP: 5

Best Models: 2.0 TDCi

Worst Models: 1.8 100bhp TDCi

Replacement: 2010


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Ford Galaxy (2006-10)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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