Model tested: Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi 140PS 6sp Ghia
Date tested: January 2008
Road tester: Stuart Milne
Overall rating: 85%
The Galaxy has been one of the most popular seven-seaters since its launch in 1995. This, the second generation Galaxy, spawned the S-Max. THat grabs the headlines for its cool image, but the Galaxy is more practical.
The Galaxy's front is as sleek as Ford's other MPVs, and its rear lights give a nod to the Mondeo saloon. The Galaxy looks huge on the outside, but as a result Ford has been able to maximise interior space.
2. Looks inside
The Galaxy's dashboard is well designed and has a premium feel, with a centre console that sweeps between the two front seats. The view from the second row of seats is equally pleasant, while the third row of seats lifts out of the floor.
Seven seats grabs the headlines, but it's the storage space which really impresses. There are cubbyholes galore, more storage on top of the dash, in the centre console and doors plus elsewhere. The seats fold into the floor – boot space grows from 367 to 2,095 litres depending on the number of seats folded.
4. Ride and Handling
The Galaxy shares many major components with the excellent Mondeo saloon, so inherits a good chassis. There's less bodyroll than you'd expect, and the steering offers a good level of feedback.
The 2-litre diesel engine comes in 128bhp and 138bhp guises offering 0-62mph in 11.8 and 9.9 seconds and top speeds of 116 and 120mph.