I seem to be guilty of having preconceptions of road test cars lately. The prospect of driving a Ford
Galaxy for some days left me wondering whether I really wanted to drive a small bus, usually with just myself on board.
But, from the very first journey, I realised that this was actually a very civilised means of transport.
It looks pretty good, in its sharp 21st century Ford suit. The corporate Ford of Europe look makes it look a more compact package than the previous Galaxy model which was co-produced with the Volkswagen Group.
There is a lot of Ford Focus about the lines of the Galaxy and its interior. That is no bad thing.
There is also a lot of ‘Focus’ about its dynamics too. Again, very much no bad thing.
The Galaxy may be a sizeable MPV
with three rows of seats to accommodate six or seven passengers, but it feels nimble and agile on the open road. It is also remarkably easy to manoeuvre, holding no terrors in tighter car parks.
As to its load-carrying capacity, I was visiting a community worker during my time with the Galaxy and parked it alongside his almost identical car. He was quite strong on the praise for its ability to carry groups on various outings.
Although he is over six foot, he assures me that he can sit reasonably comfortably in the fold up rear seats, but added “at least for a short distance”. I expected that meant round the block, but no. He amplified his statement suggesting that he would be willing to sit there from Perth to Aberdeen – a distance of some 90 miles.
Needless to say, you have various seating permutations. You can also move the rear seats completely out of the way to transform the Galaxy into a pretty good interpretation of a van.
Storage space includes a run of bins down the middle of the roof. Although they open in line with the vehicle, rather than at the side, they are certainly reminiscent of small versions of the overhead bins in an aircraft.
The test car had Ford’s latest Ecoboost engine – a two-litre petrol engine designed to deliver high levels of efficiency. It has a power output of 203PS – a whopping 25% more than its predecessor. This gives the Galaxy quite remarkable performance. Few would expect a people carrier like this to sprint from 0-62 mph in 8.8 seconds.
Combined fuel consumption is quoted as 34.9 mpg. In real-life town and country driving, I managed a more moderate 22 mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions are 189 g/km, putting this Galaxy into band J for UK road tax.
The test vehicle was also the Titanium model. With these, plus some options, it came loaded with a considerable amount of extra goodies. These include a rear-view camera for reversing, blind-spot indicators on the mirrors, a sunroof with blinds and blinds on the side windows. For the winter, the test Galaxy also had heated front seats and a heated windscreen.
The price of the Galaxy X Sport Titanium 2.0 is £29,445.