Handling able rather than remarkable
Expect performance to be blunted with all seven seats occupied
Smart dash. Options include full-colour sat-nav
Plenty of room in middle row
Third row seats okay even for adults
Rear two rows of seats fold into floor
Ceiling storage plus glass roof
There's no denying that if you want to fit seven in a car, it'll look a bit like a van
The Ford Galaxy is a seven-seat MPV that's surprisingly easy to place on the road, despite its size. It isn't cheap though.
Having tried the sporty S-Max on British roads, it’s now the new Galaxy’s turn. This is the more practical of the pair, with a more versatile cabin, extra space and a better ride. For those reasons, it costs a couple of grand more than the equivalent S-Max.
What’s it like?
There’s nothing ground-breaking here, but with seven seats that slide and fold individually (and without undue effort), the Galaxy’s airy interior is highly flexible, with 30 per cent more luggage space than before and a flat load area nearly 2.1 metres long in two-seat mode. The ride is more relaxed than that of the S-Max, but dynamically the Galaxy is terrific, with precise steering and body control that makes you forget you’re in a big box. As with the S-Max, continuously adaptive damping is an option, aiding ride and stability.
Should I buy one?
Absolutely. If you think sporty MPVs are pointless and want to retain maximum people-carrying versatility, the Galaxy is great value. Plus, as it’s a Ford, driver appeal doesn’t take a back seat.