New seven-seat MPV will reach the UK this summer, with prices starting from £26,445

The 2015 Ford Galaxy will offer all-wheel drive when it goes on sale this summer, with prices starting from £26,445.

Ford’s Intelligent all-wheel drive system measures the road surface once every 16 milliseconds, and is able to send up to 100% of engine torque to the front or rear wheels as needed. 

The Blue Oval says the system has a minimal impact on CO2 emissions and fuel economy. The system also means the new Galaxy can tow loads of up to 2000kg.

Ford already offers all-wheel drive in its Kuga, Mondeo, and S-Max models, and the system will also be offered on the Edge SUV when it comes to market later this year.

Taking clear styling cues from the smaller S-Max, the seven-seat Galaxy uses Ford’s new family front-end design, with a prominent front grille and slim headlights.

The new car also features a unique third row of seats which can be raised from the boot floor “at the touch of a button”, something Ford claims is a first in the MPV segment. In addition, both the second and third row of seats can be folded flat via a button on the centre console.

Inside the cabin, Ford has replaced the older car’s traditional instrument cluster with a new 10in digital display, which can be customised.

The Galaxy’s flat load space has been enhanced thanks to an extra 20 litres of storage found beneath the boot floor. Door bins are also larger than before, while under-seat storage is also available.

Second and third-row passengers in the Galaxy benefit from more headroom than before, by up to 40mm in the third row, while rearmost passengers also get their own armrest storage and cup holders. Rear passengers also get their own temperature adjustment.

Ford’s Seat Alhambra and Volkswagen Sharan rival is based on the Blue Oval’s global C/D platform, which also underpins the new Mondeo. The Galaxy also uses Ford’s integral link rear suspension set-up, the same as that found on the S-Max and Mondeo. Ford says the system “delivers improved impact absorption for a smoother ride and reduced noise levels”.

Self-levelling rear suspension is also available, while drivers can choose from Comfort, Normal or Sport driving modes via the firm’s Continuous Control Damping system. Adaptive electronic steering is also fitted.

The Galaxy’s suite of safety and assistance technology has also been upgraded. New adaptive front lighting features alongside parking aids, a cross traffic alert which warns drivers of obstacles when reversing, and a front split-view camera system.

The Galaxy also features Ford’s Sync 2 infotainment system, and the firm’s programmable MyKey is available.

Powering the new Galaxy will be a 2.0-litre TDCi Biturbo diesel with 207bhp and 332lb ft. The same engine will also be available in lower-powered single-turbocharger form and offered with 118bhp, 148bhp and 178bhp outputs.

Petrol options include Ford’s 158bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine and a 2.0-litre EcoBoost offering 237bhp. The entire Galaxy engine range meets Euro 6 emissions legislation, while Ford claims that fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also improved across the range.

Unlike the smaller S-Max, the vast majority of the Galaxy’s sales are likely to come from fleet rather than private sales. Because of this split, it’s understood that no super-luxury Vignale version of the Galaxy will be offered.

The new Galaxy is available in Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X specifications, with order books opening today. Entry-level Zetec models get 17-inch alloy wheels, Ford's SYNC 2 infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone air conditioning and sports seats.

Titanium models, which cost from £28,595, get privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, automatic wipers, keyless entry, cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Top-spec Titanium X models get additional equipment including a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a powered tailgate, park assist and a rear view camera, and cost from £33,095. First deliveries are planned for the summer.

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Our Verdict

Ford Galaxy

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.

Join the debate

Comments
11

8 August 2014
As Ford is pursuing their global strategy they are missing a trick if they don't sell this in the States. GM and Ford abandoned the minivan market several years ago and it is the one area of level sales as other bodystyles fluctuate. Also, with the Transit and Transit Connect, a non-luxury van doesn't make sense either as these two fulfill the utilitarian remit already. It doesn't make any sense to me.

8 August 2014
I agree, the Transit Connect fulfills the non-luxury van brief. Many families still buy these Galaxies and so will want some luxuries. Oh, and Ford had better come up with a 'leccy version of this for the London market (i.e. Addison Lee minicabs) the way Boris is going, unless we are all supposed to get on his bikes!

24 February 2015
Comparing the photos of this prototype with the previous model, I cannot really see in what respect it looks more "utilitarian". It seems to have a profile that is very similar, coupled with a new Mondeo style front end. It is, certainly, big and square, but so was the previous model, which is what differentiated it from the sleeker S-max. Perhaps the lack of highly specified models, rather than the appearance per se, is what will differentiate it?

24 February 2015
Central London? Carrying out the Addison Lee tests then..


2 April 2015
"Slim" headlights Darren - really ? They look pretty large to me, hardly "slim".

2 April 2015

The New Mondeo is awful space wise, it could easily be a medium sized estate on the inside rather than a large one. I suppose that's because it is in some markets but it doesn't compare very well with primarily European competitors whose large estates are the biggest vehicles they do.

Hopefully Ford will do a much better job on the S-Max and Galaxy where they don't have to cater to American and Asian markets as much (at all?).

jer

2 April 2015
Looks dissapointing, I've also seen a few new Mondeo's and they are not easy on the eye. I think Ford are struggling for style.

2 April 2015
jer wrote:

Looks dissapointing, I've also seen a few new Mondeo's and they are not easy on the eye. I think Ford are struggling for style.

Really I have seen a few of the new Mondeo,s too and I think it looks fantastic. It looks really good in black too. Only for the badge you could almost think its an Aston Martin.
As for this new Galaxy well its a MPV basically the same as the one before but with a new front end rear lights and dashboard. Think it looked better before. The big grill does not do anything for the Galaxy but maybe in the metal it would look better.

2 April 2015
As a loyal ford fan I have to admit that their latest renderings are somewhat anti climatic. Apart from the Mustang and the shock GT, Ford has been relentlessly churning out quite mundane and frankly average designs. They have stepped up a notch with regards to equipment level and dynamics, so why not get the looks to go with it?
They need a shake up of their entire design and marketing teams. As an ex XR3i owner I must say the model in the photo with the caption " Welcome to first class " looks as if they took him straight from a capri for the photo shoot.
Come on Ford its time you treat your loyal fans with the respect they deserve and start giving them something they will proud to be seen in.
The Koreans have achieved this- it is not much to asked as fans of the brand.

30 April 2015
Factczech wrote:

They have stepped up a notch with regards to ..... dynamics

I think quite the opposite judging by the lukewarm reviews of the new Mondeo and the less said about the Ecosport, the better!

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again