Such is the Galaxy’s ubiquity that it has bridged the divide between commercial and domestic use better than any other seven-seat MPV, and is as likely to be seen unloading holidaymakers and suitcases at an airport terminal as it is disgorging children and lunchboxes at the school gates.
The third-generation Galaxy was with us largely unchanged, save for evolving trim and engine options, since 2006. So there’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about fourth generations roomy cabin, but with seven seats that slide and fold individually (and without undue effort), the Galaxy’s airy interior is highly flexible. With all seats in the upright position boot space is limited to a not insignificant 308 litres, although unlike its predecessor there is 20-litres lurking under the boot floor, but this expands to a total of 2325 litres with all but the front two the seats folded, spread over what amounts to a 2.1-metre-long load area.
The 2015 relaunch of the Galaxy saw Ford instill its design language on the large MPV as it followed the second generation S-Max, while underneath the bodywork the Galaxy remains much the same as before. It uses the same C/D global platform that underpins the Mondeo, Seat Alhambra and the Volkswagen Sharan, while it uses the same multi-link suspension set-up found on the latest gen S-Max as Ford aims to give the Galaxy new levels of comfort and refinement.
The driving position and cockpit ergonomics are hard to fault, with the driver getting an upright seating position that allows clear all-round visibility. Ford resculpted the centre console during the most recent facelift to incorporate an integrated armrest and even more storage space than most families could find use for.
Trim levels follow Ford’s current Zetec/Titanium/Titanium X convention. The entry-level Zetec models come very well-equipped unlike the last gen Galaxy, with 17in alloys, front foglights, electrically heated and folding door mirrors, dual exhaust system and parking sensors all included as standard, while inside there is Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system complete with an 8in touchscreen display, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, along with keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and Ford's Quickclear windscreen.