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Ford Galaxy

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Ford Galaxy

(2015 – present)

    In June 2022, Ford announced that it had temporarily stopped taking any new customer orders for all Fiesta, Focus, Galaxy and S-Max models due to an ongoing shortage of components to build them.

    We do not yet have any indication when orders will resume.

    Summary


    The Ford Galaxy, the third generation of which went on sale in 2015 and was updated in 2020, is the standard-bearer of a dying breed. Large seven-seat people-carriers have largely been superseded by SUVs, but the Galaxy keeps going, as popular with large families as commercial users such as airport transfer operators.

    Today there are six powertrain options available, a 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol and a range of 2.0-litre diesels. A hybrid Galaxy is on the way but there’s no indication yet of a full-electric version. There’s even an all-wheel-drive model available but heavily biased to the front. Reviews tend to favour the diesel with an auto gearbox for smooth progress with no hassle.

    As of June 2022, the Ford Galaxy has an Expert Rating of 73% based on 19 reviews. Ford cars are praised for their chassis and the latest Galaxy maintains the trend as it is built on the underpinnings of the Mondeo – all reviewers mark up the ride quality and even the handling for something so big, Parkers commenting; “This is an MPV which can seat seven in comfort without resorting to commercial vehicle handling or refinement.”

    The space and flexibility of the interior also scores with the testers – the Titanium trim level ticks most boxes, especially with a ‘Family Pack’ option which features electric folding of the big seats.

    Ford has kept pace with technology, the Galaxy getting the latest upgrades in terms of infotainment and such. But most reviewers tend to compare the Galaxy with its more recently launched sibling, the Ford S-Max, and side with the younger MPV as a better-value option that is more engaging to drive. They also highlight the Galaxy’s image, wondering if private owners really want to look as if they are doing an airport taxi run…

    Galaxy highlights

    • Full seven-seat space
    • Flexible interior with slide and fold seats
    • Drives well for its size
    • Upright driving position

    Galaxy lowlights

    • Despite upgrades, design dated
    • Expensive to buy
    • Not as dynamic as Ford S-Max
    • Personality of an airport taxi

    Key specifications


    Body style: Large seven-seat MPV
    Engines: diesel, petrol-electric hybrid
    Price: From £33,735 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2015
    Last updated: Spring 2021
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    The Ford Galaxy was put through the Euro NCAP safety testing protocol back in 2015 and scored a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Ford Galaxy has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Given that the Galaxy is an old model, it’s unlikely that the Galaxy is ever going to be tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    The Ford Galaxy has a poor reliability score of just 30%, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. Certainly worth thinking about if you’re considering a used Galaxy.

    About half of all warranty claims relate to the electrical system, although thankfully the repair costs are quite inexpensive. More concerning is that nearly a quarter of claims relate to engine problems, which are very high at nearly £3,000 on average. Although it’s rare, gearbox problems led to an eye-wateringly average repair cost of nearly £6,000.

    Given the below-average reliability score and potentially expensive bills, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase for a Ford Galaxy covers all of these potential problem areas. Also worth remembering is that many warranties are for personal use of a vehicle only, so if you’re running a Galaxy for your business (and, let’s face it, most of them are used as taxis), make sure you have a warranty that covers business use.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Galaxy has received

    2015

    • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best MPV

    Similar cars


    If you’re looking at the Ford Galaxy, you might also be interested in these alternatives

    Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer | Citroën SpaceTourer | Ford S-Max | Ford Tourneo Custom | Mercedes-Benz V-Class | Peugeot Traveller | Toyota Proace Verso | Vauxhall Vivaro Life | Volkswagen Sharan | Volkswagen Caravelle

    True rivals to the Ford Galaxy are disappearing rapidly with the decline of the large people-carrier. The Volkswagen Sharan is still around, while other contenders include the Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer. There are also several van-based options that are more spacious but less car-like to drive. But the Galaxy’s biggest rival comes from within, the rather more modern and more fun-to-drive Ford S-Max.

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