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Ford Galaxy

(2015 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

58
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

58
%
D

Eco Rating:

60
%
B

Reliability Rating:

22
%
E

Running Costs:

59
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

58
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

58
%
D

Eco Rating:

60
%
B

Reliability Rating:

22
%
E

Running Costs:

59
%
C

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 Large seven-seat people-carriers have largely been superseded by SUVs, but the Galaxy keeps going, as popular with large families as commercial users such as airport transfer operators.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.

Ford cars are usually praised for their chassis and the Galaxy maintains this trend, 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…

As of January 2024, the Ford Galaxy has a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 61%. As a used car, it doesn’t fare quite so well, with a rating of D and a score of 58%. The Galaxy scores poorly for both reliability and running costs, which are weighted more heavily in our used car ratings.

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 £40,725 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Motors.co.uk

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 87%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 79%
Safety assist: 71%

Notes on safety rating

The Ford Galaxy was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Galaxy to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating

Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Ford Galaxy has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Given that it’s a very old model now, it’s unlikely to be tested before production is wound up.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Ford Galaxy has a poor reliability score of just 27% as of January 2024, according to exclusive workshop and warranty data provided by our partner, MotorEasy.

In addition, the average repair bill to data is more than £900, which is a lot more than the cost of a used car warranty. Certainly worth keeping in mind if you own a Galaxy or are looking at buying a used one.

The problems are spread across all systems on the car. Most concerning is that a high number of claims relate to gearbox problems, which have an average repair bill of almost £2,800.

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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