It’s only July and you’re already dreading that trip to Nan’s house for Christmas. Driving seven hours with a horde of antsy children does not make for a pleasant holiday. Well, Ford can’t change the fact that you decided to have one too many children, but they intend to make long journeys with the family a little more tolerable with the Ford Galaxy.
Diesel power has previously been the only form of grunt available in the Galaxy. While there are still oil burners available in the form of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi in either a 114bhp, 138bhp or 161bhp version, there is also a petrol 2.0-litre EcoBoost SCTi available for the first time. The new addition to the roster produces 200bhp and 300Nm maximum torque from 1,750rpm to 4,500rpm making it the hot rod of the bunch. Big power is squeezed out of this small, all-aluminium package, by way of impressive technology advances including direct fuel injection, low-inertia turbocharging, and twin independent variable cam timing. This gets the hefty 7-seat MPV from 0-60 in just 8.8s with a top speed of 135mph. The kiddies better hold on tight.
For being a rotund MPV, the Galaxy looks pretty sharp too. The Ford has been donned with additional chrome as well as an LED lights feature out back. The glass area is gargantuan which the kids will love because no matter what position they’re stuck in, everyone gets a window seat.
Unless you’re riding in a taxi version of the Galaxy, most adults won’t find themselves seated in the MPV’s last row. However, should there be a need; adults can sit in the back row quite comfortably, even if they do look a bit goofy. The rest of the Galaxy is just as spacious with every row affording room for occupants to flail their limbs around if they desire. If you don’t have seven friends, the Galaxy’s interior can be transformed by folding the rearmost seats flush with the floor. This allows plenty of space to transport whatever you desire.
Due to its ability to haul a bunch of people, as mentioned earlier, the Galaxy is the perfect vehicle to use as a taxi. It’s also the ideal choice if you transport the softball team, the marching band, a gaggle of clowns – whatever. If you need to haul more than five adults this might be the MPV for you. You can keep all of those passengers entertained with the latest gadgetry including keyless entry, Easyfuel cap-less fuel system, ASLD Adjustable Speed Limiter Device, and Blind Spot Information System that warns drivers when a vehicle is in your blind spot.
Transporting all of those bodies from one destination to the next is comparatively affordable in the Galaxy too. The diesels are capable of returning up to 50mpg on the combined cycle while producing 150g/km of carbon. If you opt for the petrol unit, you get 35mpg and 189g/km – not half bad for such a large rig.
Let’s face it; if you need to transport seven people comfortably, there isn’t a heck of a lot of options available. The Galaxy can do the job and do it well. It’s not just a utilitarian people-mover. Instead it’s also fun to drive, handsome and well equipped with the latest tech. So sit back, adjust the driver’s seat to your liking, put some good tunes on the stereo, and enjoy that trip to Grandma’s.
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