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Ford GALAXY DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr

Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
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Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr
Ford GALAXY 2.0 EcoBlue Zetec 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG55.40
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed mph
  • C02135 g/km
  • BHP120
  • Torque229 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

Review

Ford brings us an improved fourth-generation version of its Galaxy seven-seater, a model that's more efficient thanks to a hi-tech range of EcoBlue diesel engines. Plus it's safer and continues with practical virties that include an innovative third seat folding system. With a wide range of options and pleasing interior quality, this one's going to be at the top of quite a few family shortlists.

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Ford has decided that the latest version of the Galaxy needs a bit more than mere practicality. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

On the face of it, building a large MPV ought to be easy. After all, isn't something like this just a big box on wheels? It always used to be. Not so long ago, all you really needed with a car like this was a set of fancy flippy-folding seats and a few clever interior storage solutions. That and the ability for the model in question not to fall over when presented with a corner. These days, things are a lot tougher for those brands looking to create a design of this kind. Buyers are more demanding. They want the interior build quality of a luxury saloon. They want exciting styling. And the last thing they're looking for is the kind of handling you'd expect from a big box on wheels. The game has changed. These objectives are inevitably difficult to achieve. It's hard to give an MPV sharp handling and even more difficult to make such a car grab your attention from a visual perspective. Still, Ford managed to do both of these things with the first generation version of their sporty S-MAX People Carrier. Buoyed by the success of that vehicle, the Blue Oval brand has carried forward what it learnt from that project into the S-MAX's squarer showroom stablemate, this fourth generation Galaxy.

Driving Experience

Ford is offering this car with its latest 2.0-litre TDCi EcoBlue diesel engine in various forms. At the top of the range, there's twin-turbo 240PS putting out a lusty 500Nm of torque, but most versions of this car will be sold in single-turbo form where there are more modest outputs of 120, 150 and 190PS on offer. There's also the option of the brand's 'Intelligent All-Wheel Drive' system - which will be a welcome boon for towers who in this form can pull up to 2,000kgs. The AWD system continually measures how the car's wheels are gripping the road surface every 16 milliseconds; can adjust power delivery to individual wheels in 100 milliseconds; and can send 100 per cent of available engine torque to the rear wheels. The petrol option is Ford's 165PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine. Additional sound-deadening materials and improved door seals contribute to a particularly quiet cabin. Self-levelling rear suspension is also available, while the optional 'Continuous Control Damping System' delivers a choice between Comfort, Normal or Sport driving modes. Adaptive electronic steering is also a standard fitment and includes the intriguingly-named 'Active Nibble Compensation' system that cancels out unwanted feedback, forces and vibration at the helm. The rear suspension is the same integral link set-up as seen on the latest Mondeo. It's good, in other words.

Design and Build

Ford has endowed the Galaxy with a very S-MAX-style front end, so you get that car's Aston Martin-style front grille, along with plenty of shape in the flanks to avoid that slab-sided look that makes so many large MPVs look like panel vans with windows. The old MK3 model wasn't a bad looking thing, but Ford has clearly decided to give the shape a little extra edge. As with previous Galaxy models, you don't get sliding side doors, but then that helps keep the side profile clean. The interior might surprise you in terms of perceived quality, with Ford offering a big 10-inch digital display and the excellent SYNC3 infotainment system. There's certainly no shortage of space inside, with 40mm more headroom in the third row. A lot of thought has clearly gone into making the third row of seats something other than the most obvious short straw and they now get their own armrest storage and cup holders. You won't have to wrestle the seats up and down either. They can be raised from the boot floor at the touch of a button and both second and third rows can also be dropped flat from the front by using a console-mounted button. There's an additional 20-litres of stowage beneath the flat boot floor and the door bins are significantly sized too.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £26,500, with around £1,000 more if you want the least expensive diesel. There are three main trim levels - Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X. AWD is an option with the 150 and 180PS 2.0 TDCi engines. Those kinds of figures continue to pitch this car directly against two key rivals, SEAT's Alhambra and Volkswagen's Sharan. It's interesting that the styling of this fourth generation Galaxy borrows so much from the Blue Oval brand's S-MAX large MPV (which costs slightly less). Previously, Ford had tried to position these two People carriers quite differently, giving the Galaxy a more practically-orientated family feel. All Galaxy models now get second-row seat side airbags, in addition to twin front, driver knee, and full-length curtain airbags. Second-row seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters enhance rear passenger safety. There are also seatbelt minders for all three rows. The MyKey technology you also get included helps with safety, allowing owners to programme a key that can inhibit incoming phone calls, restrict top speed, prevent deactivation of driver assistance and safety features, reduce audio system maximum volume and disable the audio system altogether if occupants are not using safety belts. Vehicle stability is enhanced with Curve Control and Roll Stability Control systems that adjust engine torque and braking to help drivers maintain control. Pedestrian safety is further enhanced with concealed wipers designed to limit injuries from head impacts.

Cost of Ownership

The entire of the Galaxy range meets stringent Euro6d emissions regulations and Ford claims to have improved the fuel economy of every version across the range. The diesel engines all return excellent economy. In the 2.0 TDCi variant with 17-inch wheels, you'll see 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and around 135g/km of carbon dioxide. You'll hit those returns by nearly 10% if you opt for four wheel drive or the Powershift automatic gearbox. At the top of the range, the 240PS Bi-Turbo manages 46.3mpg with 158g/km emissions. The 1.5-litre petrol model posts a 43.5mpg figure, but we'd take that with a pinch of salt. A small petrol engine is going to struggle to move a seven-seater, especially if you're running laden quite a bit. The warranty is a 3 year/60,000 mile deal with Ford Assistance for 1 year, providing roadside assistance in the UK and throughout Europe. In addition, buyers should get healthier residual values that they might expect from a Ford. Low-ish depreciation has long been a Galaxy staple, used buyers recognising its safety, durability and low ongoing running costs.

Summary

This model's always been one of the very strongest contenders in the large MPV segment and this improved MK4 version still is. All of the key areas for improvement that were identified with earlier models seem to have been given a good ticking, with better economy, sharp looks, improved interior quality, slicker technological integration and a richer array of high-tech safety features. All of these things are present and correct. Under the skin too, this fourth generation model seems to have been made from the good stuff, its extended platform and clever rear suspension teaming with a broad range of engines to offer drivers something a bit different to usual dull MPV driving experience. Building a big MPV is all about managing compromises without taking your eye off the prime consideration, that of safe and spacious family transportation. Ford has, down the years, been a bit cleverer at figuring out those compromises than most of its rivals. In short, the Galaxy looks as if it's going to continue to set a very high bar.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
Black roof rails
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors
Dual exhaust pipes
Electric folding door mirrors
Electric front and rear windows + one touch + global open/closing
Front fog lights
Headlight courtesy delay
Heated rear window
Tailgate wiper - intermittent with electric wash
Driver Convenience
'Ford Power' starter button
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
Front and rear parking sensors
Hydraulic PAS
Lights on warning
Outside temperature display
Trip computer
Entertainment
Auxiliary input socket
Ford DAB Radio/CD Audio system with USBx2/Bluetooth, 8 speakers, 8" touchscreen, voice control, SYNC 3 and Emergency Assistance
Interior Features
2 height adjustable headrests - 3rd row
2 individual fold flat 3rd row seats
3 height adjustable headrests - 2nd row
3 individual fold flat 2nd row seats
Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + covers
Dual zone air conditioning
Front floor mats
Front headrests
Front seat armrests
Front seat storage pockets
Front seatback tables
Front sports seats
Isofix child seat attachment
Leather gear knob
Leather trimmed steering wheel
Manual adjustable front seats + lumbar support
Pollen filter
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear cupholders
Rear seat easy entry
Solitude cloth upholstery
Steering wheel audio controls
Sunglasses storage
Tonneau cover
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
ABS
Child proof door locks
Driver and passenger airbags
Driver and passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Electronic brake force distribution
Electronic parking brake
ESP with traction control + emergency brake assist
MyKey system
Seatbelt warning
Side curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Immobiliser
Locking wheel nuts
Remote control central/double locking
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Wheels
17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 135
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1997
Compression Ratio 16.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 85
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 88
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 55.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 46.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 42.8
WLTP - MPG - High 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 46.3
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 120
Coin Description EcoBlue
Coin Series Zetec
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 19E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 79
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 144000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
Engine Power - BHP 120
Engine Power - KW 88
Engine Power - RPM 3100
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 229
Engine Torque - MKG 31.6
Engine Torque - NM 310
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 235/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 235/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style MULTI SPOKE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1747
Length 4848
Wheelbase 2849
Width 1916
Width (including mirrors) 2137
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 70
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 2339
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 700
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
No. of Seats 7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £465.99 p/m £26.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £502.99 p/m £43.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £525.99 p/m £65.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £385.99 p/m £29.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £419.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £444.99 p/m £79.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £344.99 p/m £37.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £370.99 p/m £59.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £390.99 p/m £99.99 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £472.76 p/m £18.00 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £558.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £501.04 p/m £18.00 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £529.31 p/m £28.80 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £603.99 p/m £52.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £557.58 p/m £36.00 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £581.15 p/m £34.80 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £629.99 p/m £79.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £604.70 p/m £50.40 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £392.76 p/m £19.20 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £462.99 p/m £35.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £420.04 p/m £26.40 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £446.22 p/m £31.20 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £503.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £470.21 p/m £41.99 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £490.34 p/m £63.60 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £533.99 p/m £95.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £510.48 p/m £77.99 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £341.60 p/m £22.80 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £413.99 p/m £44.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £366.29 p/m £32.40 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £390.22 p/m £42.00 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £443.99 p/m £71.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £412.45 p/m £54.00 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £428.70 p/m £70.80 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £468.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £443.72 p/m £91.20 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Active park assist with parallel and perpendicular parking park out assist £150.00
BLIS (Blind spot information system) £500.00
Cruise control with active speed limiter £400.00
Lane keeping aid with rain sensing front wipers £525.00
Exterior Features
Additional Exclusive paint £850.00
Additional Premium paint £600.00
Detachable towbar £750.00
Exclusive paint £750.00
Opening panorama roof with integrated power sunblind £995.00
Premium paint £250.00
Rear privacy glass - dark glass to rear windows £250.00
Interior Features
Heated front seats + heated steering wheel £400.00
Manual rear side sunblinds £125.00
Packs
Family pack - Galaxy £200.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Guard £750.00
Exclusive paint - Magnetic £750.00
Exclusive paint - Ruby red £850.00
Premium paint - Chrome blue £600.00
Premium paint - Frozen white £250.00
Premium paint - Moondust silver £600.00
Premium paint - Shadow black £600.00
Solid - Blazer blue FOC
Safety
Active city stop with rain sensing front wipers £450.00
Security
Hands free power tailgate with keyless entry £800.00
Technical
Self levelling rear suspension £375.00
Trim
Solitude cloth - Ebony FOC
* option prices shown are estimated