If you feel the need to spend more money, there is an X-Pack available with the Ghia, which includes a fixed, panoramic sunroof, pull-up sunblind's for the second and third row window seats, leather-trimmed seats, 17-inch alloys in place of the normal 16-inch and air conditioning for the rear of the cabin.
If you feel the need to spend more money, there is an X-Pack available with the Ghia, which includes a fixed, panoramic sunroof, pull-up sunblind's for the second and third row window seats, leather-trimmed seats, 17-inch alloys in place of the normal 16-inch and air conditioning for the rear of the cabin. As with the S-MAX, there are a host of options and extras available for storage, transportation and safety.
The 2.0TDCi, test car, in standard form, is priced at £23,995 but the final figure was £31,120 after the metallic paint, which adds £400 (it's a large vehicle), rear seat entertainment (£1,500), heated front seats (£375), Bi-Xenon headlights with SBL or Static Bending Lights (£650), DVD navigation system with a 6-CD autochanger hidden under the front centre armrest (£1,750), advanced Bluetooth telephone pack with voice control (£250) and the X-Pack for £2,200, were added.
The rear seat entertainment system is money well spent if you have to combine children and long journeys on a regular basis. The screens are set into the backs of the front seat headrests and the DVD player resides under the front passenger seat. The screens can be used in tandem or one could be used for computer games. Either way, the system comes with an infra-red remote control and two sets of headphones.
The Galaxy is a full 7-seater and features the Ford Fold-flat System (FFS). The seats are all independent with captain's chairs at the front. The 2nd row seats have a tilt and slide function, enabling passengers to get into the third row of two seats. The seats are on an incline so the third row is higher than the second in a stadium seating arrangement. This is meant to help those that suffer from travel sickness as everyone can see through the front windscreen and those that don't can see the DVD screen.
The third row seats, like the Ford S-MAX, have a 'back-board, which forms a bulkhead between the main cabin and the luggage area. It also provides a flat floor when they are folded away. With all the seats up, there is a minimum of 511-litres of luggage space to the backs of the seats, while the maximum cargo capacity is 2,734-litres to the roof in two-seat mode.
Clearly, the Galaxy is all about family and the overhead console with its various compartments is great for tidying away the toys and general accoutrements that come with having children on board. Incidentally, the two outer seats of the second row have ISOFIX fittings. Altogether, there are up to 31 storage places, including under-floor lockers.
The best seats in the car are at the front, divided by an impressive, silver centre console that gently flows from below the fascia air vents to between the front seats and brightens up a generally dark but serviceable interior. The Galaxy's centre console features the same 'ship's handle' parking brake as the S-MAX and where fitted, it is dominated by the Sat-Nav's large, 7-inch touch-screen in place of the standard audio system.
Ford Galaxy Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Ghia|
|Colour||Panther Black Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||51.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 24/11/06)||£23,995|