Back in the real world, a car for transporting the family requires a goodly amount of safety features.
The new Ford Galaxy comes with a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol; 1.8 and 2.0 Duratorq TDCi units and a 2.0 Duratec. The 1.8 100PS comes with the LX only, while the same engine producing 125PS is available across the range. The 2.0-litre TDCi produces 140 PS and for those who prefer petrol power, the 2.0-litre Duratec produces 145PS.
The test car housed the 2.0 TDCi 140PS (138bhp), which comes with a turbo-charger, intercooler, electronic throttle and something called a transient torque overboost. The latter temporarily increases the existing peak torque of 320Nm at 1,750rpm, to 340Nm. Both this and the higher output 1.8 are mated to Ford's Durashift, 6-speed manual transmission as standard, however all but the unit in the test car can be specified with the 5-speed automatic box.
It takes the test car 9.9 seconds to get from 0-60mph and the top speed is 120mph. The low-down pulling power and flexible gearing contribute to making the drive fun, while the wide stance means stability on fast bends and there's plenty of oomph in a straight line. Just like the S-MAX, the Galaxy has the ability to behave like a 'hot hatch' - an alter ego that is best explored when the family aren't on board. It really isn't right and proper for an MPV to behave in this way, but it does it anyway.
Fuel consumption figure of 34.4mpg and 51.4mpg for the urban and extra-urban cycles (43.5mpg combined), shows that economy isn't forgotten in all the fun, giving you the best of both worlds.
Back in the real world, a car for transporting the family requires a goodly amount of safety features. All Galaxies have ABS with EBD but it's worth spending extra on the optional ESP with Traction Assist and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). Another available system is the Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control (IVDC) with Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), sports suspension and Hill Launch Assist but it's not available with the ESP option.
All of the Galaxy models have driver and passenger front and side airbags plus a driver's knee airbag, along with second and third row side curtain airbags. In the event of a collision, the steering column and pedals collapse and the steel safety cage and side impact bars offer cabin protection. In fact, the Galaxy has just been awarded top marks of five stars for occupant safety and four stars for child protection.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Galaxy. I even thought about borrowing some children so I could put the rear entertainment system to the test, but I didn't have any booster seats.24 November 2006
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|