2.0 163PS Duratorq TDCi Titanium X
revised Ford Galaxy range
is now arriving at UK dealerships.
Its the market leader for MPVs
with around 8,000 sold in the UK
each year and 97 per cent of them
diesel. So who uses them?
CHAUFFEURS, PRIVATE HIRE, fleet operators, taxi/mini-cab operators and
hotel and airport minibus services, that's who. Like Ford's new
S-Max, the prices are 10 to 12 per cent lower than the outgoing versions with
prices ranging from £22,945 up to £31,045.
The refreshed Galaxy has the option of Ford's new 2.0-litre, 200bhp EcoBoost
turbocharged direct injection petrol engine with the new Powershift six-speed
twin-clutch auto gearbox and new 2.0-litre Duratorq 113bhp and 160bhp turbodiesel
engines along with a revised 138bhp turbodiesel unit soon to follow. The Powershift
auto 'box is available as an option to the standard six-speed manual gearbox
for 138 and 158bhp diesels.
Like its stablemate the seven-seat, sportier looking and slightly smaller
S-Max the Galaxy features refreshed styling with a more sculptured bonnet,
bolder trapezoidal grille, new-look fog lights, bolder silver-coloured roof
rails, new LED tail lights and, depending on the version, more chrome detailing
on the side mouldings and door handles.
The cabin is more luxurious and there's Ford's 'flat-floor' seating system where
the second and third rows of seats individually fold to the floor so passenger
or luggage carrying options are high. In addition, there's also a new premium
sound system, upgraded interior, partial or full leather trim options, a blind
spot information light that operates in the rear view door mirrors and an adjustable
choices are Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X with the price-led Zetec being the
The latest generation
appears to be quieter
and more refined
that all-important responsiveness and
flexibility in traffic...
Put through its paces on winding and potholed Cotswold roads this week, the
latest Galaxy with the new 160bhp 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine was an accomplished
The latest generation Duratorq diesel engine appears to be quieter and more
refined and, thanks to an improved turbocharger that provides faster response,
delivers that all-important responsiveness and flexibility in traffic.
Driven over winding country roads and through towns my test vehicle returned
38.6mpg against the official 49.6mpg figure. With a CO2 rating of 152g/km, road
tax is now £155.
Not so great is the limited luggage space with all seven seats in use and some
models, like this version, are too pricey. On the plus side the Galaxy is comfortable
and spacious with a flexible interior (308-2,325 litres of load capacity), well
equipped and drives well. Good enough, in fact, to justify why it's the big
MPV market leader by far. David Miles
Ford Galaxy 2.0 163PS Duratorq TDCi Titanium X | £29,545
Maximum speed: 126mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Overall test MPG: 38.6mpg
Power: 160bhp | Torque: 250lb ft | CO2 152g/km