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Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Ghia (2008) CAR review

By Colin Overland

First Drives

13 October 2008 10:37

Before the current Mondeo arrived, its styling, its cabin technology and its chassis were previewed in the latest version of Ford’s biggest MPV, the Galaxy. And if you think the supersized Mondeo is big, the Galaxy will have you searching for a new adjective.

It looks like the S-Max, and everyone loves the S-Max, so what’s the point of this?

Space. It’s longer, wider and heavier than the old model, creating a clear space between the full-blown seven-seat Galaxy and the five-plus-two-seat S-Max, which in turn is in a different league from the C-Max.

It’s a lot of car for your money – more car, in fact, than the neat styling may lead you to think. Be careful about what you compare it with: the Galaxy is bigger than the regular Renault Espace and wider and heavier (but shorter) than the Grand Espace, which can cost you more. The five- and seven-seat versions of the lower-priced Citroen C4 Picasso are both smaller than the Ford. Everything bigger than this is basically a van, and some things smaller than this feel like vans even if they’re not.

The Galaxy is priced from under £20k to the high-mid 20s, but it’s easy to take it to more than £30k when you go for extras such as bi-xenon cornering lights or a roof that’s glass all the way back to the middle row of seats. The car on test here, the 2.0 TDCi Ghia, has a basic on-the-road price of £23,995, but our test car came with 17 instead of 16-inch alloys, DVD sat nav, leather trim, metallic paint, sunblinds and a few other extras that took it to £30,220, which doesn’t sound like such a bargain.

Isn’t a diesel engine and a big, spacious body a recipe for loud, echoy crudeness?

Not in this case. As with the Mondeo, the Galaxy is very well insulated and feels like a more expensive car than it actually is. There’s a big choice of engines, and although we’ve not yet tested them all we have a strong suspicion that the 2.0-litre diesel is the pick of the range. With its low-down pulling power, responsive throttle and high cruising speed, it feels extremely well suited to the kind of use a big family car is going to face.

There’s a 143bhp 2.0-litre petrol, also available in a bioethanol-friendly FlexFuel version; a 159bhp 2.3 petrol; and three and a half diesels: 99 and 123bhp versions of the 1.8, our 138bhp 2.0 and a 173bhp 2.2. The 2.3 is automatic only, the 1.8 is available with five- and six-speed manuals, the 2.0 petrol is five-speed manual, the 2.0 diesel is six-speed manual or auto and the 2.2 is six-speed manual.

Basic spec is called Edge. Go up to Zetec, for an extra £2000, and you get an alarm, alloy wheels and climate control as standard. Go up to Ghia for cruise control, fancier infotainment and generally plusher trim.

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bob59

bob59 says

RE: Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Ghia CAR review

Nice review but you missed an important item in your review. The New Shape Galaxy (2006 on) does not have a spare wheel and has no provision for one. Also I am advised that the puncture repair kit fluid once used in the tyre renders the tyre useless as the puncture cannot be repaired once the fluid has come into contact with the inside of the tyre. The cost of a factory fitted replacement tyre is approx. £200. Not very user friendly of FORDs!

09 March 2009 18:43

 

Batty

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Batty says

RE: Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Ghia CAR review

Pedro- laugh out loud funny that pair; thanks mate!

15 October 2008 21:07

 

Pedro

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Pedro says

RE: Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Ghia CAR review

Batty: In the same vein, I assume the old Ford Orion is fitted with belts? Actaully, as you're sitting in a Ford you may be a star but I'd guess you have a damp backside.

15 October 2008 17:21

 

Batty

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Batty says

RE: Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi Ghia CAR review

If I buy a Galaxy, and I sit within it, am I then a star?

15 October 2008 04:33

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