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Ford Galaxy

The independent definitive Ford Galaxy video review
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    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

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

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 50

    Ford brings us a fourth-generation version of its Galaxy seven-seater and this model boosts safety, is more efficient and brings an innovative third seat folding system. With a wide range of engines and improved interior quality, this one's going to be at the top of quite a few family shortlists.

    Backgroundword count: 216

    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 Experienceword count: 170

    Ford is offering this car with a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine in various forms. At the top of the range, there's twin-turbo 210PS putting out a lusty 450Nm 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 180PS 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. Petrol options include Ford's 160PS 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine and a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit offering 240PS. 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.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    8.8

    13.4

    Combined mpg:

    34.9

    54.3

    CO2 (g/km):

    139

    Extra urban mpg:

    44.1

    60.1

    Height (mm):

    1764

    Insurance group:

    16

    27

    ... and 6 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: MPV People Carriers

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    100%
    Styling, Build, Value, Equipment, Depreciation, Handling, Insurance and Total scores are available with our full data feed.

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