The people carrier of the people is back. Ford’s firm family favourite, the Galaxy, has been hauling the nations kids from A to B since the mid-90s and remarkably the current third generation model has been a fixture on our roads, more or less unaltered, for the best part of nine years. Although the durable and practical nature of MPVs often grants them a longer shelf life than many other species of car, the time has now come for the Galaxy to go fourth; presenting the all-new Mk IV Ford Galaxy.
The Galaxy has always been about one thing; space (no pun intended, honestly). While lacking the sporty appeal of its S-Max cousin, and certainly its unique levels of drivability, the third generation model was one of the most roomy and practical MPVs around, amply seating seven with bags of boot space to spare.
The all-new 2015 Galaxy, announced in Germany this week, adds an additional layer of refinement and technology to the winning formula, putting the emphasis on semi-luxurious as well as practical travel for the masses.
The latest Galaxy dons Ford’s newest interpretation of its “family face” with a widened grill and slim-line headlamps at the front and extensive use of glass merging with the automatic tailgate-mounted headlamps to the rear.
However, it’s on the inside where the 2015 Ford Galaxy really earns its stripes. The seven full-size seats remain as spacious and comfortable as ever and can be raised and lowered for extra load space at the push of a button. In fact, a further 10mm more rear headroom has been squeezed out over and above the outgoing model, with up to 40mm more than certain key rivals. The traditional instrument cluster makes way for an optional 10-inch digital screen and Ford SYNC 2 voice control enables drivers to operate phone, entertainment, climate and navigation systems without lifting a finger. An aray of park assist features are also accessible via the digital interface.
An improved rear suspension set-up provides a smoother, quieter ride in the cabin with a number of specific settings catered towards “comfort,” “normal” and “sport” driving modes. Power comes from either the powerful new 207bhp bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel or Ford’s stable of petrol units including the 158bhp 1.5-litre and 237bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost options.