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The Galaxy’s standard six-speed manual gearbox is precise and slick, while the optional six-speed (later eight-speed) automatic flits between gears smoothly and reacts quickly when you kick down for more acceleration. The hybrid has a CVT.

Need to know

It’s worth noting that the 2.0 TDCi 150 is as economical as the lesser 2.0 TDCi 120, at a claimed (NEDC) 56.5mpg and 129g/km, or 52.3mpg (WLTP). The 1.5 Ecoboost petrol propels the Galaxy well, with a claimed 43.4mpg and 149g/km. The Hybrid averages 44.1mpg. 

Insurance groups start at 17, for the lowest-powered diesel, rising to 26 for the 2.0 petrol.

Safety and security includes six airbags, stability control, an alarm and an immobiliser.

Buyer beware

Interior wear and tear: The Galaxy’s reliable, practical workhorse credentials are irrefutable, so large families love them – as do minicab companies. Make sure all of the seats fold properly, including the rearmost row, and that the interior trim is in good condition. 

Headlights turning off without warning: Some early examples fitted with optional adaptive LED headlights might suffer with a software glitch that can switch the headlights off. Any Ford dealer will be able to upload the updated software to prevent any future problems, free of charge.

Top spec

Zetec: Not only is it more common at cheaper price points than higher trims, but you also get all the basics plus creature comforts such as climate control. Front and rear parking sensors are particularly useful, too.

Our pick

2.0 TDCI 150: The popular 148bhp 2.0 TDCi offers a good mix of performance and economy for a reasonable price. It suits the car well, with the torque to haul a load of people, luggage, shopping or anything else. 

Wild card

2.0T Ecoboost 240 Titanium X: The Galaxy goes big on space and practicality. If you want the power to match, the most potent engine can be found in the Titanium X examples on Autocar’s used car buying pages.

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