Ford Galaxy Ghia 2.3 Review
A Space Odyssey

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
9 Mar 2010
 

With the introduction of the Ford Galaxy, the likes of the Previa and Odyssey now have a genuine competitor from Europe.

Galaxy of stars

At 4820mm long, the Galaxy is Huge with a capital H but Ford's designers have done well to eliminate its visual bulk from the front and rear.

The last time Ford offered a Galaxy MPV in its line-up was way back in the 1990s. The first generation Galaxy was basically a Volkswagen Sharan and a Seat Alhambra with a Blue Oval badge stuck on its nose - all three models were notorious for appalling build quality and the lack of reliability back then.

Fast forward to more than a decade later and Ford has finally reintroduced the Galaxy to the local line-up. It's not the same model that was sold previously though but the current generation one that was first seen at the 2005 Frankfurt Motorshow.

The Galaxy, together with its S-Max small brother was recently mildly facelifted in Europe but the models we currently get here are the pre-facelift ones.

The Galaxy is yet another Blue Oval that embodies Ford's current styling language that is also featured on the S-Max. Mondeo, Fiesta and the upcoming new generation Focus. Dubbed ‘Kinetic' design, the look has the right mix of aggression, dynamism and elegance.

At 4820mm long, the Galaxy is Huge with a capital H but Ford's designers have done well to eliminate its visual bulk from the front and rear. The triangular headlamps give it a distinctive face while the tail lamps give the rear a modern and contemporary feel. Like many large MPVs these days, the windscreen area is large and steeply raked. It's hard to deny the fact that the Galaxy is very tall from the sides though. All in all, the Galaxy's looks aren't as dynamic or sporty as the S-Max's but it is not staid and boxy like some MPVs are.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2261cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 161bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 208Nm @ 4200rpm
Power to Weight 90.7 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 191 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type MPV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4820 x 1884 x 1736) mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Kerb Weight 1775 kg

Brakes