Ford Galaxy Ecoboost Ghia 2.0, Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TSI (DSG) Review
Vroom to move

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
27 Sep 2011

With the introduction of the Sharan and the refreshed Galaxy, choices in the large MPV market are no longer just Japanese.  

Introduction, styling

When it comes the large MPVs, choices in the market were mostly Japanese in the past thanks to popular models like the Honda Odyssey, Mazda8 and Toyota Previa/Estima among others. The European brands’ existence in the sector was next to nothing after the discontinuation of the Renault Espace.

Last year, Ford became the first European brand to introduce a large MPV model since the Renault Espace in the form of the Galaxy. The Galaxy proved to be a strong alternative and competitor to the Japanese models and earlier this year, Ford introduced the updated version of the Galaxy with a more powerful and more efficient drivetrain, making the Galaxy a serious contender in the large MPV class. Just when Ford thought that the Galaxy had it on its own as the only European large MPV on sale here, along comes a competitor in the form of an old foe in the form of the Volkswagen Sharan.

The Galaxy and the Sharan have an interesting history between them of course – the first generation Galaxy was actually the same car as the first generation Sharan bar minor differences in exterior details and badges. Both models were even made in the same VW factory in Portugal. This time round though, the Sharan and the Galaxy couldn’t be more different from each other.

Outwardly, 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. The recently updated Galaxy not only featured a more efficient drivetrain but also minor cosmetic changes to the exterior. The updated model features a redesigned frontal section with a new, more sculpted bonnet, a bolder trapezoidal grille with inserts featuring subtle chrome bars, new fog and headlamps as well as a new radiator grille. At the rear, there are new, distinctive LED tail lamps. The changes on the new car are more subtle than those on the updated S-Max but they are at least sufficient to easily distinguish the newer Galaxy than the old. 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.

At 4820mm long, the Galaxy is Huge with a capital H if not as huge as the 4854mm long Sharan, but Ford’s designers have done well to eliminate its visual bulk from the front and rear. 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.

Like its Touran little brother, the new Sharan’s styling is well, a tad unimaginative and dare I say, predictable and boring. The Sharan looks most distinctive from the front thank to its Volkswagen corporate nose with its slim radiator grille and headlamps featuring intricate LED bulbs for daytime running lights. But it all looks staid and boxy along the flanks and upright rear. Park the Sharan next to the Galaxy and the latter will look almost adventurous in its styling in comparison, Blame it on the German’s obsession of maximizing the use of interior space in an MPV – square exterior equates to more cabin room after all.

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Engine Capacity 1999cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 203bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 300Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 117.7 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 217 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Powershift 6-speed Dual-Clutch Auto with manual override
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type MPV
(L x W x H)
(4819 x 2154 x 1770) mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Kerb Weight 1725 kg
Boot Capacity 308 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs


Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 200bhp @ 5100rpm
Torque 280Nm @ 1700rpm
Power to Weight 154.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 221 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type MPV
(L x W x H)
(4854 x 1904 x 1740) mm
Wheelbase 2919 mm
Turning Circle 5.95 metres
Kerb Weight 1298 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs