Where the Ford S-Max appeals to the leisure-active standard family, the Galaxy immediately targets the extended family. The third generation of the van starts in late summer and then comes with seven seats as standard, a refined interior and more assistants.
Visually, the Galaxy remains true to its style even after switching to the new Mondeo platform. As with its smaller brother, the classic van design was sanded and modernized, but not completely turned upside down. The most striking difference is the new grille in the slightly aggressive style of the brand. The interior, however, the designers want to have greatly upgraded, among other things, the driver's workplace has been cleared out and equipped with a modern touchscreen infotainment system that also listens to voice control.
Unlike the smaller S-Max and its predecessor, which was recently only available as a seven-seater for an additional charge, the new edition always has seven seats on board. For the first time, these no longer have to be laboriously balanced out of the trunk floor, but can be prompted to do so at the touch of a button to save energy. Also new is a 20-liter underbody compartment in the cargo area for transporting smaller items. Overall, the space available for passengers and luggage is said to have grown compared to its predecessor, which is also due to new, extra-thin seat backrests. Speaking of seats: in the new Galaxy, at least the front ones offer a massage and air conditioning function on request.
On assistance systems, the Galaxy comes with, among other things, an emergency braking system with person recognition, adaptive LED headlights with continuous high beam and intelligent cruise control. This recognizes the current speed limit based on the front camera and navigation data and brakes automatically in the event of an overshoot. There are also park assistants such as a cross-traffic assistant for reversing and a 180-degree camera in the radiator grille, which should make it easier to exit narrow gates, for example.
The drive program initially consists of six motors. Entry-level diesel is an 88 kW / 120 PS strong 2,0 liter diesel that is also available with 110 kW / 150 PS and 132 kW / 180 PS. A biturbo variant with 154 kW / 210 hp is also available. For petrol engines, the offer starts with the 118 kW / 160 hp 1,5 liter turbo, the top engine is a 2,0 liter turbo with 176 kW / 240 hp.
Ford has not yet quoted prices almost half a year before the market launch. The new Galaxy should only be slightly more expensive than the current model and start at just under 33.000 euros for the small petrol engine. Competitors include the newly launched Renault Espace, the VW Sharan and the Fiat Freemont.
Author: Holger Holzer / SP-X