Galaxy 2.0 161bhp Duratorq TDCi
it goes on sale in April, the
revised 2010 Ford Galaxy range will
offer a higher class of ride, improved
performance and more comfort...
THE REVISED FORD GALAXY RANGE goes on sale in the UK in April (2010) but
with prices yet to be announced and depending upon the value of the Pound against
The refreshed Galaxy will have the option of Ford's new 2.0-litre, 200bhp
EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine with the new PowerShift
six-speed twin-clutch auto gearbox and new 2.0-litre Duratorq 113bhp and 161bhp
turbodiesel units with a 138bhp unit to follow. The PowerShift auto box will
be available as an option on the standard six-speed manual gearbox for the 138
and 158bhp diesels.
The seven-seat Galaxy achieved 8,005 registrations in the UK last year in the
MPV segment which showed a huge 30.2% decline in sales due to customers downsizing
to more compact multi-seat vehicles and also because many were sticking with
the vehicles they already had. The segment achieved around 94,800 sales according
to official figures but the Galaxy remained the best-selling large MPV, outselling
its closest rival the Volkswagen Sharan by five to one.
Eighty per cent of UK Galaxy sales are to fleet operators mainly chauffeurs,
private hire, taxi/mini-cab operators and for hotel and airport minibus use
and 97% of Galaxy models are diesel powered.
Like its stablemate the seven-seat, sportier looking and slightly smaller
S-Max the Galaxy has undergone a styling makeover and now has a more
shapely bonnet, bolder trapezoidal grille, new look fog lights, silver-coloured
roof rails, new LED tail lights and, depending on the version, more chrome detailing
on the side mouldings and door handles.
it is more luxurious and there is the Ford 'flat-floor' seating system where
the second and third rows of seats individually fold to the floor so passenger
or luggage carrying options are high. There is also a new premium sound system,
upgraded interior, partial or full leather trim options, a blind spot information
light that operates in the door mirrors and an adjustable speed limiter.
wet and windy
southern Spain over
the latest Galaxy with
the new 2.0-litre Duratorq
TDCi engine proved
to be an accomplished
During a pre-UK introduction press event in wet and windy southern Spain over
mountainous roads, the latest Galaxy with the new 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine
(161bhp of power and 251lb ft of torque from 2,000rpm) proved to be an accomplished
performer. Bearing in mind this vehicle is used to carry passengers, and because
it is popular with business transport operators, it has to be comfortable for
the paying public and cost-effective and reliable for the operator.
The latest generation Duratorq diesel engine appeared to be quieter and more
refined and with that all important responsiveness and flexibility in traffic.
There is reduced injection noise and an improved turbocharger provides faster
response. Driven over winding country roads and through towns the test vehicle
returned 35.8mpg against the official 49.5mpg figure. With a CO2 rating of 152g/km,
road tax is currently £150 but goes up to £155 in April when the revised Galaxy
goes on sale.
Niggles? With all seven seats in use, there's limited luggage space (308 litres)
but this does increase to a maximum of 2,325 litres. On the plus side the refreshed
Galaxy is comfortable and spacious, has a flexible interior, is well equipped
and drives well. All in all, it serves up a higher class of ride, performance
and comfort. David Miles
2010 Ford Galaxy 2.0 161bhp Duratorq TDCi | £ TBA
Maximum speed: 126mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Overall test MPG: 35.8mpg
Power: 161bhp | Torque: 251lb ft | CO2 152g/km