Hybrid Ford Galaxy: a species to preserve


The non-plug-in hybrid version with 190 CV shows very good performance, with lower consumption

Cars in the minivan segment are a dying breed. If it wasn’t many years ago that they were the type of vehicle sought after by families, the success of SUVs has supplanted them in the market.

Despite this, Ford maintains two models in its catalog, the S-Max and the Galaxy, which are not only cars produced at the Valencian factory in Almussafes, but also stand out by offering what many SUVs cannot: space, modularity and versatility.

To verify this, we thoroughly tested the larger of the two models, the seven-seater Galaxy, which is equipped with a 190 hp non-plug-in hybrid engine. A combination that in principle could make us think of excessive consumption, but which, on the contrary, surprised us by its low ‘gasoline hunger’ both on urban routes and on highways and roads.

The good feeling is achieved because the Galaxy combines a highly efficient 2.5-litre Atkinson petrol engine with a battery-operated electric motor. The system recovers the energy normally lost when braking or accelerating and uses it to recharge the battery, so there is no need to plug in to recharge. It also allows you to cover short distances using only electric power, which is why we have the DGT ‘ECO’ label. The battery is under the floor, so it doesn’t reduce space, trunk, or occupants.

This conventional hybrid system gives us 190 horsepower, more than enough power to move freely despite the vehicle’s large size, and most importantly considering the family design, so we’ll normally be traveling with five (or seven) seats occupied, plus luggage . The brand-approved average consumption is 6.5 l/100 km, a figure we practically ‘tracked up’ during our test, combining urban routes with highways and even a climb to the Villatoro pass. Therefore, we can only qualify it with an ‘excellent’.

In terms of its capacity as a family car, in addition to seven seats, with this configuration we have about 200 liters of luggage space left, which can be increased to 2,339 if we fold down the two rows of rear seats, and that under normal conditions, with five seats, achieves a very good capacity of 1,300 litres.

It’s not too difficult to access the third row of seats, so all the seats are very usable.

In addition, the car has a towing capacity of up to 1,510 kg in the seven-seat mode and up to 1,710 kg in the five-seat mode, giving you additional capacity to tow a small boat, jet ski or trailer.

Engine: Hybrid (petrol7electric) 2.5 FHEV 140 kW (190 CV)

Consumption: 6.5 l/100 km

Dimensions (length/width/height in meters): 4.85/1.91/1.77

Trunk: from 200 to 2,339 litres

Price: from €35,740

Currently, the model is offered in a single Titanium finish, in which absolutely nothing is missing. Both in appearance and touch, the finishes are very good, and a complete equipment including keyless entry and start, adaptive and intelligent cruise control, front and rear cameras, adaptive LED headlights, navigator, blind spot control system, Sony sound system with 12 speakers, Park Assist and the Ford Pass remote services application. The price of the car, without the application of discounts or promotions, is 35,740 euros.

Source: La Verdad


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