Ford Galaxy interior
The Ford Galaxy’s feels much posher than in previous models, but alternatives look more modern and come with more intuitive infotainment systems
If you ever sat in an old Ford Galaxy, chances are you’ll remember it feeling pretty cheap and tacky inside. Thankfully, this new model has taken a big step upmarket thanks to some significantly plusher materials and much-improved fit-and-finish.
It still feels a little cheaper in places than the cabin you get in a VW Sharan, and its vertical air vents and deeply recessed infotainment display feel a bit dated compared with the super-modern design you’ll find in a Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer. It’s a shame that you can’t get any particularly snazzy trims to brighten up the place either.
That said, at least everything in the Ford Galaxy’s cabin is sensibly organised, so you’ll have no trouble tweaking the cabin temperature or adjusting the stereo volume while driving. The Ford Galaxy’s large windows and optional panoramic glass roof makes its cabin feel impressively roomy, too.
You won’t be bowled over by how the Ford Galaxy’s interior looks or how many of its materials feel, but at least all the controls are sensibly placed and easy to use
The Ford Galaxy’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system is also a huge improvement over what you used to get in the old car. This 8.0-inch touchscreen display is bright, clear and easy to read with a glance while you’re driving and top-spec models get an extra digital display instead of conventional analogue dials.
The central screen’s menus aren’t quite as easy to navigate as those in a VW Sharan however, and the sat-nav map screens don’t respond particularly quickly when you swipe to pan and pinch to zoom.
Thankfully, you can get it with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, so you can use your prefered navigation and music-streaming apps through the Ford Galaxy’s built-in infotainment display instead.