The Ford Galaxy AWD ticks an awful lot of boxes as a tow car.
It’s heavy, sends power to all four wheels, and there’s space inside for seven. Judging from the spec, it has a lot going for it.
For the most part, it lives up to that promise while towing. With 295lb ft of torque the 2.0-litre diesel engine isn’t as punchy as some, but it builds speed with steady determination.
There’s enough muscle to cope with starting on a 1-in-6 slope, albeit with some vibration through the seat and steering wheel.
At speed, the big Ford feels firmly in charge of the caravan, unless a stiff breeze picks up. Even then, movements are slight.
In everyday driving the Galaxy isn’t quite as rewarding as the smaller S-Max, but nonetheless it handles well for such a big car and rides very comfortably.
The Galaxy’s size is an advantage when it comes to carrying people, and there’s more space in the third row than in many rivals. With the third row stowed away there’s lots of room for bags.
However, the Ford lost lots of marks with our practicality testers, because the handbook warns against towing with the space-saver spare.
This high-spec Galaxy is very expensive, although that is reflected in the specification and standard equipment. However, we think the slightly smaller S-Max is better value for most caravanners.