The Galaxy looked like a contender, until we tried a hill start…
The Ford Galaxy 1.6 Ecoboost is very nearly a fine tow car. It’s let down badly by its performance in the hill-start test. The handbrake had to be yanked on before it would hold, and the turbocharged petrol engine struggled to get car and caravan to the top of the hill. The clutch stank in protest.
Once under way the Galaxy accelerates surprisingly well, and stability at high speeds and in the lane-change is very impressive.
With seats six and seven folded away, the Galaxy has plenty of luggage space. What’s more, our practicality team was pleased to see the puncture-repair kit under the footwell rather than buried beneath the boot where it’s harder to access.
The diesel version we tested in the past is a better tow car.