Being motoring enthusiasts, we at Motrolix rather subscribe to the belief that no one willfully adopts a minivan into their garage. Rather, the manner in which having a family might necessitate minivan ownership is sort of akin to blood-sugar tests for diabetics; you don’t really want it, but it’s requisite.
We will say, however, that were any of us in Europe and forced by circumstance to suffer a minivan, we would hope that it would be this one.
An all-new, fourth-generation Ford Galaxy was recently revealed by the Ford Motor Company, and the slim headlamps and pouty Aston-esque grille lend themselves astonishingly well to what might otherwise have been a dull, sneaker-shaped metal box of “I give up” like all the other MPVs. It’s a surprisingly handsome machine.
Certainly more important to potential customers is the bevy of refined features in the new 2015 Ford Galaxy, such as automatic raising/folding third row seats for optimized hauling capacity, Hands-Free Liftgate, self-leveling rear suspension, and even 8-way adjustable front seats with heating, cooling, and massage functions. The second row seats in this Ford Galaxy tilt and slide forward in a single motion to allow for quicker, easier access to the third row.
And then there’s the especially advanced stuff, like a Perpendicular Parking system which allows for hands-free reverse parking between cars, Park-Out Assist to help you out of a parallel-parking space, Cross Traffic Alert, Side Parking Aid, and a Front Split View Camera which gives you a 180-degree view on the infotainment screen of what you can’t see at the front of the car. As if that’s not enough, there’s a Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to help you keep out of accidents on the road, a courteous, adaptive high-beam system that detects (and avoids blinding) oncoming traffic, and even an Intelligent Speed Limiter to scan road signs, establish a speed limit, and adjust the throttle to help the driver avoid a speeding ticket.
Powering the new 2015 Ford Galaxy is a range of 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engines making around 120 HP, 150 HP, or 180 HP with a variable-geometry turbocharger. Or, there’s the bi-turbo mill rated for about 220 HP. Additionally, for those less keen on sparkless combustion-engines, a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost are available, producing around 160 and 240 HP, respectively.
Sleek, frugal, well-equipped, capacious; only two of these terms describe the traditional MPV. But with regards to this new 2015 Ford Galaxy, one could make a case for all four. Being forcibly made to adopt one never sounded so bearable.