Although the appearance of an MPV in a competition based around fuel efficient driving may not be expected by some, Ford has quoted an official fuel consumption figure of 47.1mpg for the 2.0-litre diesel.
The model, which comes with Ford’s newly-introduced Powershift transmission, also offers 159g/km of CO2 emissions, making it one of the cleanest MPVs on the market.
Professional Driver magazine named the Ford Galaxy, which is so popular it accounts for 60 per cent of all large MPVs sold in the UK, as best MPV in a recent survey, leading editor Mark Bursa to say:
“Ford Galaxy seemed unassailable in the MPV category of the Professional Driver Car of the Year awards. A raft of upgrades and improvements this year have made Galaxy more up-market and it drives superbly thanks to an excellent automatic transmission. Galaxy’s all-round competence keeps it ahead of the field.”
Ford hopes it can compete in the MPG Marathon and show the favourite with chauffeurs and professional drivers can offer low emissions as well as practicality.
The Galaxy will be driven by Addison Lee driver Dean Coogan and journalist Steve Moody of Fleet World. Addison Lee was chosen because it is the UK’s biggest Ford Galaxy customer with a 2,500-strong fleet.