Parents rejoice … the Ford Galaxy 2.0 Zetec TDCi is a low cost vehicle for transporting
bickering kids. Why? Because this seven-seater can be bought outright for only £26,150
or via a Personal Contract Plan. Terms for the latter include the £9,054.91 deposit of
which the manufacturer contributes £1,500. This is followed by one payment of £329
(including the £10 Finance Facility Fee) and twenty-three monthly instalments of £319.
At the end of the term there are three options. One, pay the £11,409 Optional Final
Payment to own the vehicle. This totals £28,139.91 including £1,434.91 interest and the
£10 Purchase Fee. Option two is to return it and make the kids walk home. There should
be nothing else to pay assuming it is in fair condition and has not exceeded the 9,000
mile annual allowance. Excesses are charged at 9.6 pence per-mile. Option three is to
purchase - as per option one - then part exchange via a further Personal Contract Plan. If
the car is worth more than its Final Payment - perhaps because the kids have done less
damage than expected – the difference contributes towards the newer vehicle’s deposit.
Ford Galaxy Zetec 2.0 TDCi Practicality
Parents rejoice … the Ford Galaxy 2.0 Zetec TDCi is also a practical environment for
bickering kids. Why? Because its five rear seats - which are arranged in a row of three
followed by a row of two - fold flat individually and slide forwards/backwards. These
manoeuvres require very little effort and enable parents to separate children and carry
awkward loads. The Galaxy's boot is impressive too. As such, even with a platoon of
seven its cargo capacity is 308-litres. That is considerably larger than the current Ford
Fiesta and virtually identical to a Ford Focus Hatchback Mk3. Furthermore, volume can
be increased to a van-like 2,325-litres by folding the middle and rear seats flat. That
eclipses nearly every estate on the market including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The
Galaxy also has numerous storage compartments that can keep noisy games out of sight.
Ford Galaxy Zetec 2.0 TDCi Handling And Equipment
Parents rejoice … the Ford Galaxy Zetec 2.0 TDCi keeps bickering kids comfortable.
Why? Because it has sure-footed handling and a comfortable ride. As such it feels secure
through the corners and is more engaging than most vehicles in its class. The Galaxy has
pleasing performance too. This 140PS workhorse therefore hits 62mph in 10.1 seconds
and averages 47.9mpg. The latter is very impressive. These characteristics complement a
reasonable specification. Highlights include: parking sensors, Bluetooth, climate control,
MP3 playback, and a smart fuel cap. This prevents motorists pumping the wrong fuel
into the tank which is an easy mistake while simultaneously controlling six kids. All this,
of course, is backed-up by a three year warranty. Can you return kids after three years?