Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diesel Wins the Galaxy Star Prize; ES Wheels: Business Motoring: Powerful Engines and People-Carriers May Not Be the Best Mix When a Diesel Does the Job Better, Says David Williams

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diesel Wins the Galaxy Star Prize; ES Wheels: Business Motoring: Powerful Engines and People-Carriers May Not Be the Best Mix When a Diesel Does the Job Better, Says David Williams

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

THERE were only a couple of things wrong with the imposing V6-engined Ford Galaxy; it was too thirsty, and the power take-up from the automatic gearbox was ferocious.

What you expect from a people-carrier is a sense of serenity as it glides from nursery, to child minder, to supermarket and back home: it's the only way to retain that illusion of control over one's life.

The people-carrier should function smoothly, efficiently and, if the typical customer profile is anything to go by, relatively anonymously.

So it was a constant surprise when this roomy vehicle scorched away from junctions, wheels spinning and children's eyes bulging, even when the accelerator was lightly tapped. It would make a great pace car at Brands Hatch because it also handles well.

However, the new diesel-powered version cures all that and makes the 1.9 115bhp TDI Galaxy the model to choose.

Not only does it achieve impressive fuel-consumption figures, it is far more driveable than its petrol-powered cousin.

Until recently, I'd been wary of diesels which were boring to drive and far too noisy. But new, common-rail technology allows minutely measured doses of the fuel to be forced into the engine under high pressure, changing the whole perception of the diesel engine.

In the last few months, the ESwheels garage has been graced with a number of fast, impressive diesels, most notably the BMW 330d, which is an absolute peach; Audi's strong, sporty 2.5 TDI; and another Ford production, the impressive TDCi which comes in 1.8-litre guise and soon, 2-litre form.

Even though the 1.9 unit is an older design, it performs well and forges a happy relationship with the Galaxy.

On paper, the figures probably deter would-be customers. According to the technicians, it takes a snail-like 15.1 seconds to reach 62mph and has a top speed of "just" 111mph. What Car's own figures claim 60mph in around 13 seconds - but in practice it feels quicker than that. …

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