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New Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy hybrid MPVs revealed

The new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy hybrid powertrains reduce the cars’ CO2 emissions by around 10 per cent compared to the equivalent EcoBlue diesel units

Ford has launched new hybrid versions of the S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs, aimed at offering customers more practical alternatives to the Toyota C-HR and Kia Niro hybrid SUVs. Both are on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £36,535 for the S-MAX and £38,695 for the Galaxy.

Ford’s hybrid powertrain is fitted to both models and comprises a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a compact electric motor and a 1.1kWh battery pack. The system has a combined output of 187bhp and 200Nm of torque – and, in the S-MAX, it delivers claimed fuel economy of 43.5mpg and emissions as low as 147g/km of CO2.

As the battery pack is located under the boot floor, the S-MAX Hybrid retains the same boot space as the standard car. Even with all seven seats in place, the MPV has 285-litres of luggage room, but fold all of the seats flat and there’s a van-like 2,200 litres of space. The Galaxy also retains the same maximum boot space as its pure petrol and diesel siblings, at 2,339 litres.

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Both cars come as standard in Ford’s Titanium trim, which features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights and rear privacy glass. There’s a host of standard safety equipment, too, including traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors and an active speed limiter.

Inside, buyers get fabric upholstery, dual-zone climate control and rear table trays. Like the standard MPV, there’s also a roaming 3G hotspot, a 10.1-inch digital gauge cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system.

The S-MAX Hybrid is also available in Ford’s sporty ST-Line and comfort-biased Vignale specifications. The former is priced from £38,645 and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, black roof rails, ST-Line badges, a spoiler for the tailgate and black trim in place of the standard car’s chrome brightwork.

ST-Line models also come with a heated sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals, black headlining, illuminated tread plates and a pair of heated and electrically adjustable sports seats, which are trimmed in a blend of microsuede and leather.

Prices for the range-topping Ford S-MAX Hybrid Vignale start from £41,795. Upgrades over the ST-Line model include 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, metallic paint, silver roof rails, a power-operated tailgate and a pair of electrically folding door mirrors with memory function.

The S-MAX Vignale’s cabin also gets a lift with a leather-trimmed instrument binnacle, a leather steering wheel, a rear-view camera, an ambient lighting system and a pair of heated, cooled and massaging leather seats. Buyers also get a 12-speaker Sony stereo system with a subwoofer.

What do you make of the new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy hybrids? Let us know in the comments section below…

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