Ford’s two biggest people carriers – the Mondeo-based S-Max and the Galaxy – have been put through the Euro NCAP wringer and delivered a maximum five star score.

It’s good news everywhere, as the MPVs deliver a stellar 87% score in both the adult and child occupant safety categories, with a perfect score in the lateral impact tests for both barrier and the more severe pole test.

There’s a minor blemish in the scores for rear seat adult passengers, with marginal chest protection in the frontal impact and poor whiplash protection in the rear impact. However both outboard seats in the middle row are compatible with the new i-Size standard for child restraints.

Pedestrian impact was rated at a stellar 79%, with the only poor and weak areas being where the windscreen joins the A-pillars and front bulkhead.

The cars also score 71% in the Safety Assist section, with a high level of standard electronic aids. Lane departure warning and assist is an option Ford expects to be widely adopted, while an autonomous braking system is also optional but anticipated to be less popular.

Only the Galaxy was subjected to the panel-grinding torture of Euro NCAP’s collision tests, with the S-Max receiving mirrored scores after examination by the experts.

These reports will be welcomed by Ford, who see larger families as the target market for botht the S-Max and the Galaxy. The previous generation Galaxy also scored 5 stars after undergoing the NCAP tests, meaning that the safety aspect has been well retained into the new model.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 21, 2015