This big Ford Galaxy has been on the Practical Caravan long-term test fleet, and in this spec it’s that rare thing: an MPV with a spacious, flexible cabin and with the traction of a 4×4.

Our car has Ford’s 180PS (178bhp) 2.0 TDCi engine, which should be strong enough to tow a suitably matched tourer.

It also has the Powershift twin-clutch automatic transmission.

This engine and gearbox combination is only available in high-spec Titanium X trim, and costs £38,645.

So, what are we looking for?

Most buyers looking for a seven-seater at this price point end up with an SUV rather than an MPV.

Does the Ford Galaxy 4×4 offer a worthwhile alternative? And what tow car ability does it have?

Let’s hitch up and find out!