There are lots of MPVs with seven seats, but how many have room for a family of seven and their luggage? This is the issue Ford has addressed with its new Galaxy.

Bigger and more practical than before, prices start from £19,495 for the cheapest petrol model. However, the diesels, with their strong, low-down pull and impressive fuel economy, are more likely to appeal to caravanners.

Here at Practical Caravan we have reviewed the most powerful 2.0 TDCi diesel in mid-spec Zetec trim, priced at £22,995. That looks like good value compared with the Chrysler Grand Voyager or Renault Grand Espace, both of which cost thousands more than the Ford. The Chrysler has proven ability to swallow passengers and all their clobber. Can the Galaxy offer the same practicality at a lower price? And how well does it tow?