The MK2 Ford Galaxy was available in three trim levels, to suit a wide variety of customer budgets and lifestyles, from the accessible value of LX, to the sporty refinement of Zetec or the luxury of Ghia. 
The extensive list of upmarket new options included side airbags (standard on Ghia), high intensity xenon headlights with retractable headlight washers, parking distance sensor front and rear (standard on Zetec and Ghia), advanced navigation system, plus the unique multi-media system which offers video playback and computer games display on state-of-the-art screens in the rear of the front-row headrests.The restyled Ford Galaxy exterior included a new bonnet, front wings, bumpers and tailgate. As well as providing fresh and distinctive front and rear views, the new design also appeared to stretch the vehicle in side view, emphasising the elegant and car-like look without compromising the one-box shape. Fresh details like the slimmer front grille and the tear-shaped headlights also made a major contribution to the new appearance. 

The redesigned interior of the MK2 Ford Galaxy delivered improved practicality in a stylish, premium quality package. The focal point was the radical new dashboard, with its purposeful new steering wheel. This featured a fine pyramid-pattern ‘technical’ grain finish and metallic spokes, surface treatments echoed throughout the interior and which contribute significantly to the contemporary feel. 

The seats were made more comfortable and stowage opportunities were increased, notably with the two handy boxes incorporated neatly into the top of the dash. Large enough to hold a variety of items with ease, the boxes have satisfying details such as the positive action of the release catches, damped opening mechanisms and soft-feel linings.

The flagship engine for the revised Ford Galaxy range was a new 24-valve, 204 PS 2.8-litre V6 which delivers 17 per cent more power than its predecessor. As a result, the 0-62mph time dropped from 11.8 to 9.9 seconds while average fuel consumption was cut by eight percent. Four new, 1.9-litre diesel options – in 90 PS, 115 PS, 130 PS & 150 PS variants – feature high pressure fuel injection technology to deliver outstanding torque, as well as reducing both exhaust emissions and fuel consumption. The engine line-up was completed by Ford’s smooth and flexible 2.3-litre DOHC, now with improvements to driveability, exhaust emissions and overall quietness. Advanced transmissions for the MK2 Ford Galaxy included six-speed manuals and four- and five-speed ‘Select-Shift’ automatic transmissions, which allow sequential manual gear-changes if required.
A major innovation in driving dynamics for any vehicle in this class was the new Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) fitted as standard on V6 Ford Galaxy models, and optional with the 115 PS diesel engine. The system detects a loss of driver control under extreme conditions and uses braking and throttle control to re-establish stability.
The MK2 Ford Galaxy continued to set the class standard for an outstanding combination of steering precision, handling and ride comfort. Steering feel was improved, the suspension set-up optimised to suit the new engines, and the V6 Galaxy had also been equipped with larger brakes, to handle the higher engine power. A Sports Pack option (sports suspension, performance bumpers, side skirts) was also available.