Road test: Ford Edge

Posted on August 18th, 2016 by James Luckhurst

The Edge is capable and comfortable, but not a standard setter.

Road test: Ford Edge

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What is it?

The new Ford Edge is the Blue Oval’s big 4×4 to compete against upmarket rivals such as the BMW X3 and mainstream SUVs like the Kia Sorento.

How safe is it?

We have reservations about the thick windscreen pillars, but all the safety kit you’d expect is included. There’s no overall safety rating from Euro NCAP yet, though.

Who should buy one?
If you’re free from brand snobbery and can live with five seats rather than seven, the Ford Edge is a large and capable car, but it’s not a
class leader.
Road test by David Motton 18 August 2016

 

 

DRIVING AND PERFORMANCE
Road test: Ford Edge

First impressions? The Edge is a big car. That’s obvious as you walk towards it, and it’s reinforced when you step inside and drive away. Some 4x4s seem to shrink around you once up to speed, but you never forget the Edge’s size and heft.
It weighs just under two tonnes, which goes some way to explaining why the Edge doesn’t feel as agile as the best Fords. It would be harsh to call it ponderous or unwieldy, but it takes a considered approach to changing direction. Whether with the standard steering or the Adaptive Steering of the range-topping Sport there’s little feedback through the wheel.
Entertainment might not be on offer, but comfort is. Even on sports suspension and 20-inch alloy wheels, the big Ford irons out imperfections in the road effectively, only caught out by really sharp bumps. On standard suspension and with 19-inch alloys the ride feels smoother still. It’s worth noting that our test drive took place on smooth roads in southern Germany, and we’d bet the standard suspension will prove the better choice for the UK’s imperfect road surfaces.
There are just two engines to choose between (or one in two states of tune, if you want to be pedantic). The 180PS (178bhp) diesel is matched to a six-speed manual gearbox. Go for the more powerful 210PS (207bhp) engine and the Powershift automatic takes care of gearchanges for you.
Despite its power and healthy 332lb ft of torque, the 210PS Edge feels surprisingly subdued. The Powershift gearbox is partly to blame – it swaps ratios smoothly but doesn’t rush to grab a lower gear when needed. In practice, the less powerful manual barely seems any slower.
Both models are reasonably quiet, not just because of the engines themselves, but due to some clever technology. Called Active Noise Control, it works like noise-cancelling headphones to counteract unwanted sounds. Titanium and Sport models come with acoustic glass, which hushes the cabin further.

SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
Road test: Ford Edge

So, is the Edge a rival for upmarket SUVs or practical family 4x4s? Ford argues it can take on both, and that attempt to please two different markets is apparent in the cabin.
Unlike the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, the Edge has five seats with no option for seven. But with no need to squeeze in another row of seats, Ford has made the Edge very roomy for five. Those in the front have lots of room to get comfortable, and tall adults will be comfortable in the back. Headroom is a little tight on models with a sunroof, though.
Boot space is also very good, with a 602-litre capacity. Most families of four should find that large enough for a week’s holiday luggage.
But is it really a true rival for the Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC? The cabin is reasonably screwed together but lacks the design flair and showroom appeal of the best German 4x4s.

SAFETY
Road test: Ford Edge

The Edge hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, but has scored well in US crash tests. What’s more, some useful safety aids are standard, including Ford’s Lane Keeping Aid and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. However, the front windscreen pillars are very thick, and widen further at the base. The driver has to make a conscious effort to look around at junctions, which is why we’ve marked the Edge down.

EQUIPMENT
Road test: Ford Edge

The entry-level Zetec has 19-inch alloys, a DAB radio, a colour touchscreen, a rearview camera, heated front windscreen and more. Upgrades on Titanium cars include front and rear parking sensors, powered tailgate, satnav, heated front seats and acoustic side glass. Sport models have more aggressive styling, 20-inch alloys, sports suspension, Adaptive Steering, enhanced satnav and extra speakers.

COSTS

Road test: Ford Edge

Prices start from £29,995 rising to £36,750. That’s serious money, and means the Edge has no shortage of talented rivals. Even so, the used car experts at CAP predict strong second-hand values. Fuel economy varies depending on the engine and gearbox combination, as well as the size of the alloy wheels, ranging from 47.9mpg to 48.7mpg – some way off the 57.6mpg of the BMW X3 xDrive20d automatic.

WE SAY
The Edge is capable and comfortable, but not a standard setter.

AT A GLANCE:
Price: £36,750 as tested
Performance: 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds
Economy: 47.9mpg combined
Insurance: Group 29E
Tax: Band G (£185)

Figures for the Ford Edge 2.0 TDCI 210PS Sport