£29,995 - £39,500 Price range
47 - 48 MPG
The Ford Edge is a large five-seater SUV that’s both spacious and good to drive. Ford hopes it will draw customers away from the practical Volvo XC60 and the stylish Land Rover Discovery Sport, although it will also face stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
The Edge is available in North America with the option of a 247hp 2.0-litre petrol engine but UK buyers will be offered a choice of two diesels – a 2.0-litre 178hp unit or, in Sport trim, a more powerful 207hp version. All models come with all-wheel drive as standard and the option of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. It should also make a good tow-car thanks to a maximum braked towing capacity of 2,000kg and a kerb weight of more than 1,900kg.
The Edge’s interior shares many design features with the latest Galaxy, although a wealth of soft-touch plastics and gloss trim pieces help it feel like a more premium product. The infotainment system isn’t as intuitive as that fitted to some rivals but the simple button layout on the centre console ensures other on-board features, such as climate control and heated seats, can be adjusted without taking your eyes off the road.
The Edge is Ford’s largest current SUV in Europe and boasts an impressive amount of interior space. There is room for five six-foot-tall occupants and the 602-litre boot volume is larger than both the Volvo XC60’s 495-litre capacity and the 540 litres available in an Audi Q5. The flat load bay with no discernible lip makes loading and unloading bulky items easy.
Standard equipment levels are good – entry-level Zetec models come with traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, although sat nav is reserved for more expensive Titanium and Sport models.
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The Edge is the largest SUV in the current Ford European range – it’s less than 5cm shorter than a Range Rover Sport yet costs half as much and, as a result, boasts both a spacious interior and a very practical boot. A combination of soft-touch plastics and gloss black trim pieces set the interior apart from cheaper Ford products and there are numerous practical cubby holes including a generous central storage space.
The £2,000 Lux pack includes heated and cooled front seats with excellent lumbar support, heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof. This package is only available when paired with a £375 Sony sat-nav system that some drivers might find the awkward to use thanks to its cluttered display.
The instrument binnacle features a mix of digital and analogue gauges that integrate cohesively to present road-signs and sat-nav directions in a clear and concise manner.
Ford Edge passenger space
The Edge is only offered with five seats, despite its large external dimensions. This arrangement means, while larger families may be better off with a seven-seat Hyundai Santa-Fe or Kia Sorento, passengers in the Ford are treated to good levels of both head- and legroom, even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted.
Ford Edge boot space
Another side-effect of the Edge’s five-seater layout and large size is its capacious load bay. The 602-litre boot is greater than both the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with 495 and 540 litres respectively, and the flat floor without a lip makes loading and unloading large items relatively easy. If you fold the seats down the capacity grows to a van-rivalling 1,847 litres – luggage hooks are provided to secure heavy or fragile items.
The Edge drives with an innate agility that belies its large size. The standard steering is well-weighted and provides plenty of feedback but the optional adaptive power steering, however, is more vague and can wander slightly at motorway speeds. We’d avoid this option for our money.
It might be a high-riding SUV but it manages to combine well restrained body roll with a comfortable ride. The suspension does a good job of absorbing large bumps without being jarring or harsh, especially if you avoid the Sport’s larger 20-inch alloy wheels.
The six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are both reasonably refined, allowing you to pull away smoothly and cruise quietly on motorways. The optional automatic can be a little reluctant to change down when you accelerate hard but it’s quick to respond to the steering-wheel mounted paddles.
Four-wheel drive is fitted to all Edge models as standard and Ford has no plans to introduce a two-wheel drive model in the immediate future. A combination of four-wheel-drive grip, a near two-ton kerb weight and a large boot could make the Edge a practical tow-vehicle suitable for a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Customers can choose from a pair of 2.0-litre diesel engines, a 178hp unit in Zetec and Titanium models, or a more powerful 207hp version in the Sport model. Both are quiet and refined around town and when cruising on motorways but do drone rather loudly when you accelerate hard. The 178hp engine feels underpowered at times thanks to the Edge’s near two-tonne mass and the 207hp model fares only slightly better. Neither option will make the Edge feel particularly spritely – customers after an SUV with sportscar handling will be better off with a Mazda CX-5.
The less powerful 178hp unit is capable of hauling the Edge to 62mph from rest in 9.9 seconds and returns a not particularly impressive 48.7 miles per gallon. Its CO2 emissions of 149g/km mean it’ll cost you £145 per year to tax (£185 in the first year).
If you plan to regularly tow trailers or would prefer a slightly faster Ford, the 207hp Sport model with a bi-turbo diesel engine with overboost function is a better bet – the 0-62mph sprint is completed in a marginally brisker 9.4 seconds and there is 25 per cent more torque on offer. Fuel economy is slightly poorer at 47.9mpg and greater CO2 emissions of 152g/km mean road tax will cost you £40 more per year than Zetec or Titanium models.
The Edge’s active noise cancellation system, assisted by window glass with special sound insulating layers, prevents the worst wind noise and tyre roar from entering the cabin.
The Edge hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP yet but, considering the rest of the Ford range has received impressive four and five-star scores, we have little reason to doubt the Edge will also be rated highly.
Key features assessed by Euro NCAP such as Pedestrian detection systems and automatic city braking are present and correct on all Edge models and a range of additional driver assistance features including lane assist, automatic headlights, traffic sign recognition and tyre pressure monitoring are also fitted as standard.
Ford Edge Zetec
Automatic windscreen wipers headlights, traffic sign recognition, lane assist, tinted windows and an active noise cancellation system are all standard features in Zetec trim. A colour touchscreen infotainment system is also fitted and controls a DAB digital radio and nine-speaker stereo system.
Ford Edge Titanium
Ford expects the majority of Edge sales to be in either Titanium or Sport trim. The former comes as standard with all the equipment of the Zetec model as well as front and rear parking sensors, hands-free boot opening, sat nav, heated front sports seats and sound-insulating side windows. The exterior also benefits from chrome roof rails and trim pieces and new alloy wheels.
Ford Edge Sport
Choose your new Edge in Sport trim and the exterior can be easily identified by larger 20-inch black alloy wheels and a dark-finished grille to match. New front and rear bumpers and colour-coded side skirts along with black roof rails complete the body styling changes. The interior comes with all the features of both Zetec and Titanium trims with an upgraded Sony sat-nav system. Behind the wheel, keen drivers may appreciate the fitment of sports suspension and adaptive power steering.
The Edge offers a combination of striking looks, good equipment levels and a spacious interior that many cars in its price range can’t match. It might not have the breadth of ability of some more expensive rivals and its selection of engines is limited but, if you’re after a comfortable car with a wealth of space that’s both refined and with enough equipment to feel like a premium product, the Edge makes quite an attractive choice.