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 faces stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
The Ford Edge is the company’s largest 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.
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.
You get the choice of two diesel engines – 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.
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.
The Ford Edge is a practical family car but it's pricing puts it next to better alternatives
The Ford 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 Ford Edge makes quite an attractive choice.
For a more detailed look at the Ford Edge, have a look through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications section of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of savings to expect take a look at our Ford Edge deals page.