Ford Edge

Ford Edge Review

The Ford Edge has sharp looks, a roomy cabin with lots of equipment and a massive boot. Alternatives are higher quality with better infotainment, though, and there’s no petrol option

6/10
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What's good

  • Good interior space
  • Generous boot space
  • Standard equipment

What's not so good

  • Material quality inside
  • No petrol option
  • Dated infotainment system

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Overall verdict

The Ford Edge has sharp looks, a roomy cabin with lots of equipment and a massive boot. Alternatives are higher quality with better infotainment, though, and there’s no petrol option

If you want a large SUV that offers great space and lots of standard equipment but won’t blend in with the glut of SUVs on sale today, the Ford Edge makes a strong case for itself.

The Edge has been around in North America since the mid-2000s, but first crossed the Atlantic back in 2016. While it’s eclipsed by huge pick-ups stateside, it’s currently Ford’s largest SUV in the UK, and after a 2018 facelift does battle with upmarket alternatives such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC as well as the Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Kodiaq.

You certainly won’t mistake the Ford Edge for any of those SUVs from the outside. It has a brazen US-centric look with a gaping grille made even more distinctive as part of its facelift, while the whole front of the car is an imposing, bluff design that helps accentuate its ride height. At the back its steeply raked pillars and wide boot give it a butch stance.

Inside things are a little more restrained, mainly because the Edge doesn’t have Ford’s latest interior design – like you’ll find in its new Focus. There are large soft touch areas on the dash and doors and plenty of piano black chrome accents dotted around to lift the mood, but ultimately the Edge fails to wow like its German alternatives do. Its switches and air vents, in particular, feel flimsier to use.

Every Ford Edge comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that feels similarly dated. Sure, it gets DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the on-screen graphics look more Nokia 3310 than iPhone X and it isn’t particularly responsive. The standard 12.3-inch digital driver’s display is nice to have, but again, lags behind Audi and BMW’s units visually.

Space is not an issue, though. BFG-like adults will feel comfy in the front seats, while the driver has all the adjustment he or she could possible need at the seat and wheel. Meanwhile another couple of fictional giants can sit behind with generous amounts of knee and head room. Even a third passenger in the back isn’t much of a squeeze, although there’s no seven-seat option. The Edge’s boot, though, is bigger in size than all but a Skoda Kodiaq’s.

Ford is chasing the premium SUV market with its Edge, and in terms of space it has most alternatives licked. But it’s hard to overlook that the usual German trio are better built inside

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The Ford Edge comes with a choice of two turbocharged diesel engines, both 2.0-litres in size, but with two power outputs: an entry-level 150hp and a biturbo with 238hp. The 150hp is front-wheel drive, the 238hp is four-wheel drive, but both engines come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The more powerful engine was introduced with the Edge’s 2018 facelift and there’s lots to like. It’s quiet for starters, it works well with the also-new automatic gearbox and there’s plenty of low down pull for towing or overtaking, if no scintillating pace. However, most people will be better off with the 150hp diesel: it’s cheaper to buy, comes with the same great gearbox, uses less fuel and most won’t mind its even more leisurely performance.

Part of the performance problem is just how heavy the Edge is – all models weigh more than two tonnes. As such it’s no sports car in tight corners, where even the ST-Line model with its stiffer sports suspension feels bulky to hustle down a winding country road. That’s not helped by steering that’s vague, nor that sports suspension which is too firm over bumps. It’s best to stick with the Edge’s standard suspension for the best comfort, although even then its German alternatives are all more comfy full stop.

The Ford Edge comes in three distinct forms, the entry-level but well-equipped Titanium trim, the sporty ST-Line or the luxurious Vignale. Only the Titanium comes with the lesser 150hp diesel engine, while the ST-Line and Vignale get the 238hp unit. In all its forms the Edge looks expensive next to a CX-5 or Kodiaq, being priced more in line with the more premium Q5, X3 and GLC, but see what you could save on our Ford Edge deals pages.

And for more in-depth info on the Ford Edge, check out our interior, practicality and driving pages.

What's it like inside?

The Ford Edge is billed as a premium SUV but the fact is that alternative premium SUVs from Audi, BMW and Mercedes do the job far better inside

Anybody hoping for Audi-levels of quality inside a Ford Edge will be disappointed. More so given this is now Ford’s older interior look and feel

Mat Watson
carwow expert

How practical is it?

Those who need to carry seven should look elsewhere, but the Ford Edge is extremely spacious for five people and their luggage

The Ford Edge is actually based on the Ford S-Max MPV underneath and there’s no doubt that space is generous, even if you can’t seat seven

Mat Watson
carwow expert
Boot (seats up)
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Boot (seats down)
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Let’s get the obvious out of the way first – the Ford Edge only seats five people, which means cars such as the Skoda Kodiaq already have an advantage. However, the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Mazda CX-5 all only seat five and versus these alternatives the Edge looks very accommodating indeed.

Very tall adults will feel more than comfortable in the front seats, while the driver has all the electric adjustment he or she could possible need at the seat and wheel. Meanwhile another couple of tall adults are able to sit behind with generous amounts of knee and head room.

On the odd occasion you’ll need three adults across the rear seats, the Edge’s wide cabin handles that well too, and the middle passenger only has to contend with a slightly raised floor. And there’s more good news: if you fancy adding the optional panoramic sunroof, rear head room isn’t compromised.

You won’t be searching around for places to throw your odds and sods in the Ford Edge. Both front door bins are generously sized, easily swallowing a large water bottle. The glove box is capable of carrying way more than a pair of gloves and there’s a cubby at the base of the dashboard in front of the gear selector that’ll handle you phone and some keys.

Further to that, there are two cup holders on the centre console that’ll hold a couple of frappuccinos firmly in place, and behind these, beneath the central armrest, you’ll find yet another large cubby that’ll take a small water bottle plus you phone, wallet and keys if needed.

In the back the door bins aren’t quite as large as those in the front, but are far from stingy, and the Edge’s front seatback pockets feel sturdy enough to transport heavy books or a laptop. Flip down the rear armrest and you’ll find a further two cup holders.

With 602 litres of boot space the Ford edge has around 10% more outright space than a Q5, X3, GLC and CX-5, and is only trumped by the freakishly-big Skoda Kodiaq.

In reality a family living with the Edge will have absolutely no issues with boot space, because there’s no loading lip, it’s a nice square, efficient shape and a powered tailgate comes as standard. Inside, you’ll fit three large suitcases with ease and a pushchair will go in without fuss.

If there’s one slight downside it’s that the Ford edge doesn’t come with 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, instead getting a 60:40 set-up offering less flexible space. Still, rear seats folded down almost flat there’s no ridge when sliding longer items through to the front seats and bicycle will go in no problem.

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What's it like to drive?

Strong diesels, but no petrols

The Ford Edge comes with good diesel engines and a slick automatic gearbox, but it’d be nice to see a petrol option and it weighs quite a bit more than most alternatives

The Edge isn’t short of power or torque, but it’s no sprinter weighing this much. Two tonnes a lot amongst its SUV peers

Mat Watson
carwow expert

We’re yet to try the 150hp diesel engine paired with its eight-speed automatic gearbox in the Ford Edge, but having tried it in other Fords we can confidently say it makes the most sense.

It certainly isn’t quick, taking more than 11 seconds to reach 62mph from a standstill, and it comes with front-wheel-drive only, but these two factors are unlikely to worry most buyers. It’s also the cheapest option to buy and has the best fuel economy figures of the range.

The trouble is, if you want ST-Line or Vignale trim or four-wheel-drive, you’ll have to go for Ford’s new 238hp diesel. Aside from the obvious extra cost of buying and running it, that’s no hardship – it’s a smooth, quiet diesel engine, and like the 150hp, works extremely well with Ford’s eight-speed gearbox.

The Edge’s vast bulk means even the larger diesel doesn’t feel particularly swift, though, an area where the Edge lags behind all of its alternatives. It’s worth noting, too, that automatic gearbox is best left in auto mode – manual changes via the paddles are sluggish compared with the doing the same in an Q5, X3 or GLC.

Neither comfort not handling are the Ford Edge’s strongest suits. Titanium and Vignale models come on standard suspension which manages to soak up smaller ruts and bumps well enough, but does feel less settled over bigger bumps at low speeds in town.

The ST-Line model has stiffer suspension in a bid to make it corner flatter and feel sportier, but this also means it feels firmer over all bumps at all speeds. In fact, larger bumps are borderline uncomfortable.

And unfortunately even ST-Line models aren’t particularly fun to drive. Because every Edge weighs more than two tonnes and the steering is quite slow and feels disconnected, charging down a country road with lots of tight bends isn’t going to have you smiling. In truth, none of the Edge’s alternatives will have you grinning from ear to ear, but they will all provide more confidence when driving through corners quickly.

In town, the Edge’s turning circle in nothing special and its vast size makes it difficult to dart in and out of traffic with confidence. At least standard front and rear parking sensors are on hand to help guide you into tight parking spaces, while Ford’s Active Park Assist option will assess spaces and do the steering for you.

If you’d rather let the car do the work on long motorway journeys it’s possible to add Ford’s a Driver’s Assistance pack. This includes a system that will brake, accelerate and even steer to keep you between the white lines, as long as you keep your hands on the wheel.

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