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
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.