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