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
The Edge doesn’t have Ford’s latest interior design – like you’ll find on its new Focus.
In Titanium and ST-Line forms 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 Ford Edge fails to wow like its German alternatives do. Its switches and air vents in particular feel flimsier to use.
The Ford Edge Vignale adds more leather to the doors and dash, while the seats get higher quality leather, but the same basic construction and switches remain so it isn’t as convincing as in some of Ford’s other posh Vignale models.
The ST-Line model adds a dark roof lining, alloy pedals and part-Dinamica seats for a sportier feel, although you’ll never be mistaking the Edge for sports car 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
Every Ford Edge comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that feels dated next to the more advanced systems in alternative SUVs. Sure, it gets DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, but the on-screen graphics look dated and it isn’t particularly responsive.
Alongside this Ford includes a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display as standard. That’s nice to have and is certainly more attractive and informative than normal analogue dials, but the truth is that the digital dials from Audi and BMW are clearer on the move and far more visually engaging.
Titanium models come with a standard Ford sound system that feature nine speakers, but stepping up to the ST-Line or Vignale Edge brings a premium 1000-watt B&O system and no less than twelve speakers which sounds superb. Happily you can also add this system to Titanium models for a relatively small fee, which is worth doing if you love your music.
Every Ford Edge also comes with the ability to connect to an app on your smartphone. Through this you can do things such as find it in busy car parks, lock and unlock the car and even switch the engine on and off.