£38,000 - £40,250 Price range
To mark it out from the already well-equipped Edge, Ford has given the Vignale unique seats with eye-catching diamond stitching and premium leather. The dashboard is covered in soft leather, too, but it doesn’t feel as special as those in similarly priced premium rivals such as the Mercedes GLC.
Interior space is one of the regular Edge’s best qualities and that has remained unchanged in the Vignale, so you can easily carry four six-foot passengers, plus the boot is huge at 602 litres in capacity.
In terms of engines, there’s only one – a 2.0-litre diesel. That leaves you to choose between a six-speed manual or an automatic with the same number of gears. The manual-equipped version comes with 178hp, while the auto gets 207hp, but its slow changes mean it is not much quicker.
The regular Edge costs a lot less than the Vignale, and in that price bracket, it’s one of the better cars to drive with confidence-inspiring direct steering and not as much body roll as you’d expect in a 2,000kg SUV. However, the Vignale’s price tag puts it up against rivals such as the Jaguar F-Pace and BMW X3 – both of which offer a sporty feel that’s outwith the Ford’s grasp.
On the bright side, the Vignale’s price means equipment levels are high, with all cars getting the latest Sync 3 infotainment system with improved voice commands along with adaptive steering, all-round parking sensors, heated front seats and a hands-free powered boot lid, which opens by waving your foot underneath the rear bumper.
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