Ford Edge Vignale review
The Ford Edge Vignale is a large SUV with plenty of posh upmarket features in its spacious cabin but alternatives are cheaper, feel more modern inside and are better to drive
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The standard Edge is the largest car Ford sells in the UK, but if you’re looking for something that’ll stand out even more you might want to consider the Ford Edge Vignale. It’s more expensive, but it comes with plenty of upmarket adornments to make it a closer match for the posher BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.
Rather than the standard car’s ordinary painted details, Vignale models get generous helpings of chrome on their roof rails, front grille and 20-inch alloy wheels – as if it’s been rummaging through its parent’s jewellery drawer. Subtle it ain’t, but it’ll certainly get you noticed on the school run.
If you’re hoping the Ford Edge Vignale’s interior benefits from a similar selection of swanky features, prepare to be disappointed. Sure, it gets supple leather seats as standard, a revamped steering wheel and some illuminated Vignale sill trims, but that’s your lot. The rest of this range-topping Edge’s cabin looks just as unassuming as the standard car’s. If you’re after a flashy interior, any of the X3, GLC and Q5 trio will be a better bet.
It’s a similar story with the Ford Edge Vignale’s infotainment system. Despite using Ford’s latest Sync 3 technology, it’s fiddly to use and looks dated. Even the most basic system in an entry-level Skoda Kodiaq is more intuitive.
Unlike the Skoda Kodiaq – but just like the three German alternatives – the Ford Edge Vignale is a five-seater only. There’s plenty of space in the front for tall drivers and ample room behind for equally lofty passengers to get comfy.
Space in the Ford Edge Vignale’s boot is just as generous so you’ll have no trouble packing in a family’s luggage for a week away. It’s roomier than in the likes of the X3, Q5 and GLC with the back seats up and pips the commodious Land Rover Discovery Sport’s load bay to the post with them folded down.
You might want to consider the Ford Edge Vignale if you’re dying for a large, posh SUV but don’t fancy cruising around in a Land Rover or something with a German badge on the bonnet
Sadly, the Ford Edge Vignale can’t match these cars for choice when it comes to picking an engine; you can only get it with a 238hp 2.0-litre diesel unit. Thankfully, it’s smooth and reasonably economical, but it never feels especially perky – accelerating from 0-60mph takes more than nine seconds.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox you get as standard in the Ford Edge Vignale isn’t quite as good as those in most alternatives, either. It’s a little jerky around town and doesn’t respond with much urgency if put your foot down to overtake slow-moving traffic.
As a result, you’d never call the Ford Edge Vignale sporty, but at least it is pretty comfortable – especially at motorway speeds where you won’t hear a great deal of wind or tyre noise. You can’t get it with as many high-tech driver assistance systems as the likes of the X3, Q5 and GLC, but you can pay extra for a feature that’ll accelerate, brake and steer to keep you within your lane – just the thing to take the stress out of long motorway drives.
That being said, you can get all of these systems on the standard Edge, and on some more affordable alternatives for that matter. If, however, you’re desperate for a large SUV with a massive boot and don’t fancy one of the German mainstream models, then the Ford Edge Vignale is worth considering.