Ford Edge (2016-2018) review
The Ford Edge is a large five-seater SUV that’s both spacious and good to drive. Ford hopes it will draw customers away from the practical Volvo XC60 and the stylish Land Rover Discovery Sport, although it faces stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
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The Ford Edge is the company’s largest SUV in Europe and boasts an impressive amount of interior space. There is room for five six-foot-tall occupants and the 602-litre boot volume is larger than both the Volvo XC60’s 495-litre capacity and the 540 litres available in an Audi Q5. The flat load bay with no discernible lip makes loading and unloading bulky items easy.
The Ford Edge interior shares many design features with the latest Galaxy, although a wealth of soft-touch plastics and gloss trim pieces help it feel like a more premium product. The infotainment system isn’t as intuitive as that fitted to some rivals but the simple button layout on the centre console ensures other on-board features, such as climate control and heated seats, can be adjusted without taking your eyes off the road.
You get the choice of two diesel engines – a 2.0-litre 178hp unit or, in Sport trim, a more powerful 207hp version. All models come with all-wheel drive as standard and the option of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. It should also make a good tow-car thanks to a maximum braked towing capacity of 2,000kg and a kerb weight of more than 1,900kg.
Standard equipment levels are good – entry-level Zetec models come with traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, although sat nav is reserved for more expensive Titanium and Sport models.
The Ford Edge is a practical family car but it's pricing puts it next to better alternatives
The Ford Edge offers a combination of striking looks, good equipment levels and a spacious interior that many cars in its price range can’t match. It might not have the breadth of ability of some more expensive rivals and its selection of engines is limited but, if you’re after a comfortable car with a wealth of space that’s both refined and with enough equipment to feel like a premium product, the Ford Edge makes quite an attractive choice.
For a more detailed look at the Ford Edge, have a look through the interior, practicality, driving and specifications section of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of savings to expect take a look at our Ford Edge deals page.
The Edge is Ford’s largest European SUV and has a larger boot than many alternatives. Combine that with excellent rear space and you’ve got an SUV that’s great for both adventurers and flatpack furniture fans
This car almost feels like it should come with a surfboard as an optional extra
The Ford Edge is only offered with five seats, despite its large external dimensions. This arrangement means, while larger families may be better off with a seven-seat Hyundai Santa-Fe or Kia Sorento, passengers in the Ford are treated to good levels of both head- and legroom, even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted.
The news is just as good when it comes to cubby spaces, the Ford’s front doors have room for all the drinks you could need on a long journey, and the rear door bins are only slightly smaller. The glovebox is also huge, and the cubby under the front centre armrest is one of the biggest we have seen on any car. Handy features include a three-prong socket, so you don’t necessarily need a USB, and cupholders big enough to hold a large bottle of water. There’s also a cubby on top of the dashboard – though its lid feels flimsy – and a large tray hidden behind the dashboard.
A side-effect of the Edge’s five-seater layout and large size is its capacious load bay. The 602-litre boot is greater than both the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with 495 and 540 litres respectively, and the flat floor without a lip makes loading and unloading large items relatively easy. If you fold the seats down the capacity grows to a van-rivalling 1,847 litres – luggage hooks are provided to secure heavy or fragile items.
The Ford Edge drives with an innate agility that belies its large size.
The Edge is quiet on the move but the engines often struggle with the weight
You can choose from a pair of 2.0-litre diesel engines, a 178hp unit in Zetec and Titanium models, or a more powerful 207hp version in the Sport model. Both are quiet and refined around town and when cruising on motorways but do drone rather loudly when you accelerate hard. The 178hp engine feels underpowered at times thanks to the Edge’s near two-tonne mass and the 207hp model fares only slightly better. Neither option will make the Ford Edge feel particularly spritely – customers after an SUV with sportscar handling will be better off with a Mazda CX-5.
The less powerful 178hp unit is capable of hauling the Ford Edge to 62mph from rest in 9.9 seconds and returns a not particularly impressive 48.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km.
If you plan to regularly tow trailers or would prefer a slightly faster Ford, the 207hp Sport model with a bi-turbo diesel engine with overboost function is a better bet – the 0-62mph sprint is completed in a marginally brisker 9.4 seconds and there is 25 per cent more torque on offer. Fuel economy is slightly poorer at 47.9mpg and greater CO2 emissions of 152g/km.
The Edge’s active noise cancellation system, assisted by window glass with special sound insulating layers, prevents the worst wind noise and tyre roar from entering the cabin.
The standard steering is well-weighted and provides plenty of feedback but the optional adaptive power steering, however, is more vague and can wander slightly at motorway speeds. We’d avoid this option for our money.
It might be a high-riding SUV but it manages to combine well restrained body roll with a comfortable ride. The suspension does a good job of absorbing large bumps without being jarring or harsh, especially if you avoid the Sport’s larger 20-inch alloy wheels.
The six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are both reasonably refined, allowing you to pull away smoothly and cruise quietly on motorways. The optional automatic can be a little reluctant to change down when you accelerate hard but it’s quick to respond to the steering-wheel mounted paddles.
Four-wheel drive is fitted to all Ford Edge models as standard and Ford has no plans to introduce a two-wheel drive model in the immediate future. A combination of four-wheel-drive grip, a near two-ton kerb weight and a large boot could make the Edge a practical tow-vehicle suitable for a wide variety of outdoor activities.
The Edge is the largest SUV in the current Ford European range – it’s less than 5cm shorter than a Range Rover Sport yet costs half as much and, as a result, boasts both a spacious interior and a very practical boot.