The Ford Edge drives with an innate agility that belies its large size.
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.
The Edge is quiet on the move but the engines often struggle with the weight
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.