Ford Edge interior
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 Ford Edge doesn’t look quite as modern as the new Focus inside, so it’s certainly not a patch on the flash cabins you’ll find in the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC or even the Skoda Kodiaq. At least it doesn’t look messy or cluttered, and everything’s laid out sensibly so it’s all easy to use.
You’ll find large soft-touch areas on the dashboard and doors in Titanium and ST-Line models and plenty of piano black chrome accents dotted around to lift the mood, but ultimately the Ford Edge fails to wow like its 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. The ST-Line model adds a dark roof lining, alloy pedals and sportier, more supportive seats, 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-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but it feels a bit old-fashioned 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 a little clunky and it isn’t particularly responsive. The menus can be a tad difficult to navigate through – especially while you’re driving – and you don’t get any handy physical shortcut buttons like you do in most other SUVs to help you switch from one feature to another.
The satellite navigation system’s pretty easy to get to grips with, though. And, you can swipe across the map or pinch to zoom in just like you would on a smartphone. You also get a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display as standard instead of conventional analogue dials. It’s a nice touch, but the more advanced digital dials from Audi and BMW are easier to read and far more visually engaging.
Titanium models come with a standard Ford sound system with nine speakers, but stepping up to the ST-Line or Vignale Edge brings a premium 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen system with no fewer than twelve speakers. In short, it 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.