Those who need to carry seven should look elsewhere, but the Ford Edge is extremely spacious for five people and their luggage
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first – the Ford Edge only seats five people, which means cars such as the Skoda Kodiaq already have an advantage. However, the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Mazda CX-5 all only seat five and versus these alternatives the Edge looks very accommodating indeed.
Very tall adults will feel more than comfortable in the front seats, while the driver has all the electric adjustment he or she could possible need at the seat and wheel. Meanwhile another couple of tall adults are able to sit behind with generous amounts of knee and head room.
On the odd occasion you’ll need three adults across the rear seats, the Edge’s wide cabin handles that well too, and the middle passenger only has to contend with a slightly raised floor. And there’s more good news: if you fancy adding the optional panoramic sunroof, rear head room isn’t compromised.
You won’t be searching around for places to throw your odds and sods in the Ford Edge. Both front door bins are generously sized, easily swallowing a large water bottle. The glove box is capable of carrying way more than a pair of gloves and there’s a cubby at the base of the dashboard in front of the gear selector that’ll handle you phone and some keys.
Further to that, there are two cup holders on the centre console that’ll hold a couple of frappuccinos firmly in place, and behind these, beneath the central armrest, you’ll find yet another large cubby that’ll take a small water bottle plus you phone, wallet and keys if needed.
In the back the door bins aren’t quite as large as those in the front, but are far from stingy, and the Edge’s front seatback pockets feel sturdy enough to transport heavy books or a laptop. Flip down the rear armrest and you’ll find a further two cup holders.
The Ford Edge is actually based on the Ford S-Max MPV underneath and there’s no doubt that space is generous, even if you can’t seat seven
With 602 litres of boot space the Ford edge has around 10% more outright space than a Q5, X3, GLC and CX-5, and is only trumped by the freakishly-big Skoda Kodiaq.
In reality a family living with the Edge will have absolutely no issues with boot space, because there’s no loading lip, it’s a nice square, efficient shape and a powered tailgate comes as standard. Inside, you’ll fit three large suitcases with ease and a pushchair will go in without fuss.
If there’s one slight downside it’s that the Ford edge doesn’t come with 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, instead getting a 60:40 set-up offering less flexible space. Still, rear seats folded down almost flat there’s no ridge when sliding longer items through to the front seats and bicycle will go in no problem.