Ford’s largest SUV prides itself on looks and luxury, but is that enough for it to succeed in the SUV world?
The Edge has been around since 2007 in other markets, but was only introduced to the UK in 2016 as the growing rise of this SUV market really took hold, and buyers have fallen for its Americanised styling.
To extend this popularity, Ford facelifted the model in 2018, with the model now looking even bolder than before, while you’ll also find a new bi-turbo diesel engine under the bonnet alongside a new gearbox.
Ford has also fitted the latest Edge with a host of new driver assistance tech, which aims to make driving simpler and safer on a day-to-day basis.
But is that enough to keep the Edge competitive against some of the class best?
No petrol units are available with the Edge as the model is just offered exclusively with a pair of diesel engines – hardly a bad thing as diesel is still often the best fuel for large models like these.
There are two 2.0-litre units to choose from, each being paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The entry-level engine develops 148bhp, and enables a 0-60mph time of 11 seconds, and a top speed of 129mph. While delivering the cheapest running costs – returning up to 42.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 153g/km – it feels as if it’s lacking power in a car of this size. You can only have this engine with the Titanium trim level and front-wheel-drive.
The new 235bhp bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine is our pick of the range, with the additional power allowing a sprint time to 60mph of 9.4 seconds, along with a top speed of 134mph. It shouldn’t be significantly thirstier, though CO2 emissions are pushed to 176g/km. You’ll only find this engine with all-wheel-drive, and paired to the ST-Line or Vignale trims.
Ride and handling
The Ford Edge is a model for those looking for a quiet and comfortable SUV – it feels like a traditional model in that sense. The improvements Ford has made to refinement have really paid off, while extra soundproofing and noise-cancelling tech makes this one of the most serene models to drive in its class.
If you’re looking for the most comfortable Edge, we’d stay clear of the ST-Line model, which features a firmer setup that’s not as supple as the other two trims. While the Edge isn’t pitched as a sporty SUV, the body roll is well-managed, and the steering also has a decent weight to it.
Interior and equipment
Those looking for the best Edge cabin should look at the flagship Vignale, which comes with all the bells and whistles, as well as high-quality quilted leather. However, while it feels robust and well-made, it lacks the refined and luxurious interior that you would find in more premium rivals costing a similar price.
On the plus side, the cabin is very spacious, with the rear space being particularly impressive for adults, who can sit three abreast. It’s a shame you don’t have the option to make the Edge a seven-seater, though, as that’s something that’s common in many of its rivals.
Three trims are offered, and each comes very well equipped for the price. The Titanium features LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats, as well as leather upholstery.
Opting for the ST-Line brings a sportier styling back with 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black styling accents and sports suspension. It also gains a heated steering wheel, electric front seats and a B&O sound system.
Meanwhile choosing the flagship Vignale gains perforated leather seats, an extended leather package and Matrix LED headlights.
Prices start from £37,020, which puts the Edge firmly in premium territory. It certainly offers more spaciousness than rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, but the Edge’s interior struggles to compete.
However, the Edge excels for its outstanding standard kit, which makes it a lot more appealing when you cross-shop with other SUVs. Although if you're thinking of moving to the range-topping Vignale model, this starts from £46,305.
The Edge is a model that will suit traditional SUV buyers who favour comfort, spaciousness and refinement, which is where this Ford really makes sense. The new bi-turbo diesel engine is also appealing, while the standard equipment levels are superb, even on the entry-level models.
Although the interior might not feel quite as premium as the price it commands, the Edge is a large SUV that we can easily recommend.
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