Ford’s large SUV is priced and equipped to sell in big numbers
- Ford’s most practical SUV to date
- Plenty of equipment for the money
- Noise cancellation means quiet cabin
- High comfort levels for both rows
- Neither model is especially fast
- Automatic gearbox a little dimwitted
- No seven-seat option available
- Rear headroom tight with glass roof
The Ford Edge is a large 4x4 SUV, designed in America with European tastes in mind. It offers an imposing and distinctive alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq, Volvo XC60 or Land Rover Discovery Sport, with all wheel drive on all models and advanced technology for the price.
This is no gas-guzzling monster, however. Unlike previous attempts to bring USA scale to British streets (see: Ford Explorer) - the Ford Edge is offered with a choice of two diesel engines that offer competitve performance, emissions and economy.
Engineered to sell around the world, adapted slightly for regional tastes, Ford has spent a lot of money on the car's engineering and construction so that it can handle the stiffer suspension and sharper steering needed for faster, more winding European roads. It has also added additional soundproofing to meet the refinement levels expected by European buyers.
Simple choice of engine and gearbox - 210hp automatic or 180hp manual
There are two 2.0-litre diesel engines available: a 180hp unit and a 210hp bi-turbo version of essentially the same motor. The less powerful option comes with a six-speed manual, while the 210hp motor is only available with a six-speed Powershift auto. All-wheel drive is standard across the range.
Oddly, both manual low-power and auto high-power Edges have the same CO2 emissions. On the entry-level model with 19-inch wheels, they produce 149g/km – and official combined fuel economy of 48.7mpg.
Larger 20-inch alloy wheels, as fitted to the ST-Line and Vignale, increase emissions to 152g/km and reduce claimed economy slightly. It will be a photo finish in a race between the two models, with the 210hp car taking 9.4 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph and the 180hp version 9.9 seconds.
Three trim levels including Vignale
The Edge is the first new car to offer Ford’s Active Noise Control and acoustic windows across the range, which together boost refinement levels. The theory is that the speakers transmit a sound at a frequency that cancels out the engine noise, while the glass has a thin film that does the same job with onrushing wind.
Prices for the Ford Edge start at £35,510 for the entry-level Titanium specification, which includes 19-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Ford Sync3, DAB radio, tinted windows, a lane-keeping aid, rear-view camera, powered bootlid and a host of other useful kit. There are real luxury touches too, such as heated seats, sat-nav and the signature technology of Active Noise Control noise cancellation too.
For the £38,675 ST-Line, it’s all black: 20-inch alloys, grille and trim. Sports suspension, a Sony sat-nav system and bodykit also come with this model.
Maximising the potential of the noise-cancelling technology and spacious interior, the luxurious Vignale specification joined the range towards the end of 2016. At £40,775, this range-topping spec includes bespoke styling, larger alloy wheels, Windsor leather upholstery and unique colour options.
Ford Edge: A large, cheap family off-roader
Being around the same size as the upmarket Volkswagen Touareg but priced more closely to the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford hopes that its new SUV will appeal to a market of affluent, family-oriented buyers. Interior design and technology tick all the boxes, too, and the Vignale succeeds at feeling genuinely premium.
With a glut of upmarket off-roaders, however, including the Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes-Benz GLC available for similar money, the challenge for Ford is to match the plush ambience of these models but for a much lower like-for-like price. Entry level premium brand, or top of the range Ford - it's a classic dilemma.
High resale value
Our experts have given this car the second-highest predicted used value of any Ford (after the Focus RS). Strong residual values are not only good for those who buy their car outright, as they should recoup a greater proportion of the price of the vehicle when they come to sell, but they also cut PCP finance rates.
Low APR and Ford deposit contributions make the Edge even more affordable for buyers – all in a part of the market where manufacturers don't often discount their cars.
Is it really as practical as a Touareg, as cost-effective as a Santa Fe and as comfortable as an XC60? Read on for our full Ford Edge review to find out.