Ford Edge SUV models we've driven
Ford Edge Titanium 2.0 TDCi 210PS PowerShift auto (Tested: July 2016 by Christofer Lloyd)
It may not offer seven seats – unlike several competitors – but it does provide a larger, bolder alternative to the popular Kuga.
Substantial car for the money
The Edge is large in size and feels suitably high quality inside, with our Titanium test car including luxuries such as heated front seats, all-round parking sensors plus acoustic glass and Active Noise Control. The latter two make the Edge very quiet at speed, though more wind noise is audible from around the windows than expected.
The leather seats and cabin materials also feel good quality and while the media system isn’t the easiest to use, with small onscreen buttons, all but the very first Edges will feature Ford’s slicker Sync3 system.
Engines not the most muscular
Ford expects the range-topping Sport (later ST-Line) model to be the bestseller, with a majority of buyers opting for the automatic-only 210hp twin-turbo model over the 180hp manual-only option. Despite the difference in power, both models feel a little lethargic compared with rival 2.0-litre diesel off-roaders, including the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Both engines also feel a little overwhelmed by the car’s weight, though they have plenty of low-down muscle when driving gently.
Part of the blame lies with pedals which need plenty of pressure before responding, while the automatic gearbox is hesitant to shift down gears; Sport mode proves much more responsive, however. It also takes a hefty stamp on the brakes to slow the Edge.
Sharp handling, stiff suspension
The suspension is smooth but firm, with the car failing to isolate passengers from larger bumps as well as it could. There is a pay-off, though. Around corners the Edge feels surprisingly nimble given its dimensions, especially in Sport trim, which gains larger 20-inch alloy wheels and stiffened sports suspension.
The steering in our Titanium trim test car could have been more direct, though, with a feeling of turning the wheel through artificial resistance before the tyres turn. The engine could be a little quieter around town, but it’s barely audible when up to speed. What leaves the greatest impression, however, are the seats, which provide plenty of back and side support – making them more than up to the longest of journeys.
The Parkers Verdict
The Edge is a strong value, sharply designed and well-equipped machine. While the suspension could soak up bumps a little better, the comfortable cabin and impressive handling mean that this shouldn’t put you off. Take into account finance rates and this Ford puts forward an even stronger case.
As a result, the Ford Edge is well worth considering if you want a large off-roader with visual presence, but don’t need seven seats.
- Decemeber 2015 - Orders open for the Edge in Zetec, Titanium and Sport trims, with first deliveries due before summer 2016. All models have four-wheel drive, with a choice of 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines in 180hp (manual) and 210hp (automatic) forms.
- September 2016 - Flagship Vignale trim introduced with the same choice of diesel engines.
- May 2017 - Sport trim discontinued and replaced by ST-Line to fit in with other models in Ford's range.
- February 2018 - Entry-level Zetec specification discontinued.
Buying a new Ford Edge SUV
- Titanium and ST-Line represent good value-for-money
- Vignale is nicely trimmed, but little real benefit
- Strong PCP packages available from Ford dealers
Vying for being the biggest sellers in the Ford Edge range are Titanium and ST-Line specifications, representing fine value considering the level of kit on offer.
Whether you pick an automatic or manual gearbox depends heavily on the sort of driving you’re going to do, but we’d suggest that in most cases the automatic works better in a car of this size and type - though this isn't the most intelligent auto around.
For the ultimate in opulence, specify the Vignale is available. This looks expensive, but it significantly enhances both comfort and the desirability of your Edge.
Regardless of version, with a very high predicted resale value the Edge makes a great proposition as a new buy - especially as a car to finance on a PCP.
We’d also suggest checking online brokers and car supermarkets to see if you can find a better deal there. Such companies will order cars in bulk, which means you’re less likely to get your ideal spec when it comes to options, but can also save a significant amount of cash if you find one you’re happy to settle for.
Buying a used Ford Edge SUV
- Check out for signs of a hard life as a family hack
- Spend time ensuring all the electrical kit works
- Have a look underneath for off-roading damage
As a car that's popular with families who've grown bored of traditional hatchbacks such as the Mondeo and MPVs like the S-Max and Galaxy, it’s important you ensure everything is working as it should as many bits of trim could have endured numerous journeys at the mercy of children's sticky hands.
Check all of the electrics including the stereo, air-con, adjustable seats and powered tailgate - there's a lot that could go wrong, but so far no scare stories.
Any minor scuffs or alloy wheel kerbing should be sorted before the car is put up for sale. If it’s not, it’s possible there are other aspects that haven’t been looked after properly.
With that in mind we’d suggest a higher-mileage ex-company car would be a good shout. They’ll usually have been maintained regardless of cost.
Plus, while it's unlikely many Edge drivers will have gone off-roading, do have the underside checked out for costly damage.
Carry out a Parkers Car History Check to ensure there’s no hidden history you should be aware of, such as outstanding finance.
Selling your Ford Edge SUV
- Ensure any damage is remedied before sale
- Spend time getting a thorough valet
- Use the Parkers valuation tool
Clean the car thoroughly and ensure its servicing and maintenance record is fully up-to-date. It’s key the car is in the best condition you can reasonably achieve, because we’re expecting a large number of these cars to become available on the secondhand market.
Spend time writing and photographing a compelling advert to attract more serious buyers.
Find out exactly how much you should be putting your car up for by getting a Parkers valuation.