- Two fairly economical diesel engines
- Automatic suits the Edge better than the manual
- Four-wheel drive standard on all models
Unlike the Blue Oval's previous attempts to sell North American-built SUVs, the Ford Edge is powered exclusively by diesel engines.
Ford Edge diesel engines
Essentially there are two versions of the same 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine available in the Edge - a 180hp version with a manual gearbox and a 210hp edition with an automatic transmission.
Despite relatively high horsepower and torque figures for an SUV of this type (the 180hp Edge has 400Nm of torque, the 210hp model produces 450Nm), neither version feels particularly quick – it’s a big, heavy thing, but then it’s not the sort of vehicle that buyers will necessarily equate with performance.
You’ll cover the 0-62mph acceleration benchmark in 9.9 seconds with the manual one, but the automatic pips it to the post with a 9.4-second time. Top speeds are 124mph and 131mph, respectively.
All Edges send their power to all four wheels, although the split of whether it primarily goes to the front or rear wheels is constantly varied based on acceleration and traction levels.
Choice of two Ford Edge gearboxes
We found the Ford Edge’s manual transmissio a bit odd and cumbersome in a car this big, especially with a four-cylinder engine, when similarly sized models like the Touareg have six cylinders for extra performance.
The auto hunts for the right gear a fair bit when faced with steep hills, and you can tell it is having to haul a substantial amount of weight. However, it is fine in everyday use and would still be our choice for the Edge.
- Surprising agility for a large SUV
- Bodyroll is well-controlled
- Firm-riding, though
Most buyers of large SUVs don't expect handling to be particularly enthusiat-sating, but the Ford Edge is pleasingly rewarding in this regarrd.
Its steering is fairly sharp, especially in ST-Line guise, enabling the Edge to feel significantly more agile than the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. It holds its line surprisingly well without much body wallow around bends. In this respect Ford has done a good job of retuning it for European tastes.
In fact, the Edge doesn’t feel a stereotypical North American car at all - especially at higher speeds, where it's noticeably more settled and composed across a winding country road. The ride is also not as cushioned as you might expect, either, which is disappointing.
The adaptive steering (standard on higher-spec models) is light and responsive at low speeds, but heavier when you're moving faster - making it feel a little more precise than the standard set-up.
Its width can make it difficult to place on narrower roads, but it's agility makes up for it - in our experience, it's a more satifying drive than the Mondeo it shares its underpinnings. with.
- Much of the interior shared with S-Max, Galaxy
- Quality of materials is disappointingly patchy
- Extra trimmings for the upmarket Vignale
In terms of cabin quality, the Ford Edge's interior is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some nicely trimmed sections, such as the chrome finishes and fake carbon panels on the doors and dash, but the matt black centre console doesn't share this upmarket feel. However, given the amount of car you get for the money, buyers can't really quibble.
There's even more of a contrast in the plush Vignale versions, where leather (both real and faux) panels are applied to all manner of surfaces. They feel good, in the main, but make the cheaper plastics all the more noticeable.
It is easy to use, though, and while the dash looks similar to that of the Ford Mondeo, it's actually identical to the design employed in the S-Max and Galaxy MPVs.
Much of the trip computer information is sited between the half-analogue, half-digital dials in front of the driver, which could be clearer. These can be a little confusing because the dials are smaller than is ideal.
Integrating digital displays in the middle of the speedometer and rev counter does reduce the size of the needles, too, making it harder to tell your speed at a glance than it should be.
Overall though, it’s a perfectly decent effort, if not at the level you'd find in something with a Volkswagen badge, for instance.
- Comfortable, spacious interior
- Ride quality a fly in the ointment
- Effective Active Noise Control system
While the Ford Edge is a very big, comfortable car, with a great seating position for the driver, overall it is somewhat compromised by a ride quality that lacks a sufficiently finessed degree of compliancy. This is even more noticeable on the plushest Vignale versions fitted with larger 19-inch alloy wheels and lower-profile tyres.
Despite the high-set seat, it's easy to reach the pedals and all-round visibility for the driver is good - you have a commanding view of the road ahead as well as fine peripheral vision.
Cars fitted with the optional Lux Pack, as well as the upmarking leather seats in the Vignale, have comfy yet supportive seats; plumping for an ST-Line with part-leather doesn't feel like a downmarket environment either.
The Active Noise Control systems and acoustic double-glazed side windows work superbly. Speakers transmit a noise at a frequency that cancels out the engine drone, while the glass has a thin laminated film between the two panes which does the same job with wind and road noise. When cruising, engine and road noise levels are low, with just a little wind audible created as air passes up the edge of the chunky windscreen pillars. The diesel engine could be a little more hushed when accelerating, though.