Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Two fairly economical diesel engines
  • Automatic suits the Edge better than the manual
  • Four-wheel drive standard on all models

Ford Edge infographic

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.

Ford Edge infographic

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.

Ford Edge side profile dynamic

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

Ford Edge infographic

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.

Ford Edge cornering

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.

Ford Edge infographic

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.