Recommended. Ford joins the premium SUV market and makes a very good go of it.
The Ford Edge is an all-new car for the American giant, in Europe at least.
It’s been available in its home country since 2007, but the Blue Oval has finally decided to up its game in the ever-expanding SUV market on this side of the pond.
So the Edge joins the Kuga and the EcoSport in Ford’s SUV range – going up against rivals like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
Lofty ambitions, then, to go toe-to-toe in the premium SUV market, which is pretty crowded with the likes of the Land Rover Discovery Sport as well as cars like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sante Fe.
Ford has given it a very good go, though, with this car.
There are three specs – entry level Zetec, which sneaks into the sub-£30,000 bracket, before the Titanium and Sport models, the latter of which tops out at a snifter under £37,000.
All models are four-wheel-drive and there are two versions of the 2.0-litre diesel available, 180ps and 210ps.
The 180ps is good for 62mph in 9.9 seconds, CO2 of 149g/km and nearly 50 to the gallon.
The more powerful lump gets to 62mph in 9.4 seconds, with the same CO2 and only a slight reduction in economy at 48mpg.
There’s new tech on board – adaptive steering adjusts response depending on how fast you’re going, while the front wide view cameras helps out at dodgy junctions or when parking.
The Edge also debuts a camera and radar-based system that detects vehicles and people in the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if needed.
Intelligent all-wheel-drive shifts between front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive to ensure stability in all conditions.
In a bid to attract premium buyers the interior certainly feels a little classier than the usual Ford fayre.
Ford isn’t especially renowned for luxury cabins, but the Edge feels premium, with decent materials throughout.
It’s a big but nimble SUV and the diesel is lively and purposeful. It handles smoothly and feels like it’s fully in control of the road.
It’s got all the ingredients needed for a big SUV, for sure.
That extends to practicality, of course, with loads of rear legroom and a huge boot.
It does pretty well on standard kit – with the base Zetec getting Ford’s nicely updated touch screen system, as well as a rear view camera and safety tech like lane keeping and automatic stop if someone walks out in front of you.
Ford’s given others in this crowded sector another thing to worry about with the Edge.
1. It ticks all of the premium SUV boxes.
2. It drives nicely.
3. Lots of tech on board.
We don't like:
1. It’s not terribly exciting.
2. It’s got a lot of competition.
3. Nothing else.
Most fun: The 210ps edges it on performance.
Most sensible: The 180ps has marginally better economy figures.
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