- Good performance
- Packed with technology
- Highly practical
- Competitors are more fun to drive
- Not the most stylish SUV out there
- Outdated-looking interior compared to rivals
What's the Ford Edge like?
The Ford Edge impresses in many ways, not least the high level of standard equipment, excellent comfort and impressive performance.
Ford claims it’s the most technologically advanced SUV they've ever produced and after driving one over a wide range of testing roads, it's understandable why they’re proud of it.
The bluff nose with its upper and lower intakes is very Ford, but in this instance perhaps not the best looking.
However, the way it drives is very, very good in every way.
There are four versions of the same 2.0-litre diesel engine on offer, all with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and there are no hybrids or petrols in the range.
The automatic box suits the Edge perfectly, and has a very good kick down that will drop one or two gears simply by the amount of pressure on the accelerator.
The engines are smooth and quiet at all times, helped by noise cancellation technology that really seems to make a difference when compared to others.
The lowest power output is 150bhp in the EcoBlue, and it’s the only model that comes with just the front wheels driven. It covers the 0 to 60mph sprint in 10.8 seconds and is capable of 48mpg.
All the others have four-wheel drive (4WD) as standard, starting with the 180bhp offering, which covers the sprint in 9.6 seconds and can also manage a very best of 48mpg.
Next up the range is the 210bhp BiTurbo. This cuts the acceleration time to 9.1 seconds and is rated at 44mpg.
Finally there's a 238bhp BiTurbo range topper, but it’s slightly slower than the model below it and manages only 40mpg.
While the acceleration times don’t seem like much to shout about, the in gear urge is brilliant, with that well weighted kick down to help should it be needed.
The 4WD system feeds power to the front wheels most of the time, but sensors monitor grip and add power to the rear wheels in a split second whenever it’s needed.
All models are comfortable and refined, yet they also have safe roadholding and great handling, helping them to be a good deal of fun for those who enjoy driving.
The front seats are hip and back hugging so that the car’s marvellous cornering ability can be fully exploited.
There are five levels of trim: Titanium, Zetec, Sport, ST-Line and Vignale and all come with more equipment than would normally be expected.
For example, the Zetec in the mid-range comes with an alarm, steering wheel reach and rake adjustment, every which way adjustable front seats with lumbar support, big alloy wheels, climate control, split folding rear seats, traction control, DAB radio with Bluetooth, aux in, USB points, start/stop, and cruise control.
ST-Line spec adds a sports suspension, which in many cars, spoils what's otherwise a good ride. The Edge is the exception that proves the rule, with wonderful comfort over all surfaces at all speeds in this trim, just the same as in all the others.
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Overall, the Ford Edge is a standout SUV that checks all the boxes. It combines style, performance, safety, and practicality into a well-rounded package. Whether you're seeking a reliable family vehicle or a comfortable daily driver, the Ford Edge delivers with confidence.