Fast Facts: 2016 Ford Edge
- Engine: 1997cc 4-cylinder 16v turbo diesel
- Price: £29,995 – £36,750
- Power: 180 – 210ps
- Torque: 400 – 450Nm
- 0-62mph: 9.9 – 9.4 seconds
- Top speed: 124 – 131mph
- Fuel economy: 48.7 – 47.9mpg
- CO2 emissions: 149 – 152 g/km.
Ford is having a field day – it seems to be bringing out more models than ever before. Recently we’ve seen the Mustang come to Britain and the Focus RS has been unleashed too. Customers are also going wild for the all-new Ford GT. The Mustang is the model that the Blue Oval has litmus-tested for the UK market, though – and it’s given the company enough confidence to bring the Ford Edge – another North American-produced car over to Europe, too. We flew to Munich to put the new Ford Edge to the test.
The Ford Edge Drive
The Ford Edge is a big five-seater – about the same length as a Mondeo – and it is the flagship of the car company’s sports utility vehicle (SUV) line-up. That means it is superior to the mid-sized and more school-run-like Kuga.
In Titanium trim, and hooked up to a 2-litre TDCi 180PS diesel, the Ford Edge is a calm and chilled-out cruising machine – bizarre really when you consider this SUV is not exactly subtle-looking. It fact it’s pretty full-bodied and daunting on the outside. The hush factor is more than likely to do with the well-insulated cabin and the relaxed ride-quality is helped by comfy seats.
Threading through some of Germany’s twistier sections of tarmac, the size of the Ford Edge started to become more apparent. There isn’t too much body lean, but when braking hard, the Ford Edge’s high centre of gravity is unmistakable and it starts to become a little less chilled than when it’s cruising on the straights.
The Ford Edge is more than happy to be pushed along, but in the end, its bulk and weighty feel in the corners rain on its parade. Alas, it is not as rewarding to drive as it first lets you believe, even with its confidence-inspiring four-wheel-drive. That said; we had a few cloudbursts on our test drive, and – purely from a safety point of view – we were thankful for the Ford Edge’s four-wheel-drive set up.
We also drove the more athletic Ford Edge mated to a 210PS twin-turbo oil-burner in Sports trim. This model comes with factory-fitted adaptive steering – a notable improvement over the standard Ford Edge set up. Although the Blue Oval company’s engineers tell us that the hardware is no different to more basic Ford Edges, it is altered by extra electronic sorcery retained inside the steering wheel itself. This additional gadgetry doesn’t help steering feel that much, but it’s not quite as persistent in weighting-up and re-centring the wheel as the earlier model we drove.
Both Ford Edge power units feel appropriately energetic, pulling well enough to ensure the SUV star thunders along at a respectable lick. Performance figures for both diesels driven aren’t that different, either. The maximum speed for the 180PS Ford Edge is 124mph with zero to 62mph covered in just under 10 seconds. The 210PS version of the Ford Edge is 0.5 of a second faster – achieving the 0-62mph sprint in 9.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 131mph.
The choice of which diesel engine to opt for really depends on whether or not you need an automatic transmission in your Ford Edge. The auto ‘box only comes with the bi-turbo SUV.
Inside the Ford Edge
Ford has gone to town on the Ford Edge’s cabin. Just like the muscle-bound Mustang, we reckon the tailoring of the interior will appeal to European palates, despite it being designed by Americans. Important touch points like the steering wheel, seats and gear lever feel pleasant and well-made. It’s just a shame some plastics, such as the flimsy lid of the dash-top storage compartment, let the side down. The plastics below knee level are also scratchy – especially around the Ford Edge’s door bins.
Roominess, in general, is one of the Ford Edge’s fortes. It comfortably takes five-up, and, with its 4.8m length, it swallows luggage with aplomb. There are lots of storage areas inside the Ford Edge’s commodious cabin and the compartment in the centre console, flanked by the front seats, is cavernous. The load capacity is 602 litres with the seats in position, but a touch of a button folds the rear seats down, ballooning the Ford Edge’s boot volume to 1,847 litres.
Running Costs of the Ford Edge
Both the 2-litre TDCi 180PS six-speed manual and 2-litre 210PS twin-turbo six-speed Powershift automatic, riding on 19-inch rims, produce CO2 emissions of 149g/km. Both these Ford Edges produce an official combined fuel consumption of 48.7mpg, too. On 20-inch wheels, which are factory-fitted to Ford Edge ‘Sport’ trim models, consumption figures change to 152g/km CO2 and 47.9mpg.
Windscreen sticker prices start from £29,995 for the entry-level Zetec-trimmed Ford Edge. This comes kitted-out with a rearview camera, auto lights and wipers, a colour touchscreen with Ford’s DAB Audio and SYNC 2, privacy glass and a heated windscreen – but no satellite navigation system.
Lighten your wallet by another £2,250, however, and you’ll get into the Titanium trimmed Ford Edge. This has sat-nav fitted as standard, and a few other bells and whistle to boot. These include a powered tailgate, parking sensors, heated sports seats, acoustic side glass and chrome embellishments.
At the top of the tree is the beast-like Sport model. This Ford Edge comes priced up at £36,750, and includes those 20-inch alloys finished in a menacing black, accompanied by black roof rails and distinctive body styling with shadowy detailing. The stylish SUV also comes with sports suspension, the earlier adaptive steering, sat nav and a hi-tech Sony DAB radio with 12 speakers.
Ford Edge vs Hyundai Santa Fe vs Audi Q5
Ford Edge Overview
The all-new Ford Edge signals the American manufacturer’s belated foray into the mid-sized SUV market, and first impressions are good. Its strong, stocky lines and size certainly help it fit in with the rest of the class, and with all-wheel drive capability and strong diesel engines underneath, the overall recipe shapes up rather well.
Powered by two versions of the same 2.0-litre diesel engine, the all-new Ford Edge comes with either 180ps or 210ps, depending on which power option the buyer opts for. The more powerful choice is only available with a six-speed automatic gearbox, but if you like to switch gears yourself, the lower-powered unit comes with a manual as standard.
Of course, the all-new Ford Edge comes with all-wheel drive, so it should be relatively comfortable on rougher surfaces or in difficult winter conditions. It’s not as tough as its sibling the Ford Ranger though, so don’t expect to do anything overly explorative with it. On the road, it isn’t as capable as some other cars in this competitive segment, but it is comfortable and spacious for occupants.
Inside, the all-new Ford Edge is a little bit plain but it has at least been kitted out with some strong equipment levels. The strong-performing SYNC2 touchscreen infotainment system sits in the centre of the dash, and there are other useful features, such as active cruise control and automatic emergency braking. There’s even a noise-cancelling gadget designed to filter out unwanted frequencies in order to make the cabin a quieter place to be.
The Ford Edge is priced from £29,995 to £36,750
Ford Edge Pros and Cons
Strong standard equipment levels
Smooth diesel engine
Expensive for a Ford
No seven seat option
Average on the road
Hyundai Santa Fe vs Ford Edge
Hyundai’s Santa Fe has been around for quite some time now, but has built up a very good reputation amongst customers by getting better and better with each generation.
Powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, the 200ps unit is more powerful than the base engine offered in the all-new Ford Edge but it doesn’t necessarily feel all that much quicker. A big part of this reason is that it simply isn’t quite as responsive, so when moving off from lower speeds it tends to feel slightly sluggish.
However, when it gets moving its potential shows and it certainly has enough performance for an SUV.
Automatic gearboxes are important in cars like this, but unfortunately, the Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t equipped with one of the best. It’s a fairly lazy ‘box that just compounds the engine’s lower-range lack of response. When it comes to the Santa Fe it is better to opt for the manual gearbox, as this seems to suit the character of the engine a little better.
Despite losing points on the engine, the Hyundai Santa Fe gains points back by riding really well on our bumpy British roads. Encountering the cracks and potholes, the Santa Fe absorbs blows really well and is a comfortable place to spend a journey. There’s grip to be found in the corners and even though the weight of the car is inevitably felt, it does a very good job of being easy to wield overall.
While the exterior styling is really impressive, the flair shown there doesn’t reappear in the interior design. Hyundai is known far more for delivering well-equipped and sturdy cars than luxurious cabins, but in such a competitive sector it could be argued it needs to do more. On the upside, the Santa Fe can be spec’d to seat seven.
Audi Q5 vs Ford Edge
The Audi Q5 has been a huge success for the German auto firm. Its combination of badge prestige, comfortable and luxurious interior design, and easy drivability are a winning formula.
Unlike the Hyundai Santa Fe and the all-new Ford Edge, the Audi Q5 has the option of petrol power with 190ps and 225ps versions of the 2.0-litre ‘TFSI’ petrol engine. These are perhaps suited to buyers covering smaller annual mileages, as the diesel engines with their low-down pull are better in a car of this size, but more expensive to buy.
If the budget can stretch to it, the six-cylinder diesel engines are a real treat – smooth and powerful and coming across as a more luxurious overall package.
With the majority of power units on offer there is the option of the ‘S-Tronic’ automatic gearbox. Depending on your fuel choice, this will be either seven or eight-speed and is easily the most refined and accomplished gearbox in this comparison test.
On the road this is perhaps the most drivable SUV on offer, feeling more like a car than a heavy SUV in the corners. That said; the trade-off for the excellent road holding is a firmer ride which doesn’t always suit the UK’s rough road network. It also doesn’t suit off-roading. Indeed, the Audi Q5 is certainly the least capable off-roader in our comparison but it is the best on the road, and where will you be using it most anyway?
As always with Audi there is an expensive selection of options and an array of trim levels. As a result, this is the car that will set you back the most if you’re not careful – even if it is the most luxurious.
All in all, the Ford Edge rides rather well; it’s roomy – and it comes well kitted-out. It is also a pretty awesome power-house on the straights, but it’s only passable on the bendy bits. This does rather highlight the Ford Edge’s American roots. In other words, this is one big SUV really meant for whopping roads, and not winding lanes. This could therefore impact on its success in the UK in the long-term. That said; 500 Ford Edges have already been sold to us Brits, so early interest appears to be in the pink.
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