‘All-New’ Ford Edge | Driven #AD

‘All-New’ Ford Edge | Driven #AD

“Big, brash and full of character but not without flaws. The Ford Edge makes an impact if nothing else”

It may not be immediately apparent in photos but the Ford Edge is a seriously large and imposing car when you see it in the metal. It dwarfs the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, both of which are considerably more expensive.

What’s It Like To Drive?

The Ford Edge comes with good diesel engines and an eight speed automatic gearbox, but it would be nice to see a petrol option. Weighing in at two-tonnes, it’s no sports car. However, in a straight line, it isn’t short of power or torque.

What’s It Like Inside?

The Edge doesn’t have Ford’s latest interior design, like you’ll find in the new Focus. As a result, It didn’t feel as ‘premium’ as I would have liked.

How Practical Is it?

The Ford Edge is actually based on the Ford S-Max so for those who need to carry seven should look elsewhere. The Ford Edge is extremely spacious for five people and their stuff. The Edge’s boot is one of the biggest I’ve ever seen.

“In terms of space, the Ford Edge has most alternatives licked.”

Overall Verdict

The Ford Edge has sharp looks, decent space inside, lots of standard equipment and a massive boot. If you want a large SUV that offers great space and lots of standard equipment that doesn’t blend in with other SUVs on sale today, the Ford Edge is one you’ll want to consider.

You certainly won’t mistake the Ford Edge for any of those SUVs from the outside. The gaping grille is a very distinctive feature and gives the whole front of the car a very imposing look. I imagine it would feel like you’re about to be sollowed whole if you saw it coming up in your rear view mirror. At the back, the wide boot and massive exhausts give it a butch stance.

Inside it’s less dramatic. Mainly because the Edge doesn’t have Ford’s latest interior design, like you’ll find in the new Focus. There are plenty of soft-touch plastics on the dash and doors but ultimately the Edge fails to wow me in that respect.

Every Ford Edge comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen that gets a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 12.3-inch digital driver’s display is nice to have too.

Space is not an issue in this car. A pair of gaints would feel comfy in the front seats, while the driver has all the adjustment they’ll possible need on the seats and wheel. Meanwhile another couple of giants will be able to sit in the back quite happily with generous amounts of knee and head room. Even a third passenger in the middle isn’t much of a squeeze

The Ford Edge comes with a choice of two turbocharged diesel engines, both 2.0-litres in size and with two power outputs: an entry-level 150hp and a biturbo with 238hp. Each engine comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Don’t let those numbers fool you. It’s no sports car, especially in the corners. Even the ST-Line model I drive with its stiffer sports suspension feels bulky when winding down those country road. Part of the performance problem is just how heavy the Edge is. All models weigh more than two tonnes. However, in a straight line, it’s a completely different story. It isn’t short of power or torque.

The Ford Edge comes in three distinct forms, the entry-level but well-equipped Titanium trim, the sporty ST-Line or the luxurious Vignale. In all its forms the Edge looks expensive next to the likes of Mazda and Skoda but It’s price is more in line with Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

For more in-depth information on the Ford Edge’s interior, practicality and driving, check out my second review here.

I have once again teamed up with the awesome people at Evans Halshaw Ford at Batley, near Leeds, who kindly invited me down to test drive the ‘All-New’ Ford Edge for the weekend. When I say new, I mean new. It was spotless. It was barely run in. Well, until I got my hands on it anyway.

I know what you’re thinking? The Ford Edge isn’t the car for you. Well, that’s OK, we’re not all the same and if we were the world would be a pretty boring place. However, despite all the flaws I mentioned above, I’d probably still buy one. Why? It’s got the same tech level as some premium brands. It’s got comparably looks and equally strong performance and guess what? It costs less.

It’ll definitely be one to consider the next time I’m looking to buy. If you’re looking for an extremely spacious SUV that is suitable for five people and all their stuff, this is a car you’ll want to consider.

Plus, if you go to Evans Halshaw Ford, they’ll look after you. Just tell them I sent you.

 

 

*This post, even though it was sponsored by Evans Halshaw, at Batley. It is my honest opinion. I hope you enjoyed it*

 

 

 

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