The Edge is put to the test

The Edge Is Put To The Test

Ford is bringing out more models than ever before, and now the Ford Edge has come across from the USA to the UK. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, put the Edge to the test.

What Is It?

The Ford Edge is a large five-seater and it is the star of Ford’s sport utility vehicle (SUV) range. That means it’s higher up the ladder than the mid-sized Kuga. In Titanium trim, and mated to a 2-litre TDCi 180PS diesel unit, the Edge is a composed cruising machine – strange really when you consider the SUV is not exactly understated. Actually it’s pretty intimidating when viewed from outside.

On The Road

The Edge has a nicely insulated cabin and its relaxed ride-quality is helped by comfortable seats. The six-speed manual gearbox is slick, but the steering does feel numb at times and weights-up a little too forcefully. Picking my way through some winding rural routes, the bulk of the Ford Edge started to become more noticeable. There isn’t too much body roll, but when braking forcefully, the Edge’s high centre of gravity is clear and it starts to become a little less tranquil than when it’s on the motorway. The Ford Edgeis more than happy to be pressed hard, but in the end, its mass and hefty feel on the twisty bits rain on its parade a little. That said; I had a few downpours on my test drive, and, from a safety point of view, I was appreciative of the grip produced by the Ford Edge’s four-wheel-drive system.

The Edge Is Put To The Test

Twin-Turbo

I also drove the more muscular Ford Edge hooked up to a 210PS twin-turbo diesel lump in Sport trim. This SUV comes with standard-fit adaptive steering – a significant step-up from the ordinary Ford Edge set up. Although Ford’s engineers say that the hardware is no different to more rudimentary Ford Edges, it is improved by extra electronic wizardry held inside the steering wheel itself. This supplementary gadgetry doesn’t help steering feel much, but it’s not quite as pushy in weighting-up and re-centering the wheel as the earlier Edge I drove.

Performance

Both Ford Edge engines feel fittingly peppy, pulling well enough to guarantee the SUV moves along at a decent lick. Performance figures for both diesel units driven aren’t that dissimilar, either. The top speed for the 180PS Ford Edge is 124mph with the zero to 62mph dash covered in under 10 seconds. The 210PS version of the Edge is 0.5 of a second faster – achieving the zero to 62mph run in 9.4 seconds on its way to 131mph. The choice of which diesel engine to go for really depends on whether or not you need an automatic gearbox in your Edge. The auto gearbox only comes with the twin-turbo SUV.

Inside

Ford has worked wonders with the Ford Edge’s cabin. Significant touch points, like the steering wheel, gear lever and seats feel good and well-manufactured. Spaciousness, in general, is one of the Ford Edge’s strengths. It happily takes five adults, and with its 4.8m distance end to end it guzzles luggage with ease. There are lots of storage zones inside the Edge’s ample cabin and the centre console compartment is commodious. The boot capacity is 602 litres with the rear seats up, but a press of a button folds the rear seats down, swelling the Edge’s load volume to 1,847 litres.

The Edge Is Put To The Test

Running Costs

The 2-litre TDCi 180PS six-speed manual transmission and 2-litre 210PS bi-turbo automatic, riding on 19-inch alloys, generate CO2 emissions of 149g/km. Both these Edges return 48.7mpg, too. On 20-inch rims, which are standard-fit on Ford Edge ‘Sport’ trim variants, consumption data changes to 47.9mpg and 152g/km CO2. Prices begin at £29,995 for the basic Zetec Ford Edge. This comes furnished with auto lights and wipers, a rear view camera, a colour touchscreen, a heated windscreen and privacy glass. Lighten up your wallet by an extra £2,250, however, and you’ll get into the Titanium Ford Edge. This has sat-nav fitted, and a few other treats to boot. These consist of parking sensors, a powered tailgate, heated sports seats and acoustic side glass. At the top of the line-up is the Sport model. This Edge costs £36,750, and incorporates those 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black, escorted by black roof rails and distinct body styling with dark detailing. This version of the Edge also comes with the aforementioned adaptive steering, sports suspension, sat nav and a DAB radio.

Verdict

Taking everything into account, the Ford Edge rides well; it’s voluminous – and it comes well fitted out. It is also a pretty commanding car on the straights, and it can handle all but the most bendy bits of bitumen at speed. But this is an SUV and not a sports car – so if you’re in the market for a roomy, comfortable four-wheel-drive vehicle, then pop into Perrys Ford and see what you think of the Edge yourself.

Pros ‘n’ Cons

  • Roomy √
  • Comfortable √
    • Kit √
  • Looks √
  • Cornering X

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.