Ford Edge is big and bold with excellent new technologies

Motoring Review by Hugh Maguire

Hugh Maguire


Hugh Maguire


Ford Edge

Ford Edge

They have the EcoSport, mini SUV, the Kuga mid sized SUV and now the Edge, a large luxury SUV to compete with the likes of the new Volvo XC90 or new Jaguar F-Pace for example.

The Edge first saw the light of day in the USA and now is being produced in right hand drive. So as you can imagine its big, and bold, but how does it compare to other luxury rivals? I hope to answer that!

The new Ford Edge is powered by a choice of two 2.0 TDCi diesels, a 180 PS and a 210 PS with manual or 6-speed powershift auto gearbox.

The new Ford Edge boasts some excellent new technologies such as Active Noise Control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Ford Active steering.

The All Wheel Drive Ford Edge features “intelligent” 4-wheel drive which quite simply activates automatically when slippy conditions are sensed, requiring no input from the driver.

First impressions.
Stylish, trendy and contemporary looking best describes the Edge. It really looks very well indeed and is more distinctive than many of its rivals. Its imposing without being brash. I really like its style!

Behind the wheel.
The cabin is equally impressive with clear logically laid out instruments, clever use of aluminium style and Piano black trim on the centre console and other areas, and high quality materials including full leather throughout.

The high driving position gives an excellent view of the road ahead while the level of standard equipment is very good. As well as the usual electrics we have come to expect the new Edge features ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, Ford Navigation with 8’ touchscreen, rear view camera, lane keeping aid, hands free power tailgate, Thatcham alarm, Cruise Control, keyless start via the Ford “power” button, a very good CD with MP3 /Aux input for your iPod, alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel and in the Titanium version tested, roof rails and metallic paint.

In the model tested power comes from a 2.0 TDCi 180 PS turbo diesel which is mated to a slick 6-speed manual gearbox. Emissions are just 149g/KM so it falls into tax band C at €390.00 per year. Overall I found it performed very well indeed while also proving frugal.

It accelerates very smoothly and has plenty of mid-range torque.Over some 600 km of road testing it burned on average 6.8 litres of diesl per 100km which is about average for the class. This 2.0 TDCi proves quiet and refined whether around town or out on the motorway.

Road behaviour.
The Edge is nicely set up with a decent level of ride comfort and solid safe handling. There is a little bodyroll in tighter corners but not unduly so. Noise levels are commendably low and the car generally feels pretty refined.

The AWD system kicks in virtually unnoticed when for example pulling away on a gravel surface. I did not get to go off-road but my guess is that it is very capable of moderate use in the mucky stuff.

The new Ford Edge is a big stylish new SUV with real street presence. It looks very well and is certainly one of the more attractive options out there. Inside it cossets driver and passengers with the latest in automotive goodies as well as feeling high class with lovely build quality and full leather throughout.

That 2.0 TDCi powerplant is excellent too so it really seems to have a lot going for it, except for maybe one thing.
Prices start at €55,700 and when you consider the new Jaguar F-Pace starts at just €44,100 that poses a problem for this new Ford because like it or not at this price point badge status counts! If you dont care about that however the new Edge is mighty good!