Ford Edge SUV (2016 -)
NCAP Rating 5 / 5
At the turn of the decade, Ford lacked for a big SUV model to sit in its range above the Kuga and as the years wore on, rivals crowded into the marketplace where the Blue Oval was notably absent. So, in 2016, under the global ‘One Ford’ banner, the company took one of its large American SUVs and brought it to Europe, with the aim of rectifying this oversight. The model in question was the Edge , a five-seat SUV that’s designed to tempt people out of the premium, mostly Germanic opposition in a highly lucrative market segment – so vehicles like the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC, as well as the brilliant Volvo XC60, the angular Lexus NX and Land Rover’s twin assault of the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque.
From launch, Ford kept it quite simple by offering the Edge with just one 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, with either 180hp (single turbo) and a six-speed manual gearbox, or 210hp (twin turbo) and a six-speed PowerShift twin-clutch automatic. All pre-facelift Edge s had four-wheel drive as standard and all models got a raft of driver assist safety features, alloy wheels and a number of useful convenience features like parking sensors all round and auto lights/wipers, with higher-spec models enjoying some real luxury extras like panoramic roofs and leather interiors. In 2018, Ford revised the Edge , giving it a fresh design at the front and also replacing Sport specification with ST-Line trim.
The 180hp TDCi engine is fine, but the 210hp biturbo diesel does a much better job of moving the Ford SUV’s large body about, so it’s a better unit for the car. And Sport trim particularly suits the look of the big, brash Edge , plus it adds a wealth of toys in terms of standard equipment. Thus, it’s a 210hp Sport we’d recommend you seek out.
Engine: twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel
Maximum speed: 211km/h
0-100km/h: 9.4 seconds
Fuel consumption: 5.9 litres/100km
• Attractive looks
• Very spacious inside
• Good equipment levels
• Interior not quite up to elite class standards
• Pricey for a Ford
• So-so to drive
The US-derived Ford Edge is exactly what you expect of it: it’s a little bit physically larger than its main European rivals, it’s a little bit better equipped, but it was not exactly cheap as a new vehicle, which means there aren’t many about. Petrol fans need to look elsewhere for their kicks and the Edge doesn’t possess one of the company’s greatest-ever chassis, but if you like the rakish appearance of the largest Ford SUV this side of the Pond, it’s well worth consideration as a useful family conveyance.