It’s Ford’s go at a ‘premium’ crossover to rival the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, primarily based on the identical platform because the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy. Persons are shopping for increasingly automobiles like this – posh SUVs – so the Edge is definitely a fairly large deal for FoMoCo.
Ford says that final yr the SUV phase was the best-selling in Europe for the primary time, with a 24 per cent enhance in gross sales year-on-year. Registrations of autos within the Edge’s class supposedly grew 42 per cent year-on-year, too. A considerable pie from which Ford needs a double-helping, then.
Appears to be like acquainted…
Effectively, the Edge has been on sale for a few years, simply not in Europe. People have been capable of purchase them for a while. Two years, actually.
I see. Is our Edge the identical because the People’?
Sure and no. It seems to be the identical, however Ford has understandably had a little bit of a fiddle with what’s beneath. For starters, American Edges get huge V6s, however ours aren’t even out there with a petroleum engine (although Ford admits it may simply slot one in). Not even some four-cylinder EcoBoost job. The alternatives are a 2.0-litre diesel with 178bhp and a six-speed guide transmission, or a 207bhp model of the identical engine with a six-speed ‘Powershift’ automated. Each Edge will get all-wheel drive, whether or not you need it or not.
We additionally get suspension tuned for European roads and drivers, some new bits of trim and extra tech like LED headlamps and every kind of energetic security techniques. However chief amongst that new tech is Ford’s Adaptive Steering system (groan), which makes its first look on the Edge ‘Sport’.
Sure, groan. We’re not large followers of techniques like these, that take a predictable, often linear factor like a steering ratio and mess with it for supposed features in low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability. Due credit score, Ford’s system is kind of intelligent (it’s contained solely throughout the steering wheel itself), nevertheless it doesn’t do something for the Edge’s alleged credentials as a driver’s SUV.
The steering is direct, and it makes the Edge really feel fairly agile, nevertheless it doesn’t do a lot to disguise the substantial dimension and heft, or for the extra enthusiastic driver. It’s an enormous automobile, this. Certain footed and thus nice on the motorway, however huge. Wider than a Land Rover Discovery, minus mirrors, and over two tonnes with passengers & baggage.
Sit within the driver’s seat, and for those who’re slight there’s a minimum of a foot between your shoulder and the window body. And due to the best way the bonnet tapers off, it’s difficult to put on the street. Visibility is broadly good, however you merely don’t know the place the corners are.
Not a driver’s automobile, then?
No, probably not. The usual steering is healthier – extra predictable, positive, however eager to self-centre and missing tactility. It’s not unhealthy to drive, the Edge, it simply isn’t very satisfying. And as a Ford, it actually needs to be. However to be honest, you would levy the identical criticism on the present Mondeo and S-Max, neither of that are as a lot enjoyable to drive as their predecessors. We digress.
So that you don’t prefer it?
Incorrect, as a result of right here’s the factor: it’s brilliantly refined, and really, marvellously quiet. In all probability the quietest Ford we’ve ever pushed, actually. Partially, that is because of one thing Ford calls Lively Noise Management. Have a pair of noise-cancelling headphones? Think about that form of know-how, however on a a lot grander scale. There are three microphones contained in the Edge. They decide up undesirable noise from the engine and transmission and instruct the audio system to emit “opposing sound waves” to cancel these noises out. There’s additionally acoustic laminated glass and particular aero. The outcome could be very little wind or tyre roar. It’s a bit eerie.
Allied to the comfortable seats, well-appointed inside and easy, managed journey – even in automobiles geared up with (the marginally firmer) sports activities suspension – and you’ve got a factor that’s totally nice to bumble about in, if not drive with any actual sense of urgency.
How in regards to the engines?
They’re OK. We’ve seen them earlier than, in Mondeos and S-Maxs. We preferred them then, and we like them now. Don’t anticipate something even vaguely resembling ‘sprightly’ efficiency, although. A lot as we’d like the massive V6 within the UK, Ford wouldn’t promote any, and the diesels are sluggish however by no means inconveniently so, and torquey sufficient for many. Quiet too, until you load them up.
The 207bhp model does 0-62mph in 9.4seconds, with a most pace of 131mph. The lesser-powered 178bhp is half a second tardier to 62mph and 7mph slower top-end. Financial system is identical whichever engine you go for: 48.7mpg and 149g/km of CO2 (on 19s).
The automated gearbox shuffles cogs with a minimal of fuss, and the guide is solely sufficient. We’d pay the additional for the auto’ – it suits higher with the Edge’s extra laid-back method of going about its enterprise, and the additional 38lb ft (taking the full as much as 332lb ft) of torque isn’t to be sniffed at.
Neglect the within for a second, how in regards to the exterior? The Edge doesn’t appear to be most European Fords, and this can be a good factor. We fairly prefer it, and it definitely seems to be an entire lot extra fascinating than most of its opponents. For some, this can be sufficient.
Inside is much less good. As a result of the Edge is predicated on the identical platform that underpins the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy, the inside can be immediately acquainted to these of you who’ve owned, sat in or seen an enormous Ford from the final couple of years. High quality is nice, although, and the quantity of area on supply beneficiant. A 6ft driver can sit with one other equally sized human behind with out difficulty, and for those who flip the rear-seats down, the boot is comfortably extra capacious than a Q5’s, X3’s or GLC’s.
Is it costly?
Costs begin at slightly below £30K for the essential ‘Zetec’. Package ranges are good, besides Ford expects as little as two per cent of patrons to go for it. Half of gross sales are anticipated to come back from the top-of-the-line, £34,500 ‘Sport’ (the orange automobile above), which will get the beefy bodykit and Lively Steering as customary. Our decide is both a Sport (and stay with the steering) or a mid-range ‘Titanium’ (the maroon automobile), with the larger engine (and accompanying auto’ gearbox), softer suspension and a few choices. Complete outlay is mid-thirties.
How does that stack up towards the competitors?
Fairly effectively. The Q5 begins at simply over £32K, the X3 round £34K and the growing older XC60 at £31,660. In the meantime, you may have an entry-level 2WD Jaguar F-Tempo for £34K. Or a Disco Sport for slightly over £31K. How about that. However then the Ford does include huge quantities of package…
So what’s the decision?
Not unhealthy. The Edge is a superb wafter, however doesn’t engender a lot enthusiasm from its driver. And that’s completely wonderful by us, as a result of it’s solely match for function – comfortable, spacious, daring(we’d say good, you won’t)-looking and never disagreeable to drive. The Blue Oval says it has some 500 orders already, nevertheless it stays to be seen whether or not the Edge can efficiently tempt lots of punters away from the German competitors, with their extra image-friendly badges.