- Head-turning looks
- Exceptional practicality
- Comfortable and refined ride
- Lacks the finesse of prestige-badged rivals
- Interior is a bit dull
- Underpowered, thirsty diesel engines
Premium SUV that’s comfortable and spacious
The Ford Edge is the latest car to be built with Ford’s new one car strategy. That means it’s built with the world in mind, rather than for a specific country. The Edge was introduced to UK markets in 2016, and signals Ford’s attempts to appeal to more upmarket buyers. The Edge is a five-seater four wheel drive SUV that’s comfortable to drive, hugely spacious, and comes with head-turning looks. Two diesel engines are on offer in the range, and are both reasonably efficient, whilst the interior is solid, practical, and modern. It’s not quite a match for the Mercedes GLE or the Jaguar F-Pace, but it’s still a pretty impressive package.
Clean modern design, tremendous practicality, and generous equipment
Stepping inside a Ford Edge is a familiar experience, especially if you’ve sat in the latest Ford S-Max. It’s an ergonomically designed interior, with plenty of storage room, and lots of kit, even if you go for the entry-level model.
The dashboard design of the Edge is both attractive and practical. It doesn’t look quite as high-end as a Mercedes GLE or a BMW X3, but it’s far from cheap. Controls are well-placed, nicely damped, and easy to use, whilst material quality is excellent throughout, with soft-touch materials adorning all areas of the cabin. One criticism could be that it all looks a little bit on the dull side, and if Ford is planning on going upmarket, you would think they would have put a bit more effort into creating more of a wow factor.
One area in which the Edge really impresses is in the space that it offers. The rear seats offer enough head and legroom for even the tallest of passengers, and with reclining mechanisms featuring, it really is an easy environment to get comfortable in. The 602 litre boot capacity is not only humongous, it’s also one of the biggest on offer in the class. There’s enough space for almost any family need, and if you fold the rear seats down, you’ll get a cavernous 1,788 litres.
Equipment levels in the Edge are generous no matter which trim level you go for. The entry-level Zetec offers enough for most buyers, with dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, alloy wheels, a reversing camera, and a touch-screen infotainment system all featuring. Titanium trim adds sat-nav, a powered tailgate, and heated seats, whilst range-topping Sport trim adds 20” alloy wheels, a firmer suspension, and adaptive steering.
All in all the inside of the Edge is a well thought out, well put together package. The cabin isn’t the plushest, especially compared to premium rivals, but there’s more storage space than you’ll ever need, and you do get an awful lot of kit for your money.
Comfortable and refined, but not much fun to drive
Ford is associated in the UK with producing cars that offer class-leading handling. Unfortunately however, the Edge bucks the trend. It’s not that the Edge is particularly poor out on the open road, it’s just not likely to put a smile on your face. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of grip through the corners, and body roll is kept reasonably well in check. Steering does however feel a bit vague, and doesn’t offer a great deal of feedback, so it’s not as precise as some of the Edge’s premium-badged rivals.
Suspension and Chassis
The Edge might not be much fun through the corners, but it’s certainly one of the most comfortable cars in its class. The suspension is soft and supple, and majestically irons out even the worst of British road surfaces. Four-wheel drive is standard across the range, which will give drivers confidence in tough weather. Ride refinement is also outstanding, with little to no road noise, even at motorway speeds, making the Edge an excellent long-distance cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Edge come in two guises. A six speed manual transmission is paired with the lower powered diesel engine, and is sharp, slick, and precise- it really is a joy to use. The higher powered diesel comes with an automatic gearbox that is sure to be a popular choice in this market, and it’s pretty smooth and responsive, though it does reduce fuel economy somewhat.
Quiet diesel engines are a little underpowered
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Edge, you’ve got two options, but both are diesel-powered. The more powerful diesel is a bit more punchy, but its added day-to-day running costs undermine its minor acceleration advantage.
If it’s power that you want from your Edge, the best option in the range is the 2.0 TDCi 210 model, which produces 207bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds. It may have a lot of power, but the Edge’s two ton curb weight make it feel sluggish under heavy acceleration. The lower-powered 178bhp diesel is also only 2 seconds slower to 62mph, but it is more economical, and emits less emissions, so is cheaper to tax each year.
Eco-friendly buyers don’t usually consider premium SUVs as their car of choice, and the Edge certainly doesn’t offer them a viable planet-saving option. The greenest engine in the range is the 2.0 TDCi 180, which produces 149g/km of CO2 emissions. Not only is it not great for the planet, it’ll also cost £185 in road tax in the first year. Money-savers will however be reasonably pleased with the 48.7mpg fuel economy that’s on offer, but it’s certainly not the class-leader.
Both engines in the Edge range are pretty similar, the only real difference is the gearbox that they come with. The sensible option is the lower-powered diesel, as it’s almost as quick as the 207bhp diesel, it’s cheaper to run, and it’s cheaper to buy in the first place.
Not yet tested by NCAP, but impressive standard safety kit
The Ford Edge is a relatively new addition to the UK market, so hasn’t yet been tested by NCAP. Despite this, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Edge will score the maximum five stars, especially when you consider that almost all of the other Ford offerings achieved this feat. The Edge also comes with plenty of modern safety equipment in its locker. Even entry-level models feature automatic city braking, a full compliment of airbags, lane departure warning, and a traffic sign recognition system.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Ford Edge represents reasonably solid value for money for buyers. It’s not the most efficient upmarket SUV that money can buy, but fuel economy doesn’t drop below 47.9mpg on any of the models, so you won’t be paying too much out each week for fuel. CO2 emissions, as with most SUVs, are pretty high, which means that road tax bills will be pretty pricey, even if you go for the greener low-powered diesel engine.
Insurance groups for the Edge depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 25 for the entry-level 2.0 TDCi (180) Zetec, and climb up towards group 30 if you’re tempted by the all-out luxury of the 2.0 TDCi (210) Sport. Generally speaking, insurance should be a little less expensive than a BMW X3 or a Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Depreciation is a factor with the Ford Edge, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40% across all classes, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Ford Edge is an interesting addition to the luxury large SUV market. It might not have the badge prestige of some of its rivals, but few can match the Edge for outright practicality. The interior might not be as plush as some might expect for the price as well, but there’s enough standard kit to make up for it, whilst the engines are reasonably efficient. Ultimately it’ll be the Edge’s styling and road presence that will win it its most fans though, as it really does turn heads, and dominate the road.
Buying a used Ford Edge online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Ford Edge for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Edge. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Ford online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Ford? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Ford Edge, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Edge, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Ford to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.