Ford Edge (2015 -) Review

Review by Steve Moody on
Last Updated: 15 Aug 2016
3.6
The Ford Edge is the first big SUV from the company to hit European shores since the forgettable Explorer more than a decade ago. A large, cheap family off-roader About the same size as a Volkswagen Touareg and about the same price as a Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford hopes that the new SUV with crossover styling will repeat the success of the Range Rover Evoque or Volvo XC60 and take it into a market where buyers are fairly well-off and family-oriented.

Ford Edge (15 on)
  • Ford’s biggest, most practical SUV to date
  • Lots of kit for the money
  • Superb refinement from Active Noise Control
  • Comfort and space for the whole family
  • Strong predicted used values
  • Four-cylinder diesel not especially fast
  • Cabin material quality variable

New price range:

£32,095 - £44,755

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Used price range:

£10,884 - £33,923

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.6 out of 5

The Ford Edge is the first big SUV from the company to hit European shores since the forgettable Explorer more than a decade ago.

A large, cheap family off-roader

About the same size as a Volkswagen Touareg and about the same price as a Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford hopes that the new SUV with crossover styling will repeat the success of the Range Rover Evoque or Volvo XC60 and take it into a market where buyers are fairly well-off and family-oriented.

The issue is that the Volvo and Range Rover brands sit quite happily at such a level, whereas for Ford, it is asking buyers to spend more money on a car with a Blue Oval on its nose than almost any other in the range, the likes of the Mustang excepted.

This is because big cars are a dread area for volume brands. Where once the Mondeo sold by the bucketload for Ford, now it shifts ‘only’ 20,000 a year. This is a still a lot of cars, but a fifth of the volume it might have sold in its heyday. So it's up to the Edge to carry the fight for Fords costing around £30,000 or more.

First of the crucial global Ford products

The Edge is the first One Ford car that will sell in significant volume. What this means is that it has been engineered to sell in all world markets, once given a bit of a tweak for regional tastes. Indeed, it has been on sale in the USA for about a year, and only now goes on sale in Europe.

To ensure that it’s not just an American SUV foisted on us Europeans (see Explorer above), Ford has spent a lot of money on the engineering and construction of the car so that it can handle the stiffer suspension and sharper steering needed for our more winding, higher speed roads, as well as adding more soundproofing to reach the refinement levels expected in Europe.

Pair of diesel engines, auto or manual gearboxes, all-wheel drive

There are two engines available: either the 176bhp 2.0 TDCi or the bi-turbo, 206bhp version of essentially the same motor, while both come with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed Powershift auto. All however, come with all-wheel drive as standard.

Odd then, that both manual low-power and auto high-power Edges have the same CO2 level, at 149g/km, and official combined fuel economy, at 48.7mpg. It will be a photo finish in a race between all models, with 9.4 seconds to 62mph for the 206bhp car and 9.9 for the 176bhp version.

Trio of trim levels

The range is as straightforward as the engine line-up. From launch, prices start at £29,995 for a Zetec, followed by Titanium at £32,245 and finally Sport at £34,495.

Even in base Zetec spec, there are 19-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, privacy glass, a lane-keeping aid, rear-view camera, powered bootlid and a host of other useful kit, while Titanium adds little luxuries such as heated seats, navigation and Active Noise Control, and looks like excellent value for money. For the Sport, it’s all black: alloys, grille and trim.

Although the Mondeo Vignale debuted the technology, the Edge is the first new car to offer Ford’s Active Noise Control and acoustic windows. The theory is that speakers transmit a noise at a frequency that cancels out the engine, while the glass has a thin film that does the same job with onrushing wind.

High resale value for Ford Edge

Taking all this into account, will the Edge take Ford forward into new markets? Well, our experts have given this car the second-highest predicted used value of any Ford (after the Focus RS), which suggests they reckon it has a chance.

So is it really as practical as a Touareg, as cost effective as a Santa Fe, yet as attractive as an Evoque? Read on for the full Ford Edge review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.6 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.8 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

4 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

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