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      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Diesel
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Large, spacious five-seat SUV

Best bits

  • Enormous boot
  • Great motorway cruiser
  • Loaded with equipment

Not so great

  • Premium pricing
  • Limited engine range
  • No seven-seat option

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Overall verdict

"As an American import, the Edge brings a refreshingly brash exterior, all-inclusive approach to standard kit and cavernous interior to the large SUV party. It's a decent cruiser, but comes at a high price, and lacks the cabin quality and smooth ride of its posher rivals, while cheaper alternatives offer seven-seat practicality."

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The Ford Edge is a North American SUV that has been refined to European tastes; think of it as a gastropub cheeseburger, gussied up with a brioche bun and aioli dressing, but still an indulgent, fatty and simple meal.


When it first reached the UK in 2016, Ford was faced with the dilemma of where to slot it, in a market that already had lots of options for buyers looking for a big, five-seat family car with a raised up driving position.


Bravely, they decided to stuff the Edge with standard equipment, and price it just under premium rivals such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC, offering more toys than those cars, and a spacious interior.


Unfortunately, in reaching for the stars this car makes itself much harder to justify than other SUVs. It looks expensive alongside cars like the Skoda Kodiaq and Mazda CX-5 - yet can't match them for cabin quality.

The posher Vignale versions compete with cars that feel a lot nicer to drive, and will keep their value better.


Originally it came with four-wheel drive only, and either 180PS and a six-speed manual gearbox, or 210PS and an automatic transmission from a 2.0-litre diesel. The line-up was changed in 2018, and a new engine was introduced that was more economical, coming with 150PS and front-wheel drive, or 238PS as a 4x4.


Both of the newer versions got a relaxed eight-speed automatic gearbox, and the engine was refined, with plenty of low-down pulling power, but leisurely performance due to the Edge's size and two-tonne weight. 

It feels slower than most premium SUVs, and despite only using diesel power, it's not very economical either.


The rest of the driving experience is similarly disappointing. As you'd expect of a car designed to work in vast flat states like Iowa and Minnesota, it's a hushed, steady cruiser with slack controls and soft suspension. Yet the ride is also too firm, pattering across broken surfaces at low speed, and thumping stiffly over potholes.


It also pays a big penalty for its size. You'll have trouble squeezing into parking spots designed with Fiestas in mind, and will be holding your breath to avoid scraping the bumpers on width restrictors and car park barriers.


While this exterior bulk does give the Edge plenty of road presence, and makes it very comfortable inside for five adults, many rivals offer seven-seats, giving them the flexibility of an MPV. These cars can also swallow more luggage than the Ford, without giving you the same feeling of driving a tank through small village lanes.


In too many areas, the Edge is merely average, while in others its too compromised to recommend in favour of a wide array of talented alternatives. Excellent standard equipment and safety features do not make up for its low-rent interior and so-so driving dynamics, and its premium aspirations don't stack up for UK buyers.

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  • 2019
  • 21,867 miles
  • SMC Ford Sittingbourne
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Is the Ford Edge right for you?

If you need a large SUV but only five seats, and want to stand out from the crowd, the Edge aims to give you the premium features of pricier rivals from Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Volvo at a (slightly) lower price point. 


The four-wheel drive version has healthy outputs of 238PS and 500Nm. Combine that with its porky kerb weight and the Ford makes an excellent tow-car, but it's not as fast or sporty as those figures might suggest. 


This is a comfortable, spacious cruiser, with decent refinement that will take long journeys in its stride, and its interior - while lacking the wow factor of premium competition - it has every possible gadget you might want.


It also scores highly for its impressive rear passenger space and enormous boot. Still, most SUVs in this price range (and plenty below) also offer the option of seven seats, giving family buyers greater flexibility. 


Many of its rivals are also available with petrol-electric hybrid powertrains to help save fuel and cut their CO2 emissions, but the Edge makes do with diesel power alone, something that's likely to put some buyers off.

What’s the best Ford Edge model/engine to choose?

Ford limits the engine you can have based on the trim level, which is frustrating for buyers who don't want to spend extra, but need to for four-wheel drive, for example. The Titanium trim comes with the 150PS 2.0-litre diesel and front-wheel drive, while the ST-Line and Vignale feature the 238PS engine and four-wheel drive.


There is a fairly sizeable gap in performance, and some buyers will prefer the all-weather security of having four-wheel drive, but we still think the slower Titanium is the best choice. It comes with the same eight-speed automatic gearbox as the more powerful car, has all the kit you need, and helps keep a lid on running costs.


It also has a softer suspension setup and smaller wheels than the stiffened ST-Line trim, giving the Edge a better motorway ride. The less stressed engine is also noticeably more refined in this lower state of tune.

What other cars are similar to the Edge?

The Ford Edge faces tough competition from every corner of the SUV market. If you have a little more to spend the excellent Audi Q5 and BMW X3 feel much nicer inside, and have refined road manners to match.


If you want the versatility of seven seats, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is priced close to the Titanium trim, competes well in the spec count, and has a more upmarket image - plus an even bigger boot capacity.


Seven-seat buyers with less to spend are well served by the Peugeot 5008 or Skoda Kodiaq, which both come with a wider variety of engines, and will cost less to run and insure than the bigger, heavier Ford.


Company car buyers who want a reliable, efficient five-seat SUV with a long warranty and low CO2 output should go for the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. It's quieter around town, and emits 129g/km, but can't tow as much.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Which is bigger a Ford Edge or the Escape?

While both the Edge and Escape are popular SUVs in North America, only the larger Edge is sold here. In fact, it’s over 250mm longer than the Escape, which is closer in size to a Kuga.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Does the Ford Edge come with the option of seven seats?

Unfortunately not. Despite its imposing dimensions, and prices that put it in line with several rivals that offer seven seats as standard (or as an option) the Edge is only a five-seater.

David Ross

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David Ross

Is the Ford Edge a good used car?

Ford hasn’t sold a lot of Edges here in the UK, which means there are fewer second hand examples around than you might expect. They do represent good value, offering a roomy interior, but several competitors provide higher quality cabins and greater seating flexibility.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Will Ford stop making the Edge?

Ford might not stop building the Edge anytime soon, but it has already stopped selling it in the UK. It was nowhere near as popular as the smaller Kuga, and poor sales sealed its fate.

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Can I buy a hybrid Edge?

The new Ford Kuga will be available as both a plug-in hybrid and with mild-hybrid fuel saving technology, but the Edge was only ever sold with diesel engines. So if your preference is to avoid diesel power (or be an early adopter of hybrid) then this isn’t the right SUV for you.

David Ross

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