But what happens if you need something a bit larger and more spacious than those two cars? Well that’s where Ford steps in with its premium Edge – offering a more upmarket proposition, but not one that sacrifices on versatility. Here’s what you need to know about this large SUV.
What engines are available?
Ford offers a pair of diesel engines with its Edge, which are available depending on trim level.
The starting engine is a 2.0-litre EcoBlue unit developing 148bhp and 370Nm of torque. It sends its power to the front wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission, too. It’s the most efficient of the two engines – returning up to 42.2mpg, while also offering far lower CO2 emissions than the other unit, with Ford claiming 153g/km of CO2. While not offering rapid performance, 0-60mph in 11 seconds is plenty in a model of this size, while it would reach a claimed top speed of 129mph. This unit is solely offered on the Titanium.
At the other end of the spectrum is a bi-turbo 2.0-litre diesel unit producing 235bhp and 500Nm of torque. It uses the same eight-speed automatic gearbox as the other engine, but comes with all-wheel-drive for extra traction. It’s noticeably quicker – accelerating from 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 134mph. It’s not that much less efficient, either – returning up to 41.5mpg, along with CO2 emissions of 176g/km. This engine is just available on the top-spec ST-Line and Vignale models.
What trim levels are offered?
Key to the Edge’s appeal is the simplified range, which makes choosing the right trim level for you easier than ever. Three trims are offered, with highlights and prices as follows.
Titanium – from £37,020
The entry-level Titanium comes very well-equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, a full suite of LED lights and electric and heated door mirrors with puddle lights. It also features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch touchscreen with DAB radio and satellite navigation, perforated leather seats, heated front and rear seats and ventilated front seats, too. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and an electric tailgate. The Edge’s standard safety kit is very impressive, too – featuring adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition.
ST-Line – from £43,035See Available Edge deals
This style-focused model adds 20-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, a revised bodykit and sports suspension to make it stand out next to the Titanium model. It also gains a heated steering wheel, a B&O premium sound system and access to FordPass Connect, which offers connected features like a Wi-Fi hot spot, which enables remote services and live traffic updates. The jump in price might seem a lot, but it’s worth considering this version’s more powerful engine and all-wheel-drive.
Vignale – from £46,035
Sitting at the top of the range, the luxurious Vignale features additional chrome styling, Matrix LED headlights, perforated leather seats, a leather-wrapped instrument cluster, illuminated scuff plates and polished 20-inch alloy wheels.
What about personalisation?
By just picking the right trim level on your Edge, that goes some way to help you personalise your car, as each grade comes with different styling to the next.
A great selection offers are available – including a bright Ruby Red, Burgundy Velvet (dark purple) and Ametista Scura (dark brown), too, along with the more conventional line-up of shades. Certain colours are also unique to various trim levels – mainly the Vignale, which comes with its own bespoke line-up of colours. Four interior leather colour combinations are also offered.
Given the Edge comes so well-equipped in the first place, there aren’t all that many individual options you can choose from. Our highlights are the panoramic glass sunroof (£750), park assist (£150) and blind spot assist (£500).
A broad selection of accessories are also offered, with just a few highlights including ski racks, a detachable tow bar, roof bars and mud flaps.