Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the 2018 Ford Edge!! This is a family-size SUV with a magnificent interior within its sizeable dimensions. This mule is easy to drive around, really comfortable and comes with an arsenal of safety features. This 4-wheel drive SUV sits in the same class as the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Kia Sorento at its lower price. On the higher side, it stands against big-badge rivals such as the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.
Which Ford Edge is the best pick and why?
Since the late 1990s when the old Explorer bit dust, Ford has not had a large SUV in the European market. The way we see it now, it's time to reunite, and Ford seemingly sees the importance of having a big one on the European market.
Within Ford itself, the new the Ford Edge Titanium TDCi 180 takes up a place above the EcoSport and Kuga models. Thankfully, this is not just another body-on-chassis, chunky, V6, gasoline only American truck. This is the new best selling SUV in the US and its part of Ford's bid to retain their customers who have constantly been leaving for flashier brands. The big badass Ford is now back with a vengeance like the Hulk!
The titanium trim comes with the more powerful engine, a Powershift dual clutch automatic gearbox and the usual UK geared intelligent four-wheel drive.
How does the inside of the Edge look like?
Raise your glass if you believe that enough space is a big part of luxury because we have something to toast to here. The Edge comes longer than the Discovery Sport but only offers five seats, leaving abundant room for people and cargo. The seats? Big and squashy with a lot of soft-touch material.
How does it feel to drive the Ford Edge?
Take a seat behind the wheel, and you will have an entire foot between your shoulder and the window frame. Depending on your height, you will or won't be able to see the corners of the car because of the way the bonnet tapers off. Visibility is generally very broad, and you can easily place this mean machine on the road. The quiet cabin sort of feels like a luxury car and the confident handling it provides makes it lots of fun to drive. The suspension is spot on, and it provides an impressively even ride even on rough spots.
Also new is the brilliantly redefined interior, the Edge is now marvelously quiet with both the engine, wind and general road roar hushed. This is achieved by a system called 'Active Noise Control' which picks up unwanted sounds and produces opposing sounds resulting in an eerie-quiet environment. This coupled with the acoustic laminated glass, special aero and comfy seats give you a pleasant ride to vibe to.
Which features make the Ford Edge different?
The entry-level Zetec model boasts a reverse camera, a nine-speaker stereo with DAB, automatic headlights, lane-keeping assistance, keyless go and Ford's Quickclear heated windscreen.
The Titanium trim gives you a navigation system, heated front seats, and ambient interior lighting, while the range-topping Vignale goes an extra mile to justify it's ??40,000 price tag with LED headlamps, special quilted leather seats, and extra chrome detailing.
There is also a ST-Line model, replacing the previous Sport trim, which gives the Edge a more athletic look. It comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, and active steering. However, it doesn't do much to change the Edge's driving experience. The softer setup of the Titanium and Zetec models feels far better suited to the SUV's laid-back character.
How good is the Ford Edge's safety?
The NHTSA gave the Edge a five-star overall safety score out of five stars. In IIHS evaluations, the Edge scored 'Good' on all crash tests except the small overlap front crash where it received an Average rating (Good is the highest rating). The Edge received a Basic rating on the front collision prevention test.
Active safety features include forward collision warning, active cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and blind spot warning.