Ford Edge SUV (2016-2019) - Engines, drive & performance
The Ford Edge provides quiet, comfortable but unexciting progress
While the Edge may not be especially quick, it is quiet and comfortable. All models come with noise-cancelling technology that emits a specific frequency from the speakers to help suppress outside noise. There’s also laminated glass and extra soundproofing to improve refinement. It all works well, especially at motorway speeds.
The ride is pretty good on the Titanium model thanks to its soft, US-style suspension. In contrast, we found the ST-Line rather firm, with its stiffer suspension and larger 20-inch wheels unsettling the car on uneven roads – although it didn’t crash into potholes too harshly.
While the softness of the Titanium and Vignale models causes them to lean somewhat in bends, it’s disappointing that the firmness of the ST-Line doesn’t translate into extra cornering agility either. Body lean is still quite pronounced and the weight and bulk of the Edge goes undisguised. The Edge’s steering is pleasingly weighted and responds quickly, but provides you with very little information.
You’re far better off considering the Edge as a relaxed cruiser, and when fitted with the smaller 19-inch wheels, it’s easily one of the most comfortable and relaxed large SUVs to travel in.
We’ve yet to try the Edge off-road, but the reasonably high ride height and intelligent all-wheel-drive system (fitted with the more powerful engine) should ensure it can tackle some reasonably tough routes, although it’s unlikely to be up to the same standard as the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Ford Edge diesel engines
Fans of petrol engines will need to look elsewhere as the Edge is a diesel-only model in the UK. There are two 2.0-litre diesel engines to choose from, the most powerful model boasting two turbochargers, while the less-powerful engines make do with one. New in the 2018 update was a 148bhp entry-level engine with front-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Other models have part-time four-wheel drive as standard, with power only sent to the rear wheels when the car’s electronics detect that the front wheels are losing grip.
We were impressed by the smoothness of the 2.0-litre 148bhp engine, which has plenty of punch for overtaking as long as you choose the right gear. It’s helpful, then, that its gearbox is pleasant and easy to use. It’s a shame this engine is only available on the Titanium trim, as it would be a fairly good match for the other models too.
The most powerful model's extra power translates to comfortable and unruffled transportation, rather than an exciting driving experience. It reduces the 0-62mph time from 11.2 to 9.6 seconds, although neither engine ever feels quick due to the Edge’s two-tonne weight. This 235bhp engine is the only one offered on ST-Line and Vignale versions.