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Ford Edge SUV (2016-2019) - Reliability & safety

Euro NCAP found the Ford Edge to be a very safe SUV

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.9 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

It's fair to say that Ford has been rather left behind by certain other mass-market brands in the owner satisfaction stakes. This is a shortcoming that the company would be wise to address in the face of increasingly tough competition from high-performing brands such as Skoda and Kia – carmakers that Ford might not have even considered as rivals not so very long ago.

Ford Edge reliability

The Ford Edge hasn't yet appeared in our Driver Power survey, as too few owners have participated for it to individually feature in the results. However, Ford itself finished in a lacklustre 23rd place out of 30 brands surveyed in the 2019 edition.

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The good news is that Ford owners seem very pleased with the way their cars drive. Engines and gearboxes are well liked, as is the infotainment equipment featured on many models. Less impressive though is Ford's score for build quality. It placed 20th here, although reliability wasn't seen as a major concern and only 9.0% of owners reported one or more faults in the first year of ownership.

Safety

There's no doubt at all that the Ford Edge is a very safe car. Independent crash-testing body Euro NCAP recently toughened up its test criteria, yet the Edge still scored the maximum five stars. Its 85% adult occupant and 89% safety assist scores are strong and, while the Edge is a large SUV with a relatively bluff front end, its 67% pedestrian protection score is decent.

All models come with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – an increasingly essential modern safety feature – and Euro NCAP found Ford’s AEB system to be highly effective. There’s also traffic-sign recognition and a lane-departure aid that’ll help you keep to your lane on the motorway. A 2018 update introduced stop and go functionality for the adaptive cruise control system, as well as lane centring (Ford's name for lane keeping assist) and evasive steering assist.

Further safety features you can choose as optional extras include inflatable rear seatbelts that help to reduce bruising in the event of an accident) as well as a clever 180-degree ‘Split View’ camera that helps you to see oncoming traffic when pulling out of a tight junction.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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