Neither of the two 2.0-litre diesel engines available for the Edge feel quite up to the job of hauling around such a big, heavy vehicle. The 177bhp model is quick enough, but it’s not as lively as an equivalent Audi Q5 or BMW X3 and you have to work hard to keep up with traffic at speed. The gearbox is slick, though, and the Edge cruises happily enough on the motorway. Disappointingly, the 207bhp engine feels little better because the standard six-speed auto ‘box is slow to respond and blunts acceleration.
Ford Edge ride & handling
Whatever your priorities, the Edge is more enjoyable to drive than many of its rivals. The Edge is bigger and heavier than many SUVs at this price but it does an excellent job of disguising its bulk thanks to sharp handling, sensitive steering and excellent grip. Standard four-wheel drive gives good traction on slippery surfaces. The suspension controls body movement well yet it also gives a smooth, comfortable ride.
Ford Edge refinement
The Edge puts many premium-badge SUVs to shame in terms of refinement. A noise-cancelling feature is fitted as standard, and it works: even when pushed the engines aren’t boomy; mostly they fade almost entirely in to the background. The engines are also smooth, with minimal vibration through the controls. The Edge is a relaxing cruise, with little road and suspension noise in the cabin at speed. With the optional panoramic roof there’s hardly any wind noise; without it you get roof rails, which create a bit of rustle.