The Edge has that lofty seating position that SUV buyers love. It gives you a great view of the road ahead, although it can be hard to judge where the end of the bonnet is when parking. As is common in modern cars, the wide rear pillars block some of your over-the-shoulder view, but a reversing camera and all-round parking sensors are fitted as standard.
With so much adjustment on offer, it’s hard to imagine anyone finding fault with the Edge’s driving position. The steering wheel has a large range of movement for height and reach, while the seat on all but entry-level Titanium models is fully electric. An optional Lux Pack adds the 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat to Titanium trim.
The dashboard buttons are easy to reach but some are quite small; this can be distracting when you are driving because they require more than a quick glance to decipher. There’s also a dizzying array of controls on the standard multi-function steering wheel and a multitude of menus on the TFT display by the dials. Both are useful things to have but, again, can befuddle until you become familiar with them.
It’s a similar situation with the standard infotainment system. The picture on the 8.0in touchscreen is sharp enough, but many of the icons are small and some of the menus are confusing. It is a long way behind the best systems, such as the BMW X3’s iDrive or Audi Q5's MMI.
The Edge’s main rivals also have more premium-feeling interiors. It’s screwed well enough together and the upper dashboard surfaces have a soft-touch finish, but when you move farther down the surfaces become harsh and scratchy. In addition, the switchgear doesn’t feel as precise as the class’s best offerings or even those of more mainstream rivals, such as the Kia Sorento.