For pottering around town, the 177bhp version is quick enough, but it’s nowhere near as lively as an equivalent Volvo XC60 or Audi Q5 – or even a Kia Sorento, for that matter. This relative lack of pace really shows itself on faster roads, where you need to make good use of the six-speed manual gearbox’s ratios. The 'box is slick and precise, though, and once you are up to speed the Edge will cruise happily at motorway speeds.
Disappointingly, the 207bhp engine feels barely any stronger. Acceleration is slightly brisker, but the standard six-speed automatic gearbox negates much of the moderate power hike with its lethargic responses. Sport mode perks things up, but it does leave the car in too low a gear for cruising.
A noise-cancelling feature is fitted as standard across the range, and it works; even when thrashed, the engines aren’t boomy or clattery. They’re also smooth; very little vibration comes through the controls and, with a low level of road noise, the Edge is a peaceful cruiser. With the optional panoramic roof fitted, there’s hardly any wind noise at 70mph, but without it you get roof rails that do create a bit of flutter.
The ride is a mixed bag. On 19in alloy wheels (standard on entry-level Titanium trim), the Edge wafts over larger imperfections, such as speed bumps. However, beaten-up town roads cause the car to shimmy around a little. Go for 20in wheels (standard on ST-Line and Vignale models) and things start to become somewhat uncomfortable.
The Edge doesn’t match the Q5’s class-leading dynamics – mainly because its hefty weight makes it slower to change direction in tight turns – but it isn't terrible to drive and handles better than, for instance, the XC60. The Edge resists body lean better than that car and grips well enough, too. Because the four-wheel drive system is always active, there’s also no need to worry about changing the settings when the conditions get slippery. The Edge also offers an impressive towing capacity of 2200kg – enough for a large caravan.