What's the used Ford Edge hatchback like?
In America, everything’s bigger – or so the saying goes, anyway. Which is why, when Ford needed a large SUV to compete in the growing European market for such things, it turned to one already on sale in the US: the Edge.
That said, relatively few versions were made available here in the UK. You can choose between two versions of the same 2.0-litre diesel engine – one with 178bhp, the other with 207bhp. There's also a choice of four trim levels: entry-level Zetec, luxurious Titanium, aggressive-looking Sport, which was later renamed ST-Line, and opulent Vignale.
Size is a factor that dominates the Edge, in fact; out on the road, it continually reminds you of its girth and its weight. You first notice this in the turning circle, which is appalling, and often leaves you having to have a second go at parking; turns in the road can become a laborious affair.
As you might expect, it feels rather ponderous if you try to hustle it along a twisty road, too; responsive steering and a game attempt at body control help matters, but the Edge isn’t keen to change direction quickly and leans over if you push it too hard.
What’s more, powerful though those diesel engines are, neither version hauls the car along all that well. The ride, too, can be rather lumpy in models fitted with the larger, 20in wheels. Smaller-wheeled cars are far better, though, smoothing out most town bumps and providing cosseting comfort on the motorway.
Comfort is something the Edge does well, in fact; it’s quiet when you’re on the move, and the seats are broad and well padded, while both front and rear seat passengers get a huge amount of space to stretch out in.
The boot is huge, too, and it’s a practical, square shape. However, there’s no third row of seats in there; the Edge is strictly a five-seater – unlike the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Kodiaq.
If you only need to seat five, mind you, the Edge’s interior is very pleasant. It feels solid and well built, with only a couple of slightly cheap-looking plastics marring things. Early versions featured a rather fiddly and sluggish touchscreen system, but later cars are far better, while the rest of the switchgear feels solid and slick.