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Ford Edge 2.0 TDCI 210PS 2016 Road Test

Ford last sold a large SUV – called Explorer – in the 1990s. It flopped, but the odds are better for the new Edge. It’s practical, spacious, comfortable and packed with technology. Plus it feels well-made and is very competitively priced. For those considering a Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe there’s a new rival to think about...

There are only two engines on offer - both 2.0-litre diesels with all-wheel drive. Both have identical emissions of 149g/km and economy of 48.7mpg. The basic 180PS engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission, but Ford expects it to be less popular than the 210PS variant which comes with a six-speed Powershift automatic and is tested here.

Peak torque is 450Nm and it’s available from low down the rev range at 2000rpm, but it tails of fairly quickly. The result is performance that isn’t quite as punchy as you might expect, but that shouldn’t put you off - there’s still more than enough gusto to make light work of motorway slip roads, or for overtaking slow moving traffic.

The most striking thing about the engine is how quiet it is. The automatic transmission changes up quickly and smoothly, keeping noise to a minimum, helped further by acoustic glass and active noise cancelling technology like that used in high-end headphones. Even at motorway speeds there is barely any engine noise at all, nor much in the way of wind or tyre noise

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It’s comfortable too. The Ride quality is very good over uneven, potholed and bumpy roads so, while there’s the odd thud over the worst ruts, the Edge copes well with typical British country lanes. It tackles bends well too. The steering is pleasantly weighted and accurate, while the suspension keeps body roll in check through corners very well for such a tall and heavy car.

All versions of the Edge have all-wheel drive, so there’s some extra security when driving in very wet or snowy conditions. Its off-road capability is good enough for traversing farm tracks or towing a caravan (the braked trailer rating is 2000kg) across a damp field – but we don’t envisage many Edge owners getting their cars muddy on a regular basis. 

The Edge is a very large SUV, which means it can be tricky to drive in tight urban streets, but the upside is a huge cabin with space for five adults, thanks to the generous head and legroom - even when the panoramic glass roof is specified. If you have children then the wide-opening rear doors will make getting child seats in and out very easy. Plus there’s a three-pin plug on Titanium and Sport trims to power their gadgets.

The boot is huge, with 602 litres of capacity to the load cover and 800 litres to the roof. Fold the back seats down via buttons near the tailgate and a massive 1847 litres is freed up – enough for big pieces of furniture or bicycles. The load deck is quite high, so loading heavy items might prove tricky but it is flat, so there is no irritating lip to lift objects over.

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Even the basic Zetec model comes with an extremely impressive array of technology. Among the standard features are auto lights, auto wipers, a reversing camera, Quickclear windscreen, lane keeping aid, a touchscreen system and Bluetooth. A speed limiter that adapts to the current speed limit using traffic sign recognition is standard too and it's particularly handy when driving in an unfamiliar place.

Opting for Titanium trim adds navigation and adaptive cruise control, along with a power tailgate and heated front seats. An optional Lux pack adds power adjustment and ventilation to the seats, along with leather upholstery and an openable panoramic glass roof. Other options include automatic parking and adaptive LED headlights.

With a starting price of less than £30,000, the Edge is more affordable than the Hyundai Santa Fe and has similar pricing to the Kia Sorento. The Ford does lack a seven-seat option, unlike its rivals, but if you only need five seats then it’s a much better buy – it’s more enjoyably to drive and comes with better technology.

In fact, we think the Edge is one of the best large SUVs on sale. It’s exceptionally quiet and comfortable on the road, it’s packed with safety gadgets, it has a huge cabin and is well priced. Factor in the generous standard equipment and added security of standard all-wheel drive and it’s easy to recommend.

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