Caroline drives the Ford Edge ST-Line.
When it comes to building flagship SUVs, Ford knows how to bring out the big guns. While the smaller Ford Kuga is the runaway winner of Ford SUV sales in Ireland, it’s the presence and prestige of the Ford Edge that y’all probably wanting.
Yet with pricing starting at €47,995, the Edge is completely different territory to the Kuga and actually sizes up against some considerably tough premium competition. But Ford is not afraid to take on those Teutonic tanks; the Edge is clearly pitched as a luxury SUV for the well-heeled.
The Ford Edge has been on sale in North America since 2007, though the Edge is a brand new model for the Ford brand in Europe since 2016. The American SUV roots are very clear in the styling with the high bonnet, big grille and considerable bulk.
What’s new in the Ford Edge ST-Line?
This year Ford Ireland added a sporty ST-Line (from €50,425) to the Edge line-up. Cosmetic updates include 20” alloy wheels, black grille and body kit, while inside there are part leather seats and aluminium pedals. Under the skin there is a sport suspension to sharpen up the driving dynamics.
The Ford Edge is a spacious five seat SUV with large footwells, a good wide rear bench and generous headroom all round. A handsfree power tailgate comes as standard and opens to reveal 600 litres of boot space.
Inside the cabin design and finish is similar to the likes of the Ford S-MAX MPV. The material quality is good for Ford and it all appears well-built; however it’s lacking the plushness of premium rivals like the Jaguar F-PACE and BMW X3.
Still the cars are comfortable and well equipped with auto high beam, parking sensors, cruise control, touchscreen, Ford SYNC 3, dual zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, traffic sign recognition, and ambient lighting.
Diesel power for the Ford Edge
The Ford Edge is offered in Ireland with a choice of two 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, one with 180PS (manual) or a bi-turbo version with 210PS (automatic). Four wheel drive comes as standard. Fuel consumption for both models is rated at 5.8l/100 km, while motor tax accounts for €390 per year.
On the road the Ford Edge is swift, comfortable and powerful. The engine/gearbox combination is reasonably refined too and the cabin is well-insulated for peaceful long haul trips on the motorway. The automatic gearbox definitely makes light work of manouvering this machine. It’s got nicely weighted steering and is tidy through corners; though there’s no escaping some body roll.
Over a week of driving my fuel consumption was 8.1l/100 km so it is quite a thirsty beast.
What’s the verdict?
For those already committed to the Ford brand and looking to upgrade, the Ford Edge is very desirable and does a good job of holding the throne of flagship SUV. The ST-Line trim level really suits the Ford Edge with attractive sporty styling and a stiffer suspension improving the handling without compromising ride comfort.
However the Edge does not exist in a vacuum and buyers with around €50,000 to spend on an SUV can choose from any number of premium SUVs with more prestigious badges and interiors. It’s contentious territory but the Ford Edge does provide all the comfort and refinement of a high-end SUV, and is spacious and well-equipped.
Model tested: Ford Edge ST-Line 2.0 TDCi 210hp
Price: €55,075 (Range from €47,995)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 210 hp
Torque: 450 Nm
0-100km/h: 9.6 seconds
Top speed: 211 km/h
CO2 emissions: 152 g/km
Motor tax: €390 per year