Early fears that the Edge wouldn’t be practical enough for my requirements have proven unfounded.
In fact, I’ve found it to be a capable all-rounder. As the number of photo shoots ramped up on the approach to Christmas, not a day went by without the Edge being filled to the brim with people and my camera gear. Drop the rear seats and you’re presented with a flat floor and virtually no load lip, making it easy to load anything from awkward tripods to heavy lighting rigs.
Most impressive of all,though, was its ability to accommodate the nine sets of 222cm-long wooden slats required for my new living room floor. It wouldn’t have been possible with a front passenger, but with the rear bench folded in its 60/40 arrangement, there was still enough space for my wife to perch on the remaining rear seat. Perfect.
Elsewhere in the cabin, there’s quite a bit of storage space. The glovebox and front door bins are a decent size and there is a small cubbyhole beneath the air conditioning controls. Most useful of all is the central bin between the front seats. Despite having a 12V charger, aux-in and USB sockets in it, there’s still enough space for gloves, a hat and a large bottle of water.
Not that I necessarily need to wrap up warm. The Edge’s electrically adjustable, heated and cooled leather seats have made winter mornings all the more bearable. That said, I’m still unconvinced that the £2000 Lux Pack, which also includes a vast panoramic sunroof, is good value.
Still, after only a month of running it, the big Ford SUV is already proving itself to be a functional, practical and comfortable addition to the fleet. In fact, I’m already dreading the idea of having to let it go. Who’d have thought it?
FORD EDGE 2.0 TDCI TITANIUM AWD AUTO
Price £34,495 Price as tested £39,215 Economy 37.0mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 30.11.16
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