Before the arrival of our Ford Edge, I managed to get some idea of what living with the big SUV would be like by spending some time in the vehicle whose blueprint in part paved the way for its development: the second-generation S-Max.
Both use the same bi-turbo 2.0 TDCi engine and Powershift gearbox, so I was able to find out how the drivetrain would perform with a car weighing just over 1700kg before trying it in a near two-tonne car.
The engine and gearbox proved to be smooth and refined in the S-Max, with the Powershift’box happily shifting between ratios and keeping the revs down. There was also enough low-down torque to get the MPV moving swiftly no matter what the situation, and this performance seems to have transferred seamlessly across to the heavier Edge.
There are also inevitable similarities between the dashboards and controls of the MPV and SUV, but that has at least been handy for finding my way around the Sync infotainment system the Edge comes with.It’s a decent set-up but takes some getting used to if you want to be able to use it without taking your eyes off the road for too long.