What is it?
Fancy living life on the edge? Well, Ford is hoping you will. No discredit to the great marque, but it’s an edgy decision choosing the new Edge over more premium SUV rivals such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Would you be willing to swap four sparkly silver rings or the blue and white roundel for Ford's blue oval on the front of your coveted new SUV?
What if it offered more space, more equipment and better refinement, all for a sensible price? Then would you take the plunge?
The new Edge does offer all those things and plenty more besides. Take, for example, the noise-cancelling software, which uses microphones dotted around the cabin to sample the engine’s thrum before producing opposing sound waves, played through the cabin’s speakers to make the engine sound smoother. And there’s the optional active steering, which uses an electric motor in the steering wheel hub to add or reduce the lock that you apply through the column. It makes the steering more direct at parking speeds but less twitchy on the motorway. Clever stuff indeed.
All versions get four-wheel drive and use a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is offered in two states of tune: 177bhp from a single-turbo unit coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, or a twin-turbo version with 207bhp and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The less powerful engine in entry-level Zetec trim costs £29,995. That’s about £4000 cheaper than a basic X3 but it comes with 19in alloys, a rear-view camera and a heated windscreen. You also get safety systems such as emergency city braking, lane assist and traffic sign recognition that are pricey options on its rivals.
Most customers are expected to go for Sport trim though, with the more powerful engine we’re testing here. At £36,750 it's pricier than the X3 or Q5, but you get that dual-clutch auto, front and rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate and sat-nav. Add in 20in alloys, heated seats and that fancy adaptive steering system, and you've got a compelling package.