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Premium makeover for Ford's large SUV fails to turn the Edge into a premium car

Our Verdict

Ford Edge

Ford tops its range line-up with an Americanised, big Ford for the 21st century. But can it make a large enough impact to upset its premium rivals?

Mark Tisshaw
31 August 2017

What is it?

This is the Ford that is priced well into the £40,000s even before you tick any of the option boxes: the Ford Edge Vignale. That sticks it right at the very top of the Ford range in price and prestige terms, with the likes of the S-Max Vignale, Mustang V8, Focus RS and any Galaxy Titanium X all well behind it.  

In theory, the Edge Vignale should hold plenty of appeal in Europe. The market can’t get enough of SUVs and many car makers report that SUV buyers, more than most, are willing to pay for top-spec models. Indeed, SUV buyers have proven themselves to be fairly neutral to badges as well – so long as the car is good enough.

The Edge Vignale, as with all other Ford Vignales, has been dipped in Ford’s chrome trim and big alloy machine on the outside, moved to the leather factory for the inside, before heading off to the technology department to heat, power, light and add vision to anything that can automate or turned into a switch or camera. All with a view of making it ‘premium’, which also extends to the buying and ownership experience.

You can have the 2.0-litre diesel engine in the Edge Vignale with either 178bhp or 207bhp, the latter of which we’re testing here. All-wheel drive is standard in both versions and they have a six-speed dual-clutch Powershift automatic gearbox.

What's it like?

The Edge Vignale does what all other Edges do: it offers a comfortable, spacious cabin and a relaxed drive, and provides an adequate performance, but now with a few more toys thrown in. Remember, though, creditable as the Edge is on those fronts, it is not a class-leading car before its premium transformation.

So, at this price, the Edge’s have-nots now show up even more against its haves, particularly inside, where a premium car really sells itself. The big leather seats are comfortable and the undoubted high point, but all that plush leather is dotted around a load of switchgear and a fairly crude infotainment screen you’d find in Mondeos costing half as much, diluting that premium feel.

Space is of course a premium feature, and the Edge Vignale does deliver on this front. The boot is a vast, usable space, with a wide opening, and the 60/40 split rear seats fold flat to create your very own posh van. But, then again, so do other Edges - just without the plusher carpet to line the boot floor.

The performance of the engine is decent, its delivery making for comfortable, relaxed progress rather than anything brisk. That makes it a nice companion for the automatic gearbox, which offers smooth and unobtrusive shifts. Although, again, the same can be said for lesser Edges.

The ride is not vintage Ford. Fords tend to ride in an intuitive way, with fine chassis engineering belying the often humble underpinnings, yet the optional 20in alloys (in chrome, of course) contribute to a brittleness over potholes and scars in the road - a problem that worsens the lower the speed. 

Should I buy one?

The Edge Vignale must always be remembered in the context of its price. For Ford is playing at this level with the likes of well-specced Land Rover Discovery Sports, Audi Q5s, BMW X3s and Volvo XC60s - all cars that start their lives as premium models and scale up from there, rather than being something more humble and affordable to begin with before the leather is added.

Having now tried it in the UK, our advice on the Edge Vignale is the same as it was when we first sampled it in Austria a few months ago: if you’re really sold on an Edge, pick yourself one lower down the range and tick some option boxes to get much of the same package for a lot less money. But if you’re looking to spend more than £40,000 on an SUV, you need to look elsewhere.

Ford Edge Vignale 2.0 TDCi AWD Powershift

Where Bristol; On sale Now; Price ££41,795; Engine 4cyls, 1997cc, diesel; Power 207bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 332lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 6-spd twin-clutch automatic; Kerbweight 1949kg; Top speed 131mph; 0-62mph 9.4sec; Fuel economy 48.7mpg; CO2 rating/tax band 149g/km/31%; Rivals Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 HSE Auto, Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro S line

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31 August 2017

However the crushing depreciation might be an issue for sales.

Spanner

31 August 2017

It's slow to acceleratie, heavy, drinks diesel, costs £42,000 and will depreiciate quicker than it takes the company accountant to say NO

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

31 August 2017

... to be happy to pay £42k for one of these.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

31 August 2017

Surely a joke?

31 August 2017

Surely Ford are having a laugh with us aren't they?,the Edge hasn't exactly set the market on fire has it,now  Ford gives the Vignale treatment. The result looks to be more pimped than premium and the company charging £40k as a starting point is to put it mildly ambitious, to 99% of the population Vignale means little , , much the same as in the seventies when the Ghia moniker was applied to the Grenada. 

31 August 2017

Anything much over £40k carries the extra road tax, so it seems this is set st just the wrong level. It should also have a petrol option, preferably the V6 the US gets, and a manual box would add to the appeal to. The 'ugly kids' dark glass should  be dropped too. In fact there are so many reasons not to want one of these

31 August 2017

needs to be heavily subsidized to make it on the pcp lists etc as the depreciation will be humongous agreat buy though after three years.

31 August 2017

Shows perception really doesn't it... The Edge is a large car and is nice inside and out. It will be better engineered and runs a more sophisticated chassis than a Kodiaq or Tiguan of which options ticked on either of these could nearly knock the door of £40k - these cars both running the same chassis and running gear as a basic 1.0 Golf or Octavia.

As always though, it can't be good because it's a Ford touching £40k - has anyone here sat in the rear of a Tiguan?? Nastiness plastics possible covering the rear doors.... 

3 September 2017
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

Shows perception really doesn't it... The Edge is a large car and is nice inside and out. It will be better engineered and runs a more sophisticated chassis than a Kodiaq or Tiguan of which options ticked on either of these could nearly knock the door of £40k - these cars both running the same chassis and running gear as a basic 1.0 Golf or Octavia.

As always though, it can't be good because it's a Ford touching £40k - has anyone here sat in the rear of a Tiguan?? Nastiness plastics possible covering the rear doors.... 

Nowt to do with perception, the VAG products you mention are clearly the better cars end of.  To even suggest the Ford runs a better chassis?  Platform than the other two shows you up for what you are.

That fact that Ford struggle to sell vehicles, particularly in the UK with list prices at this level shows just how badly the company is managed and how much they lack in understanding of marketing and branding.

31 August 2017

Looks so generic...  and the name Vignale.. so wrong...

Applyingname  to the Mondeo was an even worse idea....

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