The Edge should fare rather better on residual value than you might expect of a big Ford against similar-priced premium opposition.

It’s not quite on a par with an Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC or Land Rover Discovery Sport, but it’s closer to those than it is to a Hyundai Santa Fe.

CAP expects our mid-range Ford Edge to be closer to a Discovery Sport than a Hyundai Santa Fe on residual value

A competitive list price and plenty of standard kit is the right place for it to start.

And so, while also being a larger and more commodious car than the medium-sized SUVs to which it’s most closely priced, it’s also fairly stacked with equipment.

You don’t routinely find 19in alloys, a powered tailgate, DAB, sat-nav, a reversing camera, an automatic gearbox, a laminated glasshouse and heated sports seats coming for free on sub-£35,000 SUVs, but they do here. Ford instinctively understands that safety sells big cars following its custodianship of Volvo, so the car’s active safety showing is also strong.

Edge owners get a pre-collision assist system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitors, cross-traffic alert (which warns you when reversing out of tight spaces and into the path of oncoming traffic) and an intelligent speed limiter.

The Mondeo’s inflatable seatbelts are on the options list and the car’s lane keeping system allows you to switch between vibrating alert and gentle self-steering modes – a choice of which we approve.

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