Ford Edge ST-Line gets top marks

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Ford Edge ST-Line gets top marks

The Ford Edge is a large luxury SUV to compete with the likes of the new Volvo

XC90 or new Jaguar F-Pace for example.

The new Ford Edge is powered by a choice of two 2.0 TDCi diesels, a 180 PS and a 210 PS with manual or 6-speed powershift auto gearbox.

My test car this week is the top of the range ST-Line powered by the 2.0 TDCI 210 bhp diesel unit mated to the 6-speed auto gearbox.

The new Ford Edge boasts some excellent new technologies such as Active Noise Control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Ford Active steering.

The All Wheel Drive Ford Edge features “intelligent” 4-wheel drive which quite simply activates automatically when slippy conditions are sensed, requiring no input from the driver.

So has it got street cred?

Big! Stylish, trendy and contemporary looking best describes the Edge. It really looks very well indeed and is more distinctive than many of its rivals. Its imposing without being brash. I really like its style!

So what’s it like inside?

The cabin is equally impressive with clear logically laid out.

The high driving position gives an excellent view of the road ahead while the level of standard equipment is very good. As well as the usual electrics we have come to expect the new Edge features ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, Ford Navigation with 8’ touchscreen, rear view camera, lane keeping aid, hands free power tailgate, Thatcham alarm, Cruise Control, keyless start via the Ford “power” button, a very good CD with MP3 /Aux input for your iPod, alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheel. The ST-Line version I tested adds 20” Black alloy wheels, body style kit, Sports Suspension, Handsfree power tailgate, Sony Sound system, Rear view camera, and more.

Performance

In the model tested power comes from a 2.0 TDCi 210 PS turbo diesel which is mated to a slick 6-speed auto gearbox. Emissions are just 152g/KM so it falls into tax band C at €390.00 per year. Overall I found it performed very well indeed while also proving frugal. It accelerates very smoothly and has plenty of mid-range torque. Over some 600 km of road testing it burned on average 6.8 litres of diesel per 100km which is about average for the class. This 2.0 TDCi proves quiet and refined whether around town or out on the motorway.

Will I enjoy driving it?

The Edge is nicely set up with a decent level of ride comfort and solid safe handling.

There is a little bodyroll in tighter corners but not unduly so. Noise levels are commendably low and the car generally feels pretty refined.

The AWD system kicks in virtually unnoticed when for example pulling away on a gravel surface. I did not get to go off-road but my guess is that it is very capable of moderate use in the mucky stuff.

So what’s the verdict?

The new Ford Edge St-Line is a big stylish SUV with real street presence. It looks very well. Inside it cossets driver and passengers with the latest in automotive goodies as well as feeling high class with lovely build quality and full leather throughout.

That 2.0 TDCi powerplant is excellent too so it really seems to have a lot going for it, except for maybe one thing. This ST-Line version costs €59,490. Prices start at €55,075 and when you consider the new Jaguar F-Pace starts at just €44,100 that poses a problem for this new Ford because like it or not at this price point badge status counts! If you don’t care about that however the new Edge is mighty good!