Ford Edge ST-Line

2.0 TDCI EcoBlue

Ford Edge, front static
Ford Edge, front action
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Ford Edge, full front static
Ford Edge, side static
Ford Edge, rear seat
Ford Edge, dashboard
Ford Edge, rear action
Ford Edge, boot

SOMETIMES a new car just clicks with you - nothing else will do, even if others struggle to see what puts it on your personal pole position.

Take the Ford Edge, the company's biggest and most expensive SUV and just back in a simplified model range with a modest facelift and packed with goodies.

And now, even more than ever, it's the car Andy wants to own. He doesn't want to bother with the opposition (Skoda Kodiaq, Peugeot 5008, Hyundai Santa Fe spring to mind), such is his regard for this Canadian-built bruiser.

The 2019 revamp of the Edge offering has dropped the lower priced versions in favour of a three-strong and highly specified range starting at £37,020 for Titanium trim and topping out at £46,035 with the Vignale.

Sitting between them is the ST-Line costing £43,035 before adding any options. Of which there aren't many - it comes dripping with the sort of kit that makes Andy purr with pleasure at the thought of ownership.

A powered tailgate, privacy glass, heated electric leather seats, reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, auto LED headlights, climate control and keyless entry are just the start.

Add, for the ST-Line, things like 20ins alloy wheels, LED headlights, B&O 1,000 watt and 12 speaker sound system, heated front and rear seats and sporty touches to the body front, rear and sides.

Pulling all this along is a 2.0 litre diesel engine, eight-speed auto gearbox and all-wheel drive transmission that produces enough performance to keep our Andy happy but not startle him when he gives the accelerator a firm push. So, more than adequate but not a reason for buying an Edge.

Interior space might be; there are only five seats (and no seven seat option) but they offer enough stretching room to keep driver and passengers happy on the longest journey - and a boot big enough for their luggage too.

They won't, however, enjoy maximum comfort in an ST-Line car, whose sports suspension and big alloy wheels mean it rides with a minor road firmness the cheaper Titanium version might mitigate with its softer springs and smaller wheels.

That comes with a less powerful version of the 2.0 litre diesel fitted to ST-Line and Vignale and might save a bit of fuel, although the 38.1mpg recorded on test in the higher powered Edge is unlikely to put off Andy or any other potential purchasers.

Andy and his travelling companions will reckon the interior looks just about classy enough to justify the price but reckon the dearest Vignale has to work hard to compete on perceived quality with some of the opposition.

But he's always going to return to what comes with the car. Added to the standard kit already mentioned are parking sensors and reversing camera, part leather seats, electric adjustment for driver and front seat passenger and an easily set sat nav.


Ford Edge ST-Line 2.0 TDCI EcoBlue

Price: £43,035

Mechanical: 235 bhp, 1,996cc, 4-cyl diesel engine driving all 4 wheels via 8-spd automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 134 mph

0-62mph:9.6 secs

Combined MPG: 41.5

Insurance Group: 31

C02 emissions: 176 g/km

Bik rating: 37%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles


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