The eagle-eyed will have noticed a photo malfunction in my last report, with an errant shot taking the place of my Fordís bold grille. A glitch in the software used for printing the magazine resulted in the wrong picture being chosen for the box. Much scratching of heads eventually came up with the problem and weíre confident that it wonít happen again. So instead, at the bottom of the page, hereís the photo that you should have been looking at last month. The Edgeís front fascia is certainly bold, and a huge blue oval dominates the centre of it. The trapezoidal grille looks angry and big enough to eat passers-by, or at least the odd small child. It certainly gets the Edge noticed, and youíll find that the latest Kuga and the upcoming EcoSport update adopt a similarly bold nose treatment, albeit toned down, to a degree.
My car is what is known affectionately in motoring writer circles as a Bob Wright special, named after the popular press fleet manager that retired from Ford at the end of last year. He is known for adding a long list of optional extras to the press cars, so that the full repertoire of features can be evaluated by motoring scribes. The options fitted to my Edge amount to a whacking £5,900, and Iím not convinced I would have chosen all of them, had I been digging deep into my own pockets for the cash. Whether that will change over the coming months as I get used to the features, only time will tell.
This month Iíve been a typical four-wheel-drive owner, in that I havenít ventured anywhere even close to off-road. I may have bumped up a pavement, however, does that count? Far from being a permanent full-time four-wheel-drive system, the Edgeís setup automatically senses whether all-wheel traction is required using 25 sensors around the car. It can move 100 per cent of the power front to back, or from side to side, all in as little as 16 milliseconds. A display in the centre of the instrument cluster tells you where the power is going, giving advance warning of any difficult conditions. Itís fascinating watching the display change, almost always without any change to the way the car is feeling through the pedals. But most usefully, when four-wheel-drive isnít necessary, the Edge behaves and operates like a traditional two-wheel-drive vehicle, with all the cost saving and fuel efficiency benefits that it brings.
When I first encountered my Edge, I had forgotten that I had plumped for the leather upholstery in what Ford calls ceramic. Really itís a cream colour, and normally I would always go for black or dark grey. But the combination is really growing on me and I think the contrast between the Ruby Red paintwork and the ceramic-coloured upholstery is a striking one. Iím really glad that I chose that decor now, as it lifts the cabin cheeriness enormously.
Date arrived: 28th November 2016
Fuel Economy: 48.7mpg (combined) 35.9mpg (on test)
To the left of the steering wheel, there’s a handy drawer where you can store coins.
I had hoped my car would come with SYNC 3, but it was too early in the build schedule.