As I pen this report, Iím waving goodbye to my long-term Edge for a couple of weeks, as itís being pressed into service to compete in the annual Tow Car of the Year awards. You see my car is quite unusual in that it is fitted with an electrically operated tow bar, and so it will be pounding the tarmac with a mobile hotel attached to the rear. Itíll be interesting to see how it does with a caravan on the back, as Fordís Mondeo in all-wheel-drive guise was described as having ìlots of stability, even in crosswindsî by the Caravan Clubís testers last year, which bodes well for the Edge in this yearís competition, as it uses similar underpinnings and engines.
Itís certainly surefooted on the road, and thanks to the 207bhp twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre TDCi engine, thereís a decent amount of oomph, all in a very understated kind of way. Off the line, our Edge doesnít feel especially quick, but itís very deceptive and the speed builds in a very unassuming way. Soon youíre pushing the legal limit, but it doesnít actually feel as though youíre going very fast. Maybe itís the six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission that mixes up the perception, as at times it is very easy to catch it out. It can become dumbstruck exactly when you want it to be doing something, leaving you floundering. Itís also very easy to shift the lever into ëSportí mode rather than ëDriveí, and youíre left wondering why the transmission seems reticent to change up, and instead holding a lower gear.
In other news, itís taken on the role of a pick-up truck, too, as Diesel Car prepares to move into a new office. The Edge has been instrumental in transporting the old furniture to the local tip, and has swallowed up mountains of wood and other associated paraphernalia. With the back seats reclined and blankets and sheets covering every inch of the interior to avoid any damage, thereís a huge 1,847 litres of carrying capacity. Putting that into context, thereís very nearly two metres of length from the tailgate to the seat backs of the front chairs, as well as 1.1 metres at the narrowest point, between the wheel arches. Probably more important than the sheer carrying capacity is the height of the loadbay, and in this regard the Edge is good at a little under 80 centimetres from tarmac to tailgate. It makes the unloading process at the council tip much easier, as youíre not crouching down too far. It also helps if you can borrow a willing nephew to sprint up and down the steps to the skips. 10-year-old Harley did most of the heavy work, and enjoyed the thrill of throwing the wood over the side into the cavernous containers. And it all cost the princely sum of a fiver ñ please donít report me for child slavery!
Date arrived 28th November 2016
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (combined) 36.7mpg (on test)
Roomy boot that can swallow anything an office move can throw at it.
It’s too easy to shift the gear lever into ‘Sport’ mode when you really just want ‘Drive’.