After a two-week holiday for my Edge, while it competed against a long list of rivals in the annual Tow Car of the Year awards, thereís still no word on how it performed. Did it show a clean pair of heels to its opposition, grabbing a gold medal in the process, or was it eclipsed by other heavyweights in the highly competitive annual competition? No matter how it did, we are still very proud of it, and will be putting its tow hitch through its paces with our very own caravan in just a few weeks. Before that, weíve got a holiday to Scotland to enjoy, which will test the Edgeís comfort levels to the max. The 1,000-mile plus expedition will be phased over a couple of weeks, and rather than hooking up the caravan to the back of the car and seeking out campsites, weíre taking advantage of Lenny Henryís hospitality at one of his £29 a night hostelries, which are cracking value for money, if you book far enough ahead.
While the Edge was away, it was replaced by a Shadow Black, mean looking Focus ST-3 2.0-litre TDCi with PowerShift gearbox, and you can read more about that car in next monthís performance and sports car special issue. Going down a few sizes meant that we really appreciated the additional space of the Edge, including the more upright driving position, even though at times it can feel too bulky. With car park spaces getting narrower, itís often difficult to find a spot that is sufficiently sized to accommodate our Canadian-built SUV. Itís wider than the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy that it shares a platform with, and fills any parking space amply. In fact, it dwarfs any current Mercedes-Benz on sale, except the V-Class MPV, itís wider than the upcoming Range Rover Velar and is only beaten by mighty vehicles like the Audi Q7, full-size Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Sport.
One thing that has impressed is how the flexibility of the engine has improved since coming back. There were times in the past that power delivery was a little on the hesitant side, but it now pulls cleanly away from junctions. No doubt the punishing work hauling caravans around the test routes gave the 207bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine a good workout and that has translated into better on-road responsiveness. It doesnít always pay to treat a car with kid gloves, and a decent workout is what is needed to get the engine bedded in nicely. Iím not advocating thrashing the powerplant here, more like giving it a decent cross country gallop allowing the car to metaphorically stretch its legs.
Date arrived 28th November 2016
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (combined) 38.2mpg (on test)
Engine feels stronger and more energetic than before
It’s a really wide car at 2,184mm. With parking spaces shrinking, it can be tough to find a spot big enough.