Our wee jaunt to Scotland turned into a 2,000 mile road trip, and weíre pleased to say that we are all back in one piece, even if the front of the Edge is covered in bugs. Itíll take more than a hungry frog to remove all of those flies and mosquitos that have been spot-welded to the nose of our family Ford, and we may have to resort to getting the jet wash out of the garage, or just leave it to the guys at the hand car wash to work their magic and get it looking spic and span again.
Our epic road trip took us from our starting place in Essex up the East coast of England along the A1 (M), towards our first overnight stop at Bishop Auckland. The first 250-mile chunk of the journey was quite easy, with our Edge lapping up mile after mile of motorway. Large portions of the journey were completed with the cruise control on, DAB radio blaring and the occupants in maximum relaxation mode. We were just two-up, but had there been passengers in the rear, there would have been plenty of space to spread out. Yes, the Edge is huge, and itís a far cry from the cramped and cluttered surroundings in the back of the family Cortina that I remember when I was a young teenager. In the days before the M25, you needed to leave at the crack of dawn if you wanted to get through London before everyone else woke up, en route to our holiday venue on either the Devon or Cornwall coast.
Of course on this trip we were going in the opposite direction, and making use of some of the UKís best A-roads and motorways. From Bishop Auckland we headed north past Hadrianís Wall, skirted around Edinburgh, and set the Fordís navigation system for Inverness, which became our base for eight days to see all that Scotland had to offer. Isle of Skye, Cromarty, Loch Ness and Fort William are all programmed into the carís onboard mapping system as proof of our visit. We even managed to fit in a trip around one of the many Whisky distilleries ñ it would have been rude not to have. Our return trip found us navigating towards Penrith in Cumbria, where we stayed over for a couple of nights, before heading back down towards the bright lights of Essex.
The constant speed and more relaxed driving style saw the fuel consumption improve to a smidgeon over 42mpg over the course of our trip. And thatís pretty good for a hunk of a car that weighs the best part of two tonnes, comes with four-wheel-drive, an automatic gearbox, and has all the space that you need to relieve those Whisky distilleries of a sizeable chunk of their stock.
Date arrived 28th November 2016
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (combined) 42.1mpg (on test)
Electric adjustment to the seats means you can get a comfortable driving position for a long journey ahead.
The bluff front end is a bug magnet.