With the barbecue season in full swing, Iíve caught up with friends that Iíve lost track of during the winter months. Itís been a month of compliments for the Edge, with a couple of mates really impressed by the styling of Fordís largest European SUV. Neither of them are particular car nuts, but each of them took a lasting interest in the big Ford. The first already has a Kuga ñ heís on his third company supplied example ñ and is looking to change early next year. Even though a car is simply a family appliance to him, he has become bored with his current car and wants to try something different. He admitted that his head had been turned by the latest Peugeot 3008 in television adverts and he quite liked the look of the Nissan Qashqai, even though he couldnít actually pronounce it. But both cars have been trumped by the Edge, especially as thereís a Ford dealer he is happy with less than a mile from his office. But what was it about the Edge that caught his eye? The huge front grille makes a statement, and he liked the fact that the design is unlike any other car he has seen. He thought it was quite American in its styling, which was an interesting observation considering it was designed in the USA and is built in Canada. But it was the night time appearance of the rear lights that really sold it to him. He was fired up enough to check out whether the Edge is currently on the company car list at work, and was disappointed to find out that it wasnít, and may mean that he will opt out of the company car scheme and take the cash option when his car is up for renewal.
The other friend is currently an XC60 driver and has been a Volvo owner for as long as I can remember. But with Volvoís push upmarket, he reckons that he can no longer afford to buy the car he really wants from the Swedish firm, and so is having to look elsewhere. I sense that he would rather not, but when the cheapest XC60 costs more than £37k and the price of Fordís Edge starts at a little over £32,000, I can see where he is coming from. I pointed out that the kit list on the Volvo is likely to be more extensive, with leather upholstery and a navigation system fitted as standard, but that was dismissed quite quickly when he said that he prefers cloth seats, as they arenít too hot to sit on in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. He also added that he rarely goes anywhere that he doesnít know, and his iPhone is all the navigation he needs. I couldnít argue with him. And to cap it all, he reckons that the Blue Oval-badged product is roomier inside, too, borne out by the fact that his XC60 is just over 16 centimetres shorter.
Itíll be interesting to see what cars the pair are driving when I catch up with them at the next barbecue.
Date arrived 28th November 2016
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (combined) 41.5mpg (on test)
A space saver spare wheel is included on all Edge models as standard.
It’s easy to catch your clothes on a protruding piece of plastic by the driver’s door seal.