There’s been a flurry of new entrants into the large SUV sector, with Skodaís Kodiaq one of the most high-profile additions. Thereís also the Renault Koleos, the revised Nissan X-Trail and the second-generation Volvo XC60, and at the sportier, premium end of the market, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. And next year, SEAT will be seeking to muscle in, too, with a name that has yet to be decided. And then thereís the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, too. Many of these cars are available with the option of seven-seats, and thatís something that is missing from the Ford Edge. Itís certainly large enough to be able to accommodate another row of seats, and so itís a shame that the companyís product planners didnít think it necessary to include them. Maybe they thought that the firmís existing S-MAX and Galaxy offerings were enough, however, with interest in proper MPVs waning and the appetite for SUVs continuing to gallop away, I think Ford is probably missing a trick here. Maybe itíll be something thatíll be engineered into the next-generation car, or perhaps at facelift time, which canít be more than a year away, certainly in the US market that got the car first.
A lot of foreign travel to events has meant that my Edge hasnít been driven as much as usual, but after a long day and a wearing flight, itís so nice to get back into the comfort of the driverís seat. I donít have to think about where the controls are, and even the hidden start button ñ behind the steering wheel ñ doesnít seem to grate as much as it once did. I still find myself selecting ëSportí rather than ëDí on the automatic transmission and wonder why the gearbox isnít changing up. But with a quick flick of the wrist thatís sorted, and the Edge settles down into a comfortable gallop home. Titanium versions feature 19-inch alloy wheels and this seems like a good compromise between dynamism and comfort, and is one of the reasons why I chose this model in preference to the Sport (now called ST-Line) or the flagship Vignale. Having briefly sampled an Edge Vignale earlier this month, I reckon I made the right decision.
These days Iím finding so many cars that have unacceptable levels of road noise entering the cabin, but thatís something that I canít say about the Edge. The interior is an oasis of calm and thatís thanks to noise cancelling technology that is employed in this car, along with specially engineered acoustic glass and a suspension system that is tuned to dial out sounds from the road. Three microphones are dotted around the cabin and are designed to detect background noise and cancel it out by offset sound waves played through the carís speakers. What results is an ambience that allows you to speak quite comfortably to both front and rear seat passengers without external noises drowning you out.
Date arrived 28th November 2016
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (combined) 42.1mpg (on test)
The 19-inch wheels deliver a comfortable ride.
It’s a shame that there aren’t seven seats for even occasional use.