With the use of a common platform across the Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy and Edge, with it brings a suite of technology that can be utilised across all of the products. One of these pieces of kit is an all-wheel-drive system, and Iíve been noticing a growing number of Ford products on the roads wearing a discreet ëAWDí badge at the bottom of the front doors. Iíve seen Mondeos, Kugas and other Edges with the chrome moniker, but for some reason my own car is missing the all-wheel-drive identifier. A quick check of the Edge customer brochure and the badges are present and correct there, so I can only conclude that thereís an extra pair of badges sitting in the Ford factory in Ontario, Canada, unloved and forlorn.
One optional piece of safety kit that came fitted to our car, is the two inflatable rear seat belts that are designed to reduce injuries to the young and elderly, and merges airbag technology with that of seatbelts. At a casual glance, it looks very much like a conventional three-point harness that is found in every new car, but closer examination reveals that it is a little bit different. Thereís a balloon-like airbag running the length of the belt that goes across your shoulder, which is inflated if the crash sensors detect an impact of at least 8mph. A combination of argon and helium gas is released, inflating the belt in under 40 milliseconds, and in turn spreading the force of the crash across five times the area that traditional seatbelts do, reducing pressure on the chest, and better controlling the movement of the head and neck, and therefore lessening the effect of potential whiplash injury. Its safety potential is hugely impressive and costs a very reasonable £175 ñ a small price to pay for extra peace of mind. But there is one small niggle, in that the enlarged buckle is quite tricky to slot in. It often takes a few attempts to get harnessed, and perhaps future incarnations may be designed to be more user friendly.
The styling of the Edge is one of the most ëin yer faceí of the current Ford range, with an enormous Ford badge that is close in size to a dinner plate. That coupled with an ëeat meí front grille, the design appears to be the template for an even bolder front end signature, if the latest Kuga and upcoming EcoSport are a sign of the times. But itís at the back that Iím most impressed with, particularly at night, when the rear lighting continues from each of the light clusters, right across the tailgate to be linked together at the Ford emblem. In the dark, it makes for a unique lighting signature, one that instantly stands out from other cars.
Date arrived: 28th November 2016
Fuel economy: 48.7mpg (combined) 36.3mpg (on test)
The rear light signature makes the Edge really stand out at night.
The inflatable rear seat belts are quite fiddly to click in.