Ford Edge review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Four-wheel drive hampers outright efficiency, so we'd pick the less powerful front-wheel-drive diesel
Ford will tell you that the Edge aims to appeal to a more affluent customer than something like a Renault Kadjar, and the price mirrors that ambition. It starts from around £37,000 for the less powerful diesel in Titanium trim (it's not available with any other trim level), while the ST-Line and Vignale are around £43,000 and £46,000 respectively.
However, those list prices also mean that the ST-Line and Vignale versions of the Edge are hit by the Government's £310 road tax levy for the first five years of ownership, so these two cost £450 a year compared to £140 road tax for the Titanium model.
And that's not the end of the high running costs. While Ford offered a six-speed manual in the past, the whole range now gets a conventional torque convertor six-speed automatic. The front-wheel drive, 148bhp EcoBlue model has claimed WLTP fuel economy of 42.4mpg on 19-inch wheels (adding 20-inch wheels reduces this further), while the 235bhp has claimed economy of 41.5mpg on 20-inch wheels. The WLTP test structure is designed to simulate a more realistic driving experience, so you might get closer to these figures than you would with the better quoted figures when the Edge first arrived in the UK. At least the 66-litre fuel tank means you can travel a fair distance between fills, though.
In line with these fuel figures, the Edge’s emissions are 153g/km for the 150PS engine, and 176g/km for the 238PS engine. The best figures are for the front-wheel-drive model, but the auto box still makes its presence felt, so the Edge has relatively ordinary figures when compared to low-emitting models such as the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq.
The cheapest Edge sits in insurance group 26, while the top models are in groups 34 and 37. That’s a reasonable rating, which is only slightly more than mainstream SUVs like the Honda CR-V, and on a par with most premium rivals like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC.
Traditionally, larger, more expensive SUVs with mainstream badges struggle to hold onto their value in the used market, but the Ford Edge isn't too bad. It ranges from 43-47 per cent after 3 years/36,000 miles.
In this review
- 1Ford Edge reviewThe Ford Edge has plenty of space and technology, but it's only a five-seater
- 2Engines, performance and driveDiesel engines are smooth and refined but not fast, while handling errs on the side of comfort
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingFour-wheel drive hampers outright efficiency, so we'd pick the less powerful front-wheel-drive diesel
- 4Interior, design and technologyDash design is shared with other Ford models, but the Edge is comfortable, there's plenty of kit and decent levels of safety tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceAlthough it's five-seat only, the big Edge offers plenty of space for five and one of the biggest boots in its class
- 6Reliability and SafetyFord scores poorly in Driver Power survey, but plenty of safety kit will appeal to family buyers