The 2019 Ford Edge has al­ready launched over­seas; NZ will see a full range of Endura in 2019.

New Zealand LCV - - TEST DRIVE -

five-seater (Ever­est re­mains the Ford sev­enseater), it’s a very com­fort­able five seats. Up front is the full ar­ray of mod-cons such as part leather, heated and cooled seats that are mounted quite high. There’s a re­verse cam­era and cross-traf­fic alert, plus ac­tive and pas­sive driv­ing aids like lane keep­ing, blind spot warn­ings, front and rear sen­sors and adap­tive cruise con­trol. The usu­als are there in a top-line model, like key­less en­try/ start, au­to­matic park­ing and au­ton­o­mous brak­ing, plus a hands-free power tail­gate with a pre­set height for low garages. Other touches are equally im­pres­sive, such as speed sign recog­ni­tion/dis­play, Blue­tooth mi­cro­phones above each front seat, and su­per deep cuphold­ers.

Tech wise, there’s SYNC3, Ford’s lat­est soft­ware sys­tem which in­ter­faces on the big eight-inch screen with Ap­ple Carplay/an­droid, plus for the first time it repli­cates Waze, the Google-owned user sub­mit­ted live traf­fic app. The only odd­i­ties are the Euro-spec left-side in­di­ca­tor stalk and the out­ward-sweep­ing wipers, which work fine, and a left-side bon­net re­lease. In the rear row are heated seats that lower elec­tri­cally, but man­u­ally raise, ISOFIX mount­ing points for kids seats, and in­flat­ing seat belts to dis­perse crash en­ergy across a wider area; 12v/220v sock­ets and lots of stor­age and hooks and cub­bies are also very handy.

Econ­omy wise, Ford claims a very im­pres­sive 5.9l/100km com­bined and 6.5l/100km around town; though we saw around 9.1l/100km of ur­ban work, af­ter con­vert­ing the km/l dash dis­play. Purely on the mo­tor­way, this dropped to sixes.

An­other anom­aly is the radar cruise con­trol which works great, but switches it­self off un­der 20km/h. This was a safety fea­ture of years ago, but proven un­nec­es­sary these days with good radar cruise sys­tems able to come to a stop, and restart. It’s a re­minder that this Endura ST is in­deed a gen­er­a­tion old, and with that comes mi­nor tech and fea­tures that have moved on in just a few short years. The 2018 Endura ST is a good ap­pe­tiser, but we’re look­ing for­ward to the main in 2019.

LED head and tail­lights give Endura ST a mod­ern, mus­cu­lar look.

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