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