Ford Edge Vig­nale 2.0 TDCI

Glitz leaves bad taste

Autocar - - THIS WEEK - MARK TIS­SHAW @mtis­shaw

The Edge Vig­nale is the Ford that’s priced well above £40,000 even be­fore you tick any of the op­tion boxes. A lot of money, yes, but it should hold plenty of ap­peal – in the­ory, at least. The mar­ket can’t get enough of SUVS, and SUV buy­ers more than most ap­pear to be will­ing to pay for top-spec mod­els and are fairly neu­tral when it comes to the badge on the bon­net – so long as the car is good enough.

As with all other Vig­nale mod­els, the Edge has been fit­ted with chrome trim big al­loys on the out­side and coated in leather on the inside, be­fore head­ing off to the technology depart­ment in or­der to heat, power, il­lu­mi­nate and au­to­mate any­thing that can be con­verted into a switch, screen or cam­era.

Lux­ury ad­di­tions aside, the Edge Vig­nale does what all other Edges do, which means it of­fers a com­fort­able and spa­cious cabin and a re­laxed drive while pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate enough per­for­mance. But as cred­itable as the Edge is on all of those fronts, re­mem­ber that it was never a class-lead­ing car be­fore its pre­mium trans­for­ma­tion.

The big leather seats are com­fort­able and the un­doubted high point inside, but all that plush leather is dot­ted around an ar­ray of switchgear and a fairly crude in­fo­tain­ment screen that you’d find in Mon­deos cost­ing half as much, and that di­lutes the pre­mium feel.

The per­for­mance of the 2.0-litre diesel en­gine is de­cent, though, with its de­liv­ery mak­ing for com­fort­able, re­laxed progress rather than any­thing brisk. It’s a nice com­pan­ion for the au­to­matic gear­box, too, which of­fers smooth and un­ob­tru­sive shifts. How­ever, the same can be said for lesser, cheaper Edges.

The Edge Vig­nale must al­ways be re­mem­bered in the con­text of how much it costs. At this price point, Ford is play­ing with the likes of well­specced Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sports and Audi Q5s – all cars that start their life as pre­mium mod­els, rather than be­gin­ning as some­thing more hum­ble and af­ford­able prior to the leather and baubles be­ing added.

If you’re re­ally sold on an Edge, pick one lower down the range and add some op­tions to it. If you’re look­ing to spend more than £40,000 on an SUV, shop else­where.

Leather trim abounds, but the con­trols have a sub-pre­mium feel

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