A step up in class

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Kent Motors -

Ford’s Vig­nale name­plate is a lux­ury sub-brand, which Ford says is a re­sponse to cus­tomer feed­back. Loyal buy­ers of the Amer­i­can brand were buy­ing more and more top-spec Ti­ta­nium mod­els, leav­ing them noth­ing higher to up­grade to when trade-in time came around. In re­sponse, Ford’s Vig­nale trim acts as a range-top­ping trim – giv­ing cus­tomers ex­tra kit, im­proved ma­te­ri­als, chrome de­tail­ing, and ded­i­cated Vig­nale ben­e­fits.

On the out­side, the Edge Vig­nale gets a se­lec­tion of ex­clu­sive paint colours. Once painted, Ford lets its de­sign team loose with chrome de­tail­ing – there’s a mas­sive and im­pos­ing Vig­nale­spe­cific grille, glitzy chrome wheels and shiny roof rails. In­side, the Vig­nale gets quilted leather seats, while Ford’s cov­ered the plas­tic dash­board with swathes of leather. The car­pet’s thicker, and even the boot is coated in deep-pile shag. avail­able in two states of tune. The lesser model gets 178bhp and a six-speed man­ual gear­box, while the top brass can choose the 207bhp ver­sion mated to a six-speed auto. Ford has a strong track record for mak­ing cars that han­dle well, and the Edge is no ex­cep­tion. For such a big car it’s un­usu­ally good in the cor­ners. The steer­ing is ac­cu­rate, but feels overas­sisted – a nec­es­sary evil when try­ing to give such a big car light steer­ing.

There’s a sense that Ford’s ex­pended effort on up­grad­ing ma­te­ri­als that didn’t need up­grad­ing – like the door cards – and ig­nored ones that should have, such as the cen­tre con­sole. At least it’s spa­cious: four adults can sit com­fort­ably, and the vast boot has over 600 litres of space for your kit. It’s also eerily silent on the mo­tor­way.

Ford throws the book at Vig­nale mod­els as stan­dard, and you won’t be left want­ing for much. Dy­namic LED head­lights, quilted and heated leather seats, a hands-free elec­tric tail­gate and dig­i­tal gauge clus­ter all come as stan­dard. You also get Ford’s Sync3 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, with sat-nav, An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Carplay.

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