A step up in class
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.