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you want a Ford Edge st: What a good choice! now that Ford’s st performance division has no cars to fettle — the company, of course, famously deciding to abandon the sedan market in favour of trucks and suvs — they had to put the st badge somewhere. That somewhere turns out to be the midsize Edge crossover and the result is an amalgam of utility, performance and sophistication seemingly beyond the Ford nameplate.
officially, the st is a replacement for the previous Edge sport, the linkage obvious since both are powered by Ford’s Ecoboosted 2.7-litre twinturbo V6, the same engine that garners so much praise in the (much heavier) F-150 pick-me-up. reviews of the new st have so far focused on the V6’s gain of 20 horsepower (now totally an entirely credible 335-hp) and 30 pound-feet (the new topof-the-line Edge now with 380 total torques) as proof of the Ford’s performance creds.
and indeed, a sub-sixsecond zero to 100 kilometres an hour acceleration time from a semicost-conscious midsize ute is to be celebrated, but it’s the creamy smoothness of the power delivery that truly impresses. This is probably the lowest nvh (noise, vibration and harshness) ever achieved by any Ford suv, regardless of size, price and engine configuration, and, at the very least, equal to the various German — BMW, audi et al. — that compete around this price point and size. Every time i drove the st, i was quite literally blown away with the powertrain — which includes a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission — that seems almost a perfect match for the performance sub-segment of this class. We’re talking Porsche Macan lite here.
if the handling doesn’t quite match the urge, it’s not for lack of trying; the Edge is a crossover, after all. nonetheless, thanks to stiffer springs and antisway bars, fairly ginormous, low-profile 20-inch tires and a rejigged steering calibration, the st acquits itself quite well in the Bayview exit off-ramp boogie. Body roll is minimal, grip semi-prodigious and the balance between front and rear quite nice indeed. The steering does let down the plot somewhat, offering more feedback than a garden variety Edge, but not as much as those Europeans i was comparing the st to a few lines ago. Those looking to accuse me of exaggeration for comparing the Edge to a Porsche will find some veracity in its feedback to the driver. nonetheless, the chassis is still a job well done for the st division, especially since the ride hasn’t been much compromised. indeed, the firmer damping seems to quell some of the undulating i remember from the previous Edge i drove, so consider that another bonus.
inside, the st is mostly stock Edge — albeit fully loaded with maximum infotainment and digital driver’s aids systems — with the exception of fully bolstered sport seats. as well as helping to contain your buttocks in the aforementioned off-ramp grand prix, i also found them more comfortable, so another bonus. it’s also worth noting that Ford’s sync system, once the poster child for how not to digitize a car’s man/ machine interface, is now one of infotainment’s leading lights. Consumer criticism being the motivation, necessity really was the mother of sync’s (re)invention.
The Edge st, as i think you’ve gathered by now, impressed the heck out of me. it is, by quite some margin, the best Ford i have driven. indeed, i may still not agree with the company’s decision to drop passenger cars, but if this is the result of the company’s newfound focus on suvs, then perhaps there is something to cheer about. indeed, the only negative of the st’s performance is it now forces the question as to why Ford can’t make all its products this good.
you’re bound and determined to drive German: Well, it’s hard to go wrong with audi’s sq5. Fine handling with superior steering feel to the st, it’s also more comely, the Edge’s remaining fault is that it looks like a bit of a parvenu to this elevated comparison.
That said, its 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 doesn’t feel quite as sweet as Ford’s 2.7l version. it does boast a bit more horsepower at 354 hp, but a few less pound-feet of torque. Perhaps the Ecoboost’s truck roots are paying dividends in the grunt department. overall — and yes, i expect all manner of grief for this evaluation — i find Ford’s take on the turbocharged V6 superior to audi’s. i’m as surprised as you are.
Ford Edge ST