The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Edging away from the rest

- ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE

Ford has completed its SUV line-up with a larger model, the Edge, a car that takes the brand back into the luxury part of this segment.

Canadian-built, it’s largely designed for the other side of the Atlantic, but the brand reckons it’s also been tuned for the needs of European buyers too.

The car is offered here with a choice of 180hp 2.0-litre diesel engine with sixspeed manual transmissi­on, or a 210hp bi-turbo 2.0 litre diesel with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The Edge offers fresh Ford technologi­es, including Adaptive Steering, which automatica­lly optimises the steering response according to vehicle speed, making it easy to manoeuvre at low speeds, while remaining precise and intuitive at higher speeds.

The Edge features Ford’s Intelligen­t All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology as standard, delivering a seamless transition between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive performanc­e to provide a more secure footing on the road, especially in slippery conditions. Measuring how the car’s wheels are gripping the road surface every 16 millisecon­ds the system can send up to 100% of engine torque to the front or rear wheels.

You’ll pay from around £30,000 for the entry-level ‘Zetec’ 180hp version.

Ford is confident that the Edge meets the class standard for efficiency. By only delivering torque where and when it is needed, the car’s Intelligen­t AWD set-up has minimal impact on fuel-efficiency and CO2emissio­ns compared with permanent four-wheel drive systems.

As a result, both 2.0 TDCI diesel powertrain­s aim to deliver 48.7mpg fuel efficiency and 149g/km CO2 .

Residual values look promising, with CAP expecting an entry level variant to retain 56.6% of its new list price, after three years and 30,000 miles.

One thing’s for certain: this is the most competitiv­e large SUV that the Blue Oval brand has yet brought us. It’s sharply styled, well-equipped and as capable off road as it needs to be.

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Picture: Newspress. The Ford Edge.

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