89: Ford Edge – US import feels out of its depth here

Top 100 cars for 2019: The biggest hurdle the Edge has to overcome is its price tag

Ford’s Edge is really enjoyable to drive, much more so than any of the premium-badge SUVs that are around

Ford’s Edge is really enjoyable to drive, much more so than any of the premium-badge SUVs that are around

 

Ford’s flagship right now feels a bit out of place. Perhaps that’s not surprising as it’s basically a car designed for the US market, and imported over here with right hand drive. Now, that works well for the likes of the Mustang but it’s less successful for the Edge, which rocks up here with a too-high price tag, lacking a seven-seat option, and with a cabin that’s way too cheap-looking and cheap-feeling for the price Ford asks for it.

Now, there are some extenuating circumstances. For a kick-off, the Edge is really enjoyable to drive, much more so than any of the premium-badge SUVs that are around. Secondly, it’s not half a handsome bugger, especially in ST-Line trim when it gains a mildly chunky bodykit.

It’s also very roomy inside both the cabin and the boot, and while the 2.0-litre TDCI diesel engine lineup isn’t the most powerful, the 180hp and 210hp versions have sufficient poke to keep everything rolling. The thing is, the Edge is actually a hugely likeable car, but when it costs this much, and is up against cars such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, it’s just out of its depth.

Best model: Edge 210hp ST-Line for €55.075

Price range: €47,995 to €60,495. Finance from €404 per month.

Co2 emissions: 149 to 152g/km

Sum up: If it were €10,000 cheaper we’d love it.