The edge of glory?
When I first heard that a company was introducing a new executive style four-by-four to take on the likes of the Range Rover Evoque I was intrigued. When I heard that the manufacturer was Ford I’ll be honest, I was sceptical.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Ford cars – I’ve owned a few and I think the new Mondeo is a beautiful looking car (my wife thinks otherwise, but I’m sticking to my guns on that one). But Ford are not known for their luxury range. Or at least not first and foremost, whereas Range Rover is synonymous with both luxury, and off-road capability.
I tested the Evoque in 2015 and if my memory serves me correctly I liked it, with the exception of the Sat Nav, which was appalling, and the boot space which was cramped. So if Ford are saying they’ve built something capable of taking it on then, while I could see the potential, I wasn’t really expecting it to achieve it.
I was wrong… very wrong.
The Edge is a fantastic car. Really nice. Okay, the colour of mine was ‘Electric Spice’ which roughly translates as an incredibly brash metallic orange, but in time it grew on me. Largely because driving the car itself was such a pleasant experience.
It drove really well, handled itself competently and was more comfortable than the Evoque, with more equipment and a more ‘quality’ feel to the materials. The Evoque felt rugged, reminiscent of all the previous models that had come before it, whereas the Edge was built from scratch on a blank canvas. And of course, let’s not forget that Ford do know a thing or two about offroading – in the States, the Ford F150 pickups are notoriously robust and capable.
The equipment on the Edge was astonishingly expansive, with pretty much every gadget you could desire, and while the Evoque was similarly equipped, the Edge just had that feel, that d=something extra, that… well, that Edge!
It was also big. While easy to drive and manoeuvre, it was incredibly spacious inside, with a boot that went on and on and on. I was preparing to move house and we had amassed a vast collection of old books that we were culling, and I fitted 25 full bags of books in the boot and there was still space to play with.
I think if there was one thing I would have changed (other than the colour) it would be the engine. It was great, and coupled with a very effective gearbox, but it could probably have used just a little more grunt. Perhaps a V6 diesel would do the job better, or maybe just a little more cylinder capacity – up it to a 2.5TDCI for example and I think this car would be competing, not against the Evoque, but a full Range Rover.
It’s got the Evoque beaten hands down, no contest. And is also around £8,000 less for a similar spec – but you get more for less money – it feels more, the quality is more, the space is more. I was really impressed.
Just don’t buy it in Electric Spice.