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The Top Gear car review:Ford Edge
For:Massive inside, plenty of tech, comfy, quiet and refined
Against:Massive outside, posh ones are pricey. Doesn't handle like a Ford should and base diesel is too slow
What is it?
It’s the new Ford Edge. Except it’s not that new. It’s been on sale in America for a little while. Now, like the Mustang, it’s been Europeanised and welcomed into Ford’s line-up over here. It’s Ford’s go at a ‘premium’ crossover to rival the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, based on the same platform as the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy.
And it’s a biggie: sitting above the Kuga, it measures 4.8 metres in length, 1.9 metres in width and weighs a shade under two tonnes. Starting at £29,995, it essentially offers BMW X5 size for X3 money.
People are buying more and more cars like this – posh SUVs – so the Edge is actually a pretty big deal for FoMoCo. Ford says that, in 2015, the SUV segment was the best-selling in Europe for the first time, with a 24 per cent increase in sales year-on-year. Registrations of vehicles in the Edge’s class supposedly grew 42 per cent year-on-year (from 2015 to 2016) too. A substantial pie from which Ford wants a double-helping, then.