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Lease a Ford Edge Diesel Estate 2.0 TDCi 210 Titanium [Lux Pack] 5dr Powershift

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 48.7
CO2 149 g/km
Fuel Type Diesel
0 to 62 mph 9.4 sec

The Ford Edge offers buyers of the brand's Kuga SUV a larger more luxurious option to move on to. But can it also interest buyers whose £30,000 budget might otherwise be directed towards more familiar models? Jonathan Crouch previews what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

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.

Background

Ford's record in bringing us large, luxurious SUVs isn't one of the very best. The brand's last effort in this regard was the forgettable Explorer, a heavy, inefficient lumbering 4x4 that was fine for Stateside buyers but rather inappropriate for European ones. At last though, the brand has tried again in this segment and this Edge mode looks a much more competitive proposition. It's built in Ontario, Canada but was designed from the outset to be a world car, rather than merely one to suit the Americas. Hence the efficient 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine fitted to all variants this side of the Atlantic. And cutting edge levels of technology. Here, we preview what's on offer.

Driving Experience

We've yet to drive an Edge but the prospects look promising. The car is offered here with a choice of 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission, or a 210PS bi-turbo 2.0litre TDCi diesel with a six-speed PowerShift automatic gearbox. The Edge offers fresh Ford technologies, includingaAdaptive 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 - 20 times quicker than it takes to blink - the system can send up to 100 per cent of engine torque to the front or rear wheels. Strong refinement is achieved with acoustic windscreen glass and all Edge models are also equipped with Ford's Active Noise Control technology that detects unwanted engine noise in the cabin and cancels it out with opposing sound waves fed through the integrated sound system.

Design and Build

The Edge model's exterior is sharply sculpted and athletic with strong 'shoulders' and a muscular, quite compact bonnet. To improve efficiency, unique air curtains are positioned on the lower part of the fascia to guide air from the front of the vehicle, out through the front wheel wells and down the vehicle side. The interior has been designed with pretty high-quality materials throughout, including soft-touch trims on the dashboard and centre console, high-gloss piano black surrounds on the switch bezels and a satin silver metal finish for the door handles, air vent bezels, glovebox trim and steering wheel detailing. The Edge is also offered with heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats from mid-range 'Titanium' trim.

Market and Model

All Edge models use a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel and feature All Wheel Drive. You'll pay from around £30,000 for the entry-level 'Zetec' 180PS version. You'll need a budget of around £35,000 if you want this engine in pokier 210PS guise. There are three trim levels, 'Zetec', 'Titanium'; and 'Sport' and on the 210PS version, you get a 6-speed Powershift auto gearbox. The Edge is well-equipped as standard, offering Active Noise Control, Pedestrian Detection, a Ford DAB Audio system with SYNC 2 connectivity, privacy glass and 19in alloy wheels. The car debuts a segment-firsta'Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection' system. This is a camera- and radar-based set-up that can operate at speeds from 5mph to 110mph to detect vehicles and people in the road ahead. The system can automatically apply the brakes if a potential collision is detected and the driver does not respond to warnings. Plus there's the option of aaFront Wide View Camera, which makes restricted visibility junctions or parking spaces easier to negotiate.

Cost of Usership

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 CO2asupported by Auto-Start-Stop technology. Early indications of residual values also look promising, with CAP's Gold Book expecting a 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi manual 'Zetec' variant to retain 56.6% of its new list price, after three years and 30,000 miles.

Summary

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. Though we'll need to reserve final judgement until we get behind the wheel, we can already recommend this car as a promising prospect.

CO2 (g/km)
149
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1997
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Gears
6 SPEED
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
EC Combined (mpg)
48.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
52.3
EC Urban (mpg)
44.1
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
210
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
TDCi 210
Coin Series
Titanium [Lux pack]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
30E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
85
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
76
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
67
NCAP Safety Assist %
89
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Service Interval Mileage
18000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
125000
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
9.4
Engine Power - BHP
210
Engine Power - KW
155
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
332
Engine Torque - MKG
46
Engine Torque - NM
450
Top Speed
131
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Yes
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style
LUSTER NICKLE
Wheel Type
19" ALLOY
No. of Seats
5
Cruise control + speed limiter
Solid paint
19" Luster Nickel alloy wheel

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Price
Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual Automatic
Fuel Type Petrol Diesel Diesel Petrol Diesel
Seats 7 5 7 7 5
Doors 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 172 g/km 115 g/km 130 g/km 170 g/km 100 g/km
MPG 37.7 64.2 57.7 37.7 74.3
BHP 165 150 110 165 131
0 to 62 9.9 sec 9.3 sec 14.2 sec 10.0 sec -

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