By Asian Journal Auto Editor
For 2019 there is a real focus on technology and safety in the Ford line, and the mid-sized Edge CUV range is no exception. Handsome, stylish, and superbly made, the Edge comes with Fords Co-Pilot360 Protect suite technology, now available as standard on all trims. The safety suite includes lane keep assist with active steering, blind spot system, auto emergency braking with pre-collision braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, backup camera with lens cleaner and auto high-beam assist. Fords mid-size Edge crossover is available with four models in the lineup: SE: $34,349, SEL: $36,349 Titanium AWD: $41749, ST AWD: $47,449. A 2.0L EcoBoost turbo four cylinder engine is standard, across the Edge range, apart from the ST performance model that has a more powerful 2.7 liter V6 engine. There is also a new eight speed automatic transmission.
Additional available features include evasive steer voice-activated navigation, and adaptive cruise control with lane centering. That all comes as part of an $850 Co-Pilot360 Assist+ package on SEL, Titanium and ST models. It is not fully autonomous technology by any means, you can’t drive with no hands on the wheel, as there are driver alerts and the Edge will automatically stop. There is, however, a very good version of the lane-keep assist system in the safety suite with an “alert” mode – whereby your steering wheel vibrates if it detects any deviance from your lane. Technology wise, Ford has you covered. Ford’s new Ford+Alexa app lets you control your Ford with Alexa. The Alexa unit can open your garage door, start your Edge for you. Calculate how much range you have left, and lock or unlock with voice command! In addition there is full Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are capability, Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging pad. Rear-seat occupants get an 115V household power outlet and 12V outlet.
The Edge Titanium as tested is the comfortable, well-featured top of the line family CUV- it is differentiated by: 19 inch nickel finished alloy wheels, LED Fog Lamps, Bi-LED Headlamps, Body-Colour Exterior Mirror Caps, Silver Roof Rack Side Rails, •Body-Colour Door Handles with Bright Inserts, Body-Colour Rear Spoiler, Bright Beltline Moulding and •Bright Grille, LED Daytime Running Lights and Dual Bright Exhaust Tips.
Interior wise, the Titanium offers a roomy, well finished interior with excellent occupant space front and rear. There are full power leather seats. Unique aluminum instrument panel appliqué, Four 12-Volt Power points, and Ambient Lighting are features in the Titanium, along with BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Power Liftgate, Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start, Lane-Keeping System, Rotary Gear Shift Knob, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Cruise, Secondary Audio and 5-Way Controls, SYNC® 390 Two Driver-configurable 4.2-inch LCD Displays in Cluster. Options include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Auto-Dimming Driver’s Exterior Mirror, Enhanced Active Park Assist with Side Parking Sensors. Our Edge arrived fully optioned with Panoramic sunroof, cold weather package, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rear entertainment package and the class 11 trailer tow package. Total options came in at $8,250 boosting the tester price up from $43,399 to $53,430 with destination and delivery charges.
At 1,110 L behind the rear seats, cargo volume is generous, and the opening to the tailgate is easy and wide. Well thought out buttons remotely lower the second-row seats from just inside the liftgate, and using them opens the cargo volume to 2,079 L. The Edge is supremely comfortable for all occupants.
On the road, the Edge offers excellent acceleration. The 2.0L Ecoboost engine has plenty of grunt and is very responsive, the Titanium puts out 250 hp at 5,000 rpm and 280 lb-ft from 3,000. The eight-speed transmission is smooth and unobtrusive on road with a decent ride, and more feel, slightly at the expense of some harshness on less perfect roads. The Edge provides a comfortable, smooth ride for occupants. Ford has done a noticeable job of improving wind and road noise from inside the cabin. Fuel economy figures for 2019 Edge are 11.4/8.30 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L Standard with AWD and the 2.0L four-cylinder EcoBoost. To sum up, the Edge is a great daily ride. It offers a versatile layout for families, is comfortable, and well featured. Highly recommended.
2019 Ford Edge priced from $34,349 -$47,449. As tested- Ford Edge Titanium AWD: $53,439. More info at www.ford.com