The second generation of Edge, Ford’s smooth crossover SUV, was introduced in 2015. Since then, the car has seen some significant changes, but nothing too dramatic. Ford Edge 2019 features refined front/back styling, an ST trim instead of Sport, and 8-speed automatic transmission, among other things. But what does this vehicle have to offer to the average driver?
Well, how about tons of head-/leg-room, cargo space, fuel-efficiency, and a comfy ride quality? Yes, you’ll get all of that with this family-friendly SUV.
On the downside, the interior design is a bit outdated (and that’s putting it mildly), and the control layout leaves a lot to be desired.
Edge is available in 4 trims, but our focus today will only be on the first 3 (ST, the sporty configuration, has a separate review).
Which Trim Level Would I Recommend? Pricing.
So, the drivers can choose among the entry-level SE (30K USD), SEL (33.3K), and Titanium (38.7K).
As always, I go for the golden middle, as that’s where all the fun is at.
SEL is not particularly cheap, but, it does offer an impressive line-up of additional features, including Sync 3, Ford’s famous infotainment system, a fancy 8-inch screen, dual-zone auto climate control, Smartphone compatibility, and more.
But what about SE, the entry-level trim – can’t it be enough? It absolutely can, especially if you’re on a tight budget and don’t really need all the exclusive features. There are no available packages with this trim, but it’s actually equipped quite nicely. With it, you’ll get 18-inch wheels, a modest, yet decent 4.2-inch display, a voice control system, 6 speakers for the sound system, and a bunch of security features like blind-spot monitoring and FCW.
As I already said, SEL seems to me like the best bang for your buck. Keyless entry, high-quality cloth upholstery, and dual USBs are also part of the deal. If you need leather, heating for the front seats, 3 additional speakers, and LED lights, go with the EG 201A package and turn your Ford Edge 2019 into a fancy ride.
And What About Titanium?
As the ultimate trim, it gets all the goodies from the previous two configurations. Leather upholstery, high-quality interior materials, HD radio, 12 speakers for surround sound, and 19-inch wheels are just some of the highlights. Apart from all that, Titanium isn’t much different from SEL, which is exactly why I recommended it as my go-to trim with the latest Edge
And here’s the most important thing:
all three trims are packed with the same 2.0-lit 4-cyl engine (it’s a turbocharged beast).
The engine is good for 250 horsepower, 280 lb-ft, and is paired to an 8-speed automatic with FWD. If you want, you can go with AWD (all-wheel drive). This is a fairly impressive setup for a mid-size crossover SUV and you won’t be disappointed by the performance of Ford Edge 2019.
How Does The SUV Feel On The Road?
When picking a crossover SUV, we don’t really think about off-roading or race-tracking. However, ride quality is still very important, and I’m happy to say that the 2.0-lit 4-cylinder performs quite well, both in busy city streets and on the open road. Handling is on point and you won’t ever feel not in control of the car. Braking, steering, and everything else are also well above average.
For mid-size sedans, comfort is usually above all, as we carry our family members around in them. I’m happy to say that Ford Edge 2019 is among the comfiest cars in the segment. Sound isolation is one of the best in the class and you won’t even hear the engine while on a highway. The suspension is lovely as well: it will smooth out all the bumps on the road, letting you enjoy a cozy ride in the back seat.
What’s On The Inside?
Sadly, Ford didn’t implement any of the up-to-date trends in design, and the interior looks and feels outdated. The same goes for the tech interface. The good news is – there’s enough space in the cargo and the trunk to fit all of your stuff. There’s space in the front armrest compartment, along with 2 bins. The owners of this SUV will get 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down and 39.2 with them up.
That’s a near-perfect result for a vehicle of this size. As for the Sync 3 infotainment system, it might not be the most advanced option out there, but it does get the job done, that’s for sure. And if you go for the 8-inch screen, you’ll turn the boring dashboard into quite a respectable thing. I just wish the interface was a bit quicker to respond to your actions.
Here are the fuel consumption numbers: 29 miles per gallon hwy/22mpg city. As mentioned, all configurations have the same engine under the hood, which is why the numbers are the same no matter which trim you end up with.
Alright, that’s it for my review of this new Ford model. This car feels amazing on the road: steering is quick and responsive, and, like most Ford crossovers, it behaves more like a sedan.
The 2nd-row seats are nice and spacey (which can’t be said about some rivals), and there’s enough cargo space. With blind-spot monitoring and auto emergency braking being a part of the standard deal, you’ll also feel safe behind the wheel of this car.
Edmunds.Com: “The 2019 Ford Edge could be a great choice if you’re looking for a crossover SUV that’s a little nicer than the norm but won’t bust your budget”.
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