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Dec 13

Road Test – 2016 Ford Edge Sport

2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgI’ve driven every model of the Edge right from when it was launched back in 2007 and every iteration improved on the previous version – quite extensively in some cases, so naturally the new 2016 model was going to be terrific, right? And for a bonus I got my hands on the Sport model – by far the best-looking version of this CUV/SUV. I LOVE the look of this (not the colour though), but this was going to be a week of fun, enjoyment and drooling. WRONG!!! Oh dear, this was not what I’d expected.

 2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgWhat Is It?

  • Mid-large CUV (Cross-over Utility Vehicle) – some would call it an SUV
  • Base model comes with a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost engine producing 245 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque
  • All Edge’s come with a 6-speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission with paddle shift
  • The Sport version gets a 7L EcoBoost V-6 engine and intelligent All-wheel Drive (AWD)

How Does It Look?

  • Very Attractive
  • Test model came in the unique Electric Spice colour – everyone commented that it was hideous
  • The Sport model gets unique front and rear lower fascia and dual-integrated exhaust tips and the suspension has been engineered for tight handling, agility and stability.

2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgWhat’s It Like Inside?

  • Digital dash is attractive and just like every other Ford in the past few years
  • Driver and front passenger get 10-way power seas
  • The optional Sport seats are comfortable at first, but we could never be comfortable for more than a few minutes – bin them
  • 12-speaker Sony Premium Sound System – Killer sound system with loads of bass from the sub in the cargo area
  • Abundance of legroom for rear passenger – virtually flat floor

2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgSo How Quick Is It & How Does It Handle?

  • It’s pretty quick – even in just regular Drive mode when you step on the gas just a little bit, it growls and takes off
  • In Sport mode it’s incredibly responsive – just a touch on the gas pedal and everything becomes a blur
  • Very quiet and hushed interior
  • Steering input is very good – I noticed it right away, even though I didn’t know it was “Adaptive”
  • It feels very planted – more like a sports car than a big CUV

Horsepower: 315 @ 4,750 rpm
Torque:  350 @ 2,750 rpm
Top Speed:   N/A
0 – 100 km/h: 6.8 seconds

What Does It Cost?
To Buy…   For up-to-date pricing and options in your region visit:  www.Ford.ca   or www.Ford.com

The Ford Edge base pricing starts at a reasonable $31,349
Base Sport Canada: $44,649 // As Tested: $55,049
Base Sport U.S.: $40,400 // As Tested:  $47,275

2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgTo Operate…

  • I can’t figure out why Auto Start-Stop is 1) Optional and 2) only available on the base 2.0L engine
  • I averaged 9.1- 9.5L/100 km without being overly aggressive with the gas pedal, so expect fuel economy pretty close to the government ratings
  • (L/100 km) is rated at: City -13.6 / Highway – 9.8
  • S. (MPG) is rated at: City – 17 / Highway – 24

Vehicle’s features, options and my opinion/experience with them…
 Noteworthy Standard Features

  • Rear view Camera & rear parking sensors – always good to have on a vehicle – especially for those that drive-by-touch
  • Smart key w/Push button start
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Sony 12-speaker Premium Sound System
  • Foot-Activated Hands-Free Power Liftgate – works well, much better than in the Lincoln MKZ tested a few weeks earlier. You can open and close the door just by swiping your foot somewhere below the bumper
  • Leather-Trimmed Perforated Seats with Suede Inserts – look great, but very uncomfortable to sit in
  • Sync 3 – didn’t get a chance to use it, but it paired my mobile phone lickety-split – something none of the other Sync’s accomplished

 2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgNoteworthy Options On Test Vehicle

  • Panorama sunroof and Navigation – are optional?! For $2,000 – yikes
  • $400 for a cargo cover!? Shouldn’t that come standard?
  • Adaptive Smart Cruise Control & Collision Warning [+ $1,500] – don’t get me started on these things…

The test vehicle came with the 401A Package (+4,500) consisting of:

  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert – worked well, not overly intrusive (why not just install convex mirrors on the outside mirrors – like the Focus?)
  • Auto-dimming Driver’s side view mirror – umm ok
  • 110V power outlet – optional?!
  • Adaptive Steering – manipulates the steering ratio between how much the driver turns the wheel and how much the front wheels turn
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist – in conjunction with the Adaptive Steering you really need this to ensure you don’t look like a drunk trying to park – seriously. Oh and the location of the buttons means you constantly hit them by accident
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel – overkill, you set the steering once, basically for life – is this necessary?
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist– unlike the system of the past from Ford, this one doesn’t keep you within the lane if you take your hands off the wheel. If you need a little diagram in the dashboard to tell you you’ve strayed into oncoming traffic – you’ve got much bigger issues with your eyes
  • Heated steering wheel – switching on one requires searching through the climate control menu’s… REALLY?! What’s wrong with a dedicated button?
  • All-weather floor mats
  • Heated seats – should be standard on all vehicles sold in Canada
  • Cooled front seats – once you’ve experienced good cooling seats in the height of summer you’ll never want to be without them!
  • Heated rear seats – bonus!
  • Front 180-degree camera with camera washer – never figured out where the camera washer was
  • HID Projector Headlights with Auto High Beams – best part of the entire package
  • Rain-sensing Wipers

2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgThe Competition
Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Toyota Highlander

 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • The Good: The Edge just keeps getting better and better looking – the 2016 is one of the best-looking SUV/CUV’s available
  • The Bad: Just about everything but its looks – seriously, seriously disappointing. I honestly think manufacturers in general need to stop and think about simplicity and ease of use while driving before they decide to put everything into their computerized operating systems.
  • The Ugly: The price is really creeping up with many optional things that should come standard in this price-range. Knock $5k off the As-Tested price and it might be worth it

 What’s The Verdict? 
Where do I start? For a vehicle that I looked forward to driving for so long, I’m left hugely disappointed. I love the look of it and the Edge has never been anything less than terrific in all the past models… yet this new 2016 model falls way short – and it pains me to say this. The optional seats are uncomfortable – only the BMW X5 seats are worse than these for comfort. I spent an entire week fussing and tweaking them and still couldn’t get comfortable for more than a few minutes. The Edge feels solid and is a very nice vehicle to drive. The optional steering is terrific, it’s sharp and gives you plenty of feedback, and it’s weighted just right. Overall the 2016 Ford Edge can be summed up like this however: The sum of all the parts doesn’t add up to value… sorry Ford.

2016 Ford Edge Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org


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