From a visual standpoint, there’s nothing quite like the Edge in the Old Continent. While I am head over heels for almost everything the U.S. contributed to the automotive industry, there are a lot of Europeans who have yet to understand the appeal of four-wheeled Americana. The exception to this rule is the Mustang, which some Europeans regard as being exotic.
The Ford Edge featured in the adjacent photographs is the Sport trim level, which is second-best to the Vignale premium model. The moment I first saw the car I was going to test drive, the front end hit me with the same force as a MacBook Pro’s price. That very moment, I thought to myself: “Hey, doesn’t the grille of the Edge Sport looks similar to that of the Ranger Wildtrak?”
The Sport model also comes with firmer springs, which help with straight-line speed and cornering prowess. While the 255/45 R20 Pirelli Scorpion Verde rubber and black wheels create the illusion that the Edge Sport is more hunkered down than its siblings, this model offers a ride height of 201 mm (7.9 in), which is more than enough for owners to go off the beaten track.
When it comes down to rear-end styling, it’s plain to understand where Ford looked for inspiration. Just like the Lincoln Navigator and Continental, the full-width taillights perfectly complement the design of the Edge. The width of this mid-size crossover is further accented by the tailgate-integrated spoiler, the rear aerodynamic diffuser, as well as the trapezoidal exhaust tips. Overall, I believe that the Sport suits the character of the Edge like a hand in glove.
Other than the Sport model pictured here in the most expensive exterior paint option available in Europe (White Platinum: €1,200 or £825), the 2016 Ford Edge can be had in base-spec Trend (or Zetec in the UK), mid-range Titanium, and top-of-the-line Vignale flavor. The Trend and Titanium look pretty much the same, save for the wheel design, while the Vignale model stands out from the rest thanks to a dark matte grille with a polished aluminum surround.
Ford of Europe made it clear that the Edge is aimed at a customer pool labeled “Quintastics.” The Blue Oval explains that word stands for those peeps who are aged between from 50 through 59 years, people who Ford believes that they’re “increasingly likely to continue to follow active pursuits.” If that's the case according to Ford's assessment, it seems like 50 is the new 30.
The closest rival I can think of is the Volkswagen Touareg, which knocks on the door of premium and it's considerably more costly than the Edge. Models such as the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are similar in size, but they’re less expensive and they offer seating for seven. What’s more, the base price of the 2016 Ford Edge in Europe (€42,900 and £29,995, respectively) puts it very close to the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, compact-sized crossover SUVs that are inherently premium. Alas, the Ford Edge finds itself in no man's land.
On that note, the 2016 Ford Edge is a one-trick pony in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, chiefly because it appeals to those who want to break the norm with what's probably the best thing about this car: the design.