There’s just no getting away from it, this is a very expensive car.

Opt for an automatic gearbox in your Edge Vignale – as most will – and Ford will ask you to handover £42,695.  Our test car, with a modest sprinkling of tasteful options, weighed in at a hefty £46,180.

That, you would hope, would get you whole lot of car in return.  Right?

Well, it certainly gets you a whole lot of dashboard.  Sitting in the Edge’s front seats is like sitting at one end of a long banquet table, and while much of it wears appealingly stitched leather, the centre console somewhat spoils the effect with its scratchy plastic.  The Sony hifi looks a little like a refugee from the Argos catalogue, too, but it does at least sound good.

Ford is rightly proud of their hand-finished seats, complete with their 45,825 tiny perforations, and although they’re both comfortable and supportive, something about the driving position creates the nagging feeling that the steering wheel is somehow off-centre.

Space in the back, though, is quite generous: the rear doors open to almost 90 degrees, making it easy to climb aboard, and as the lower sill is attached to the door it protects your clothes from road grime.  Headroom is good, too, even with the optional panoramic sunroof.

The boot’s a good size, at least at floor level, with 602 litres measured to the window line.  The sloping tailgate does cut into overall space somewhat, but despite that with the rear seats folded and loaded to the gunwales, the Edge offers a total of 1,847 litres.  It’s just a shame there’s no underfloor compartment for the cargo cover.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre diesel with either 180ps for the manual model, or 210ps for the Powershift auto.  The latter is likely to be the most popular, and rightly so, as it changes up through the ratios quickly and smoothly.  There isn’t much creep on offer, though, making edging forward at blind junctions a little tricky.

Performance is respectable but hardly electrifying, with a 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds and a slightly lethargic approach to picking up speed on the motorway, meaning overtakes need a little extra planning.  Economy is officially quoted as 47.9mpg on the combined cycle, although we struggled to get much over 32mpg during a week’s testing.

This is probably all painting a picture of a competent motorway mile-muncher, and that’s certainly the environment where the Edge shines the most.  Despite wearing pimp-spec 20-inch alloys, road noise isn’t an issue, and with Active Noise Control there’s little in the way of wind or engine noise, either.

True, those big wheels can lead to a slightly unsettled ride on some surfaces, but on a long journey the Edge quickly drops into a relaxed rhythm that makes the miles positively fly by.

Don’t expect to see much behind you if it rains, though: those clap-hands wipers force rainwater onto the side windows where it swirls about endlessly, obscuring your view of the mirrors.

Turn off the motorway, and at the first roundabout the big Ford might surprise you.  Its exterior dimensions suggest a car likely to trip over its own door handles, but instead the Edge turns in like a much smaller car.

Admittedly the steering suffers from an unnerving inconsistency either side of straight-ahead, but once you’re passed that there’s very little body-roll.  Even at speeds that are well beyond enthusiastic and into the territory of brave, the Edge displays a sense of agility that easily belies its size.

However, we couldn’t shift the feeling that you could have a very similar experience behind the wheel of a much cheaper Edge; one that doesn’t find itself competing with far more established premium brands that, ultimately, offer a more consistent sense of luxury.

Tester’s Notes

  • Huge dashboard seems to consume most cabin space; steering wheels feel off-centre relative to driving position
  • Good rear passenger space; plenty of headroom even with optional panoramic roof
  • Rear doors open to almost 90 degrees; covered sills avoid getting clothes dirty
  • Generous boot space at floor level, although sloping tailgate may restrict ability to carry larger loads
  • Sync3 now a fairly decent system, but no USB port inside central storage
  • Centre console buttons look and feel cheap
  • Sony hifi offers good sound quality
  • Active noise cancellation leads to quiet cabin
  • Wipers direct rainwater towards side windows, turbulence around door mirrors causes it to block rearward vision
  • Powershift auto changes smoothly, but weak creep function makes edging forward difficult
  • Rides well although occasionally unsettled at town speeds
  • Surprising handling, tenacious on roundabouts, very little body-roll
  • Stable motorway cruiser, although steering feels unnervingly inconsistent
Entry-level Price£40,445Price as tested£46,180
Engine1997cc 4-cyl turbodieselTransmission6-speed auto
Power210ps @ 3,750rpmTorque450Nm @ 2,000-2,250rpm
0-629.4 secsTop speed131 mph
Economy47.9 mpgCO2152 g/km
Dimensions4808 x 1981 x 1707 (LxWxH)Kerb Weight1949 kg