Finally, after the still fairly fresh 2nd generation model upgrade which included a new larger chassis and updated equipment, the 2019 Edge ST, which Ford proudly proclaims to be their first SUV from the Ford Performance Team, stands ahead of its already energetic Sport model with this stronger twin-turbo V6. Ford now has an authentic sporting mid-size crossover to compete against the usual German and Japanese class leaders. The excitement begins with the unique 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine, which has been retuned for even more usable power from last year’s Sport model, from 315 bhp to 335 bhp and torque from 350 lb-ft to 380 lb-ft. The transmission gained two more gears while the suspension and brakes got their appropriate updating as well.
Outright acceleration from naught improved only by two-tenths compared to the outgoing Sport model but the ST feels better and drives with more effortlessness while it drinks less premium fuel. The Ford Edge ST’s relaxed default powerband can swiftly be awakened by simply toggling the “S” sport mode on the transmission dial which engages the considerably more aggressive shift mapping while simultaneously adding a digital tachometer to the instrument cluster, and pipes in additional engine cacophony into the cabin through the audio system.
The model-unique yet subtle aesthetic improvements are complementary. The interior also gets some updates from the new sport bucket seats to the new 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system that replaces the existing Sony unit. Along with the revised front and rear bumpers, new active shutter grille, new rear exhaust and updated front and rear LED lighting elements is the standard Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assistance features, which includes automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlamps.
The Edge is certainly bigger than the Escape with almost as much trunk space as an Explorer but seats only 5 adults. If you have a small family and want a mid-size AWD crossover for weekend adventures then the Edge will definitely lure you into its spacious cabin. The updated cabin has just enough unique design features to distinguish itself from the standard models but there is still too much low-grade plastic.
The Edge ST feels even more substantial and more planted on the road thanks to the more aggressive suspension tuning (stiffer by 12 % in the front and 20 % at the rear with 60 % more rigid anti-roll bars and monotube rear dampers instead of twin-tube) and the huge 21-inch alloys wrapped with sticky 265/40R21 105Y Pirelli P-Zero 3-season tires. The ST’s active all-wheel-drive system varies its torque split automatically and even disconnects the rear drive altogether to further improve fuel efficiency when cruising. All the new upgrades did add almost 200 pounds to the vehicle weight but the newfound power and better driver/occupant experience more than makes up for it.
Our test unit had the tri-coat metallic white platinum color with an ebony interior and the painted-red brake calipers (upgraded 13.6-inch front & 12.4-inch rear discs with more aggressive brake pads) from the optional ST Performance Brake package. I used to relegate the Edge to be a clever crossover model distraction that bridges the gap between an Escape and Explorer, but it is more than that now, it can stand on its own merits. It is such a purposeful and fun crossover that it is a pity that the model may never get sold officially in our market.
|Engine||V6, 2720 cc, dohc 24V, Direct Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Ti-VCT, 8-Speed AT|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||335 bhp @ 5550 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||380 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm|
|Top Speed||212 km/h (132 mph) Governed|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||5.6 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||19 mpg City / 26 mpg Highway|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||US$ 52,225.00|
|What's Great||Stronger engine, very comfortable and full featured, more fuel efficient, a real sleeper, a great all-rounder|
|What's Not So||May never be offered in our Philippine market, steering could have been more communicative, pricey|
|C! Editors Rating||10/10|