Rated “Top Safety Pick” without the + suffix by the IIHS, the Edge is also available in Europe. In the old Continent, Euro NCAP decided to award the Edge the best overall rating, albeit the mid-size crossover isn't the safest model in its segment. In the full-width rigid barrier test, for example, protection of the driver's chest is “adequate.” More worryingly, the rear passenger dummy indicated poor protection. According to the agency's report on the Edge, injury parameters for the head and chest exceed safe limits.
Whereas maximum points were scored in the side barrier test, the Euro NCAP highlights that the Ford Edge could do better in the severe side pole impact test. In this crash scenario, readings of the dummy's rib compression indicate a “marginal” level of protection. “Marginal” and “poor” ratings were awarded in the frontal offset test for 6- and 10-year-old child occupant protection.
What's more, the auto-braking system returned mixed results. At 45 km/h (28 mph) and 60 km/h (37 mph), the Ford Edge stopped just in time, thus avoiding a rear-end collision with another vehicle. However, the system didn't apply the brakes in the pedestrian test, hitting the test dummy at 20 km/h (12 mph). At 40 km/h (25 mph), though, the system avoided the dummy.
the Euro-spec Ford Edge is exclusively available with a 2.0-liter TDCi turbo diesel. The single-turbo variation of the engine is matched with a 6-speed manual, whereas the twin-turbo unit comes as standard with the Getrag-developed PowerShift 6-speed automatic transmission. In terms of trims, the Sport is the one to go for if you want the sexiest Edge around. The Vignale, however, is all about bling.
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