The Ford Edge ST is in my mind, a quandary of a vehicle. On one hand it has Ford’s ST performance package which upgrades the vehicle’s suspension, brakes and overall handling to a level good enough for Motorsport mavens. Yet on the other hand, I imagine that the original Ford Edge was only obliquely designed with track driving in mind as it tips the scales at a portly 4,100 pounds. It is a far too heavy vehicle for actual track driving and from my experiences driving purpose built track cars such as the BMW M2 and Porsche Cayman, the Edge ST would likely have trouble holding the corners of a 19-turn circuit. So why does the Ford Edge ST exist? I think I may have the answer: it exists to make even the most banal trips to the grocery store worthwhile. The Ford Edge ST is actually a lot of fun to drive under the speed limit although it can certainly operate at high speeds as well. In this review I will go over the Ford Edge ST’s interior and handling before concluding with my opinions of the vehicle.
The Ford Edge ST makes some improvements over the normal Ford Edge. the ST badging means that the seats are sportier than usual and the Ford Edge ST also includes a Bang and Olufson sound system which is definitely a premium stereo platform. Beyond the interminable hints that the car is in fact a Ford Performance vehicle (e.g. every seat and door sill flashes the ST logo), the car interior wise is still close enough to the original Ford Edge. What that means is that the Edge ST still has the Edge’s ginormous trunk space, loads of leg and headroom and the comfortable seating that normal Edge’s possess.
It is on the road where the Ford Edge ST differentiates itself from its more prosaic, non ST brethren. The ST package is an unequivocal upgrade from a driving standpoint. Body roll is rendered superfluous due to the heavier duty shocks and the stronger brakes are really noticeable. When you press on the brakes, the car really decelerates with celerity but the heavier duty shocks prevent the car from feeling as if the bumper’s going to slam into the pavement below with hard braking. The steering was also modified giving it a much heavier steering response. The changes were night and day between the ST and the non ST Edge.
While I may have claimed that the Ford Edge ST may not be the best track vehicle, it is certainly loads of fun to drive around town. Normally a run to Superstore is a soporific event but not when driving the Ford Edge ST. The more powerful engine is peppy for an SUV and the ST track improvements make the car feel like a race car. Whether it actually can perform at that level has yet to be seen but to the untrained driver it will feel like a race car with its tight handling, peppy acceleration and heavy steering.
Unfortunately one thing that I did notice about the car was that when it downshifted, the car would kick forward. The closest feeling was akin to a hard shift on a manual car. I am unsure if that was intended, perhaps, to make the car feel “edgier” to drive but it’s something that I didn’t like. I prefer smooth downshifts that don’t surprise me.
In conclusion, the Ford Edge ST is a normal Ford Edge on steroids. It has better shocks, brakes and an improved steering system which has a heavier steering response compared to the normal Edge. It is a lot of fun to drive around town and it does feel like an actual race car even when driving the speed limit. The Edge ST also has the comfortable and spacious interior associated with normal Edges. In essence if you really like the Ford Edge and want something that is fun to drive, this may be the car for you. However, if you actually seriously plan to take the Ford Edge ST on the Castrol Raceway in Leduc every weekend, I’d probably go with something else.
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