Ford has put in a lot of effort and time in building high-end vehicles like the Ford GT supercar, Shelby Mustang GT350, and F-150 Raptor. However, these cars were out of the reach of Ford lovers who were working with a tight budget. Now, there’s some good news for them with the arrival of Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Focus ST.
Presently, Ford doesn’t have any interest in introducing compact cars. Despite good reviews from customers, the Fiesta ST and Focus ST won’t see a new generation on American shores. However, Ford is offering ST versions of a few SUVs. The first SUV that’s getting the ST treatment is the Ford Edge ST. Next in the line is the Explorer ST. We are optimistic that the Explorer ST will be a big hit. What about the Ford Edge ST? Has it lived up to the expectations of Ford enthusiasts? Let’s see what the Ford Edge ST has to offer.
The ST looks good. The aggressive front facade draws inspiration from the Shelby Mustang GT350. A shapely bumper at the back enhances the look of the Ford Edge ST. The bumper is covered with cutouts for the dual exhaust system, egg-crate-style grille, and special side cladding. The interior looks promising as the generally attractive cabin of the Edge benefits from unique ST items like the steering wheel with some special badging, front seats, and kick plates.
These new features complement the Edge details that Ford fans know and love. These include an array of plastics, twist dial shift lever, and huge A-pillars. The A-pillars can easily hide compact cars from the view of the Edge’s driver. The thick D-pillars of the Edge ST also leave blind spots; something drivers would be concerned about.
The suspension tuning of the Ford Edge ST is stiffer as compared to other Edge version but the mid-size crossover still remains comfortable. Two front seats offer adequate bolstering and thick cushioning while covered storage in the Edge ST is abundant. A 3-across reach bench is comfortable and spacious and there is plenty of cargo space too. The rear hatch of the Edge ST can accommodate 39.2 cubic ft of luggage without removing the rear seats.
The Ford Edge ST comes with a hefty price tag and it’s the priciest in the lineup. The base price of the Edge ST is $42,355 which is $12,360 more than the entry-level Ford Edge SE. In that price, you get a standard all-wheel drive, trim-specific 335-hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine, distinctive exterior styling, and special suspension tuning.
There is no direct competitor to Ford Edge ST because of its pricing. The Chevrolet 2019 Blazer RS is the only vehicle that comes close to it and it’s actually priced $1,145 more than the Ford Edge ST.
The pricing of the Ford Edge ST isn’t reasonable. If your top priority is performance when you are shopping for a mid-sized crossover, the Edge ST doesn’t quite deliver it. If you only seek convenience, active safety kit, and comfort, you would have to fork out a lot of money for optional features. If we include the cost of options i.e. $9,370, then the Ford Edge ST would wear a price tag of $51,725. That’s very close to high-end vehicles like the Mercedes AMG GLC 43 which is priced $56,250.
Performance and Handling
With 380-pound-feet of torque and 335 horsepower, the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 Engine is better than that of the Blazer RS’s 3.6-liter engine by 110 pound-feet of torque and 27 horsepower. Putting the power of the Edge ST’s engine to test on American roads is an 8-speed automatic transmission that is very slow to downshift but does upshift smoothly. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel allow manual control of transmission, but they are slow in response so it is better to just press the Sport button on the Edge ST and let the transmission handle the shifting itself.
Although all Ford Edge STs benefit from suspension changes like revised rear and front springs and the highly effective shock absorbers, only the models that are equipped with the ST Performance Brake package come with sticky Pirelli P Zero tires. The package also features better brake pad material and upgraded radiator fan.
The steering of the Ford Edge ST is artificially heavy and feels numb because the chassis is reasonably communicative and stiff. While the dynamics of the Edge ST are certainly a step ahead of conventional Ford Edge models, the model doesn’t entertain drivers the way ST vehicles should. Consumers who are serious about driving would be better off spending their money on a more performance-oriented crossover or save their bucks by embracing the comfier driving experience of standard Ford Edge models.
Every Edge ST houses a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen system that is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, 4G LTE hotspot (wireless), and two 4.2-inch gauge cluster screens. The Edge ST is equipped with $5,585 401A equipment group which provides convenience items like in-dash navigation system, AC power outlet, wireless charging pad, front-facing camera, active parking system, cooled and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Despite these formidable features, the Edge ST still falls short of our expectations in terms of technology. The main reason is the Sync 3 system that is slow to respond. Nevertheless, the ergonomics of the system are satisfying.
Overall, the Ford Edge ST hasn’t lived up to our expectations. At this price range, we expected much better performance and the Ford Edge ST is not just up to the mark. We wouldn’t recommend it to consumers. In fact, we would say that the standard Edge model is a better pick than the new 2019 Ford Edge ST.