Since it’s introduction back in 2007, the Ford Edge has gone through a number of changes but the biggest came with the 2019 model year.

Not only was the Ford Edge given a facelift but it was also the first year to introduce an ST performance variant on one of the company’s SUVs.

I tested the 2019 Ford Edge ST for about a week and while it looks great, it does have some downsides.

Design

Since I tested the ST version of the 2019 Ford Edge, it comes with more sportier styling that the standard model. The front grill of the Edge ST has been changed to one that is like the one on the latest Ford Explorer.

The rest of the Edge ST’s body features angular accents. The interior of the Edge ST has leather accents and makes it feel like a premium SUV.

The vehicle can fit up to five people comfortably with enough room for three in the back seat. The Ford Edge ST has a 2.7L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

The trunk of the Edge ST has lots of space and if you need more, you can easily fold down the rear seats for a flat load floor.

The drive was mostly smooth but there were a few times where it didn’t seem as smooth. Inside you’ll find an 8-inch touchscreen for Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system.

In terms of driver assistance technology you’ll find the following:

  • Ford Co-Pilot360
    • Auto-High Beam Headlamps
    • BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Lane-Keeping System (includes Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert and Driver Alert)
    • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support
    • Rear View Camera with Camera Washer

An option package for the Edge ST is the Co-Pilot 360 Assist (which was equipped on the model I tested) which adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist and Voice-Activated Navigation System.

The vehicle I tested also came with a parking assist feature that allows the Edge ST to park itself in both parallel and perpendicular spots. I tried to use the feature but it was never able to find a spot despite pulling up slowly to one in a mostly empty parking lot.

Ford’s Co-Pilot360 worked well and has quite a few features listed as standard but it would be nice if adaptive cruise control and lane-centring didn’t cost extra.

The Edge ST came with the B&O PLay surround sound system that features 12-speakers and overall I found the system to sound great and can get fairly loud.

The 2019 Ford Edge ST starts at $49,099 CAD but the model I tested for this review had an MSRP of $58,189 CAD.

Software & Connectivity

The 2019 Ford Edge ST has an 8-inch touchscreen to house the company’s Sync 3 infotainment system.

The layout of Sync 3 is fairly basic, along the bottom of the screen you have icons for various menus including Audio, Climate, Phone, Nav, Apps and Settings. Above the bottom bar on the main screen is the maps, what audio is playing, which phone is connected and heated steering wheel on/off.

Getting around Sync 3 was fairly easy because the bottom bar of icons was always there, so you can easily move around the interface.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the look of the maps featured in Sync 3 but thankfully, you don’t have to use them because the Edge ST comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Sync 3 does support voice commands but I found them a pain to use since you had to break up the address when talking instead of one continuous phrase on other infotainment systems.

Ford is currently working on the next-generation version of its infotainment platform called Sync 4. It has cloud connectivity, an interface that adapts to the user and support for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

You can read more about Ford Sync 4, which is set to debut on select vehicles in 2020.

Ford does let you control your vehicle using their FordPass, so you can remote start/stop and unlock/lock your vehicle but I wasn’t able to test out the app.

Final Thoughts

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is a great addition to the company’s SUV lineup but is let-down but a slightly lacklustre map quality and voice control in Sync 3.

Pros

  • Sync 3 is easy to use
  • Offers lots of cargo space
  • Comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Quick and powerful engine

Cons

  • Sync 3 map quality isn’t that great
  • Parking assist feature doesn’t work all the time
  • Voice control needs work

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