#PRODUCT WATCH: 2020 FORD EDGE SEL
It’s like catching-up with an old friend every time we get to Test Drive a member of the FORD family. This past week we had the joy of piloting the 2020 Ford Edge SEL. Combining several sophisticated elements of style with pure power and practicality, the mid-size SUV continues to be a game-changer, nailing several of the marks!
The Edge SEL is powered by a Twin-Scroll 2.0L EcoBoost® Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission and operates at an impressive 250-horsepower. Every drive had us feeling fully in control of the road and we love this.
Let’s talk about aesthetics. Our Edge SEL was a Atlas Blue, which was absolutely stunning to the eye. Paired against the colourful autumnal backdrop we are witnessing right now, we felt elevated and privileged to be paired with this elegant ride. Driving through a variety of weather conditions this past week, we appreciated the intuitiveness of its LED fog lamps, automatic headlights and wipers which take away one less worry as we focus on the road. Seating was a creme colour with comfy Unique Cloth-Trimmed surface and we loved that the Driver’s Seat was adjustable a whopping ten ways, while the front passenger gets to adjust their seat six ways! Above this, there are seat warmers which are actually a necessity, not a luxury no matter what anybody tells you! We enjoyed how simple the climate control system was to navigate as simplicity is best. There was so much space to go around between my guests and I with exceptional cargo capacity.
The Edge SEL’s Power Panoramic Vista Roof is a thing of marvel. I’ve never seen a roof like this ever on a vehicle and details like this really show Ford‘s commitment to elevating the driving experience into something truly sophisticated and elegant is front and center here.
Safety is a great focus with this vehicle. We don’t recall ever having had the protection of this many Airbag options:
- Driver and Passenger Dual-Stage Frontal Airbags
- Driver Knee Airbag
- First- and Second-Row Curtain Airbags
- First-Row Side-Seat Airbags
- Front-Passenger Sensing System
- Glove-Box-Door-Integrated Knee Airbag
Above this, we appreciated the Lane-Keeping Assist, which was easily flipped on and off with a switch on the left-hand side of the steering wheel. A rear-view camera with parking assist made parallel parking downtown a breeze and we don’t remember what parking was like before this feature was a thing! Again, this is no longer a luxury, it’s a real necessity as we know how aggressive Parking Enforcement is in downtown Toronto. Its Securilock® Passive Anti-Theft System has your back always as well. With winter months coming-up we could only be aided by features like Advancetrac® with Roll Stability Control (RSC®), Curve Control and Hill Start Assist. Our travels take us from the city to the country to the suburbs and the Edge SEL is up for anything you throw at it!
This new generation of Ford vehicles is all about innovation and we love the rotary gear shift dial versus the traditional shift stick. The push-button engine start and remote proximity entry also might seem like little things but they take away stresses in your day. Nobody has time to fumble for keys, honestly!
We must confess also, that this is our favourite thing!
Keeping connected was a breeze. The Edge SEL possesses a litany of charging options including a wireless charging pad, giving you no excuse ever to not have any battery left on your phone. As mentioned earlier, the vehicle shows a consciousness with its EcoBoost® engine, but it also comes equipped with a Battery Saver option which is handy. The only small pitfall with this is that with Drive-In entertainment becoming more popular during the Pandemic, this means having to restart your car on Accessory mode more frequently.
Ford‘s SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility made it super-easy to connect with our phone’s Spotify Playlists and of course, the vehicle is SiriusXM-capable. We couldn’t imagine morning drives without Hits 1! The Edge SEL can be upgraded to a nine-speaker audio system and we can confirm the sound was glorious as we witnessed enjoying a Premiere at a Drive-In!
Fuel Economy is a deal-breaker to us and the Edge SEL tallies-in at 1.4 L/100km city, 8.3 L/100km highway and 10.0 L/100km combined, which is expected of a vehicle that operates at such high power. Lowered gas prices during this Pandemic are one of the few positive things to have happened this year.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane this past week in our adventures with the 2020 Ford Edge SEL!
As many of you know, I’m expecting a new puppy and can’t wait to bring her home end of the month. beanie is going to be the most special little princess and the Ford Edge SEL allowed us an opportunity to check-in on her.
We’re honoured to be one of the few outlets in the country to be granted access to cover our favourite sport, Horse Racing right now. The second jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown, the $400k Prince of Wales Stakes, took place last week in Fort Erie and we were privileged to have access.
So proud also to cheer-on our namesake MR WILL at Woodbine Racetrack this weekend. He ran amazing and is oh so close to that win! The Edge SEL made this possible. You really appreciate the value of having a reliable ride especially right now during the Pandemic.
When near Niagara, a visit to some of the regions wineries is a give-in. Of course, no alcohol was consumed prior to or during the visit at our favourite, Fielding Estate Winery. Such beauty to behold this time of year with the changing colours. A pure joy bringing this home to enjoy!
The Inside Out Film Festival is now in its 30th edition and we were honoured to be invited to its Opening Night Gala, STARDUST, a Biopic about icon David Bowie. While much of the Festival this year is digital, it was a pleasure celebrating in-person, socially-distanced at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place.
So thrilled to partner together with Netflix Canada on something fun, coming this week in celebration of new Adam Sandler film, HUBIE HALLOWEEN! We couldn’t have done this without the Edge getting us there to create this content and we’re so excited to present it to you!
We don’t know about you, but we’re already in Halloween spirits! So much fun getting an invite to check-out HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF LIGHTS in Vaughan, an immersive spectacle with 700k LED lights!
We’ll definitely miss the 2020 Ford Edge SEL, but in the meantime you can learn more about it here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)