Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Audi Allroad Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Audi Allroad

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Allroad doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Allroad doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Allroad doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Allroad only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Allroad doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Edge has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Allroad doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Audi Allroad:

Edge

Allroad

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Allroad has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Allroad. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Allroad ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 15 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (245 vs. 220) and 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 258) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (280 vs. 220) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 95 more horsepower (315 vs. 220) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 258) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Allroad doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Allroad requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18.3 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (19.2 vs. 16.1 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Allroad doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Allroad are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Allroad (265/40R21 vs. 245/45R18).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Allroad doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Allroad (112.2 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Allroad pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Allroad (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Allroad doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 4.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 5.4 inches more rear legroom and 6.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The Allroad’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Allroad’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

Allroad

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

40.4”/73”

Min Width

45.1”

39.4”

Height

34.4”

30.4”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Allroad doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Allroad doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Allroad only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Allroad doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Edge and the Allroad offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Allroad.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Allroad doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Allroad doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Allroad doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Edge allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Allroad doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $1440 to $2905 less than the Allroad over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $9723 to $11644 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Edge and Audi Allroad won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Ford Edge outsold the Audi Allroad by almost 37 to one during the 2015 model year.

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