Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 BMW X3 Near Surprise, AZ

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 BMW X3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X3 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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 X3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the BMW X3:

Edge

X3

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

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 BMW X3:

Edge

X3

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

198 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

162

Hip Force

647 lbs.

709 lbs.

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 X3 is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the X3:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

X3 s/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

X3 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the X3 s/xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Edge

X3

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

91.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge w/Start Stop FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better highway fuel mileage than the X3 s/xDrive28i RWD (21 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

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 X3 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19.2 vs. 17.7 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 X3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (265/40R21 vs. 245/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X3’s largest wheels are only 20-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 X3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the X3 (112.2 inches vs. 110.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than on the X3.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the X3 xDrive28i xDrive pulls only .82 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 X3 xDrive28i xDrive (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .77 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 X3 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 X3 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 2.7 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The X3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X3 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 X3 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

37”/68”

Min Width

45.1”

43”

Height

34.4”

31”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 X3 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 X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 X3 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 X3 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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 X3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $170 to $1380 less than the X3 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 $4152 to $6003 less than for the BMW X3.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Edge and BMW X3 won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Ford Edge outsold the BMW X3 by over four to one during the 2015 model year.

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