Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 BMW X5 Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 BMW X5

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 X5 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 X5 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 X5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 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 X5:

 

Edge

X5

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

143 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

647 lbs.

685 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 12 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.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Edge V6’s reliability will be 7% better than the X5.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the X5 s/xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.:

 

Edge

X5

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.8 sec

15.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

96 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops shorter than the X5:

 

Edge

X5

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X5’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 X5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i xDrive pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver quicker than the X5 xDrive35i xDrive (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 700 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Edge is 5.1 inches shorter than the X5, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 X5 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 X5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the X5 xDrive35i xDrive (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the X5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Edge’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, 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 X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 X5 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.

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 X5 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 $3275 to $5270 less than the X5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the X5 because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the X5, including $868 less for an alternator, $114 less for front brake pads, $211 less for a starter, $491 less for fuel injection, $62 less for a fuel pump, $318 less for front struts and $2759 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $21105 to $28284 less than for the BMW X5.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Edge outsold the BMW X5 by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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