Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 BMW X5 Near Phoenix, 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 xDrive40e 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 xDrive40e 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 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the X5 xDrive40e 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.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5 xDrive40e. 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 xDrive40e 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.

Engine Comparison

The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 7 more horsepower (315 vs. 308) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 332) than the X5 xDrive40e’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the BMW X5 xDrive40e:

 

Edge

X5 xDrive40e

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.3 sec

10.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.8 sec

16.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.2 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The X5 xDrive40e’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Edge has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the X5 xDrive40e, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 xDrive40e doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the X5 xDrive40e 4dr Sport Utility pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X5 xDrive40e’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 800 to 1300 pounds less than the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

The Edge is 5.1 inches shorter than the X5 xDrive40e, 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 xDrive40e 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 xDrive40e 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 xDrive40e 4dr Sport Utility (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X5 xDrive40e (113.9 vs. 105.2).

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 xDrive40e.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X5 xDrive40e 4dr Sport Utility with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.2 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X5 xDrive40e 4dr Sport Utility with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 72.5 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 xDrive40e 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 xDrive40e’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 xDrive40e 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

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 xDrive40e 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 xDrive40e doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The X5 xDrive40e isn’t in the top three.

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