2018 Volvo V60 vs. 2017 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ford Edge doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the V60 and Edge have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 offers optional power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Edge’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo V60 offers optional built in child seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat and because they provide five point harnesses like those in race cars. Ford doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child safety seat in the Edge. Their owners must carry a heavy child seat in and out of the vehicle; V60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 has standard City Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Edge offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The V60’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Edge doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Volvo V60 is safer than the Edge:

 

V60

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

16 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.2/.1 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the V60 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty

The V60 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The V60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Edge’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Edge’s 590-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 16th in reliability. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine

The V60 has more powerful engines than the Edge:

 

Horsepower

V60 T6 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

V60 Polestar 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

362 HP

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

 

 

V60

Edge

 

FWD

T5/Auto

25 city/36 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto w/Start/Stop

 

 

n/a

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

T5/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto

 

T6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/24 hwy

2.7 Turbo V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the V60’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Edge doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Ford only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo V60 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is available on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Tires and Wheels

The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE/SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is tighter than the Edge’s:

 

V60

Edge

AWD Station Wagon

39 feet

42 feet

Chassis

The Volvo V60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

The V60 is 5.6 inches shorter than the Edge, making the V60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The V60 is 10.2 inches shorter in height than the Edge, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 25.4 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 29 inches.

Towing

The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (3300 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The V60’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The V60 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Edge doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The V60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Edge SE/SEL’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the V60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Edge doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Edge doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the V60 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Edge doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The V60’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport.

When the V60 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The V60 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the Edge, including $615 less for a water pump, $688 less for a timing belt/chain and $420 less for a power steering pump.

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