2019 Audi Allroad vs. 2019 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Allroad 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.

The Allroad’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Edge doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Allroad has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Audi Pre Sense City in the Allroad as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Allroad. But it costs extra on the Edge.

The Allroad Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Allroad and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 Audi Allroad is safer than the Edge:

 

Allroad

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.3/.4 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, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Allroad the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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

Reliability

The Audi Allroad’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Edge’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Allroad’s reliability 19 points higher than the Edge.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 11 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 3 more horsepower (248 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Allroad is faster than the Ford Edge:

 

Allroad

Edge turbo 4 cyl.

Edge ST

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

7.6 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.9 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.6 MPH

89.3 MPH

93.4 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi Allroad higher (5 out of 10) than the Ford Edge (3 to 5). This means the Allroad produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Edge every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Allroad offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Edge doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Allroad’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Edge doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

The Allroad stops much shorter than the Edge:

 

Allroad

Edge

 

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Allroad’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE/SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Allroad has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Allroad Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Allroad Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Edge Titanium (26.3 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Allroad’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Allroad’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (38.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Allroad is 9.5 inches shorter in height than the Edge, making the Allroad much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo design makes loading and unloading the Allroad easier. The Allroad’s cargo lift-over height is 26.1 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 29 inches.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Allroad is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Edge. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 60% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

The Allroad Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Edge doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Allroad’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.

If the windows are left open on the Allroad the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Allroad 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Allroad 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 Allroad has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Edge doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Allroad has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Edge doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Allroad’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/ST.

The Allroad 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/ST.

Economic Advantages

The Allroad will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Allroad will retain 50.32% to 50.79% of its original price after five years, while the Edge only retains 45.68% to 49.43%.

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