2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Audi Allroad

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Allroad doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Edge and the Allroad have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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

There are almost 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 175-amp alternator. The Allroad’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 540-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 87 more horsepower (335 vs. 248) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Edge has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Audi Allroad is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Edge, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Allroad.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Edge’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Allroad:

 

Edge

Allroad

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.3 inches

The Edge stops much shorter than the Allroad:

 

Edge

Allroad

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Allroad (265/40R21 vs. 245/45R18).

The Edge ST’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Allroad’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Allroad’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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 Allroad doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Allroad (112.2 inches vs. 110.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the Allroad.

The Edge ST AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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 Allroad 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 Allroad doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Edge has 21.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Allroad (113.9 vs. 92).

The Edge has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom and 6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Allroad.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Allroad with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Allroad with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 58.5 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics

The Edge 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Titanium/ST’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 Allroad doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Allroad can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge’s exterior PIN entry system. The Allroad doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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

The Edge (except SE) 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Allroad doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $1570 to $2770 less than the Allroad 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 $10091 to $12443 less than for the Audi Allroad.

Recommendations

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

Allroad

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The Ford Edge outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost four to one during 2018.

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