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The Edge’s 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 Allroad doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
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 and rear 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.
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.
The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Allroad doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.
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 760-amp battery. The Allroad’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.
The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (250 vs. 248) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the Allroad’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. 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.
The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Allroad (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons).
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.
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.
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.
For better stopping power the Edge ST’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Allroad:
The Edge stops much shorter than the Allroad:
60 to 0 MPH
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.
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 handles at .88 G’s, while the Allroad Premium Plus pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For greater off-road capability the Edge has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Allroad (8 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Edge ST’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Allroad (8.2 vs. 6.5 inches).
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 ST 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.
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.
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.
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 SEL/Titanium/ST’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 Allroad’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
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.
The Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Allroad doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Ford Edge outsold the Audi A4/S4 by almost four to one during 2018.
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