2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge 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 BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Edge and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the BMW X5:

Edge

X5

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5. 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 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 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.

Reliability

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 X5 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 330) than the X5 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Edge higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW X5 (3). This means the Edge produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X5 every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The BMW X5 is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Edge stops shorter than the X5:

Edge

X5

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

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 X5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the X5’s (40.4 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

Chassis

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 850 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Edge is 5.5 inches shorter than the X5, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 X5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Edge has 2.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The X5’s middle row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Edge is 2 inches lower than the X5 (17.5” vs. 19.5”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the X5’s (18” vs. 20”).

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 33.9 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X5 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 72.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.6 inches, while the X5’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the X5’s in every dimension:

Edge

X5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

40.7”/70”

Max Width

63.3”

49”

Min Width

45.3”

44”

Height

34.5”

31.5”

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’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.

Ergonomics

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 X5 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the X5 because it costs $200 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the X5, including $468 less for a water pump, $1295 less for a muffler, $92 less for front brake pads, $538 less for a starter, $309 less for fuel injection, $247 less for a fuel pump, $314 less for front struts, $823 less for a timing belt/chain and $1208 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Ford Edge outsold the BMW X5 by almost three to one during 2018.

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