2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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Safety

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The V60’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.

Both the V60 and Edge have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has 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 V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Edge doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera 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 V60 and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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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

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Edge’s 175-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Edge’s 760-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Edge’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 5 more horsepower (250 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 80 more horsepower (415 vs. 335) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 380) than the Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the V60 T5 is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4-cylinder:

V60

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.3 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

Edge

MPG

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

ST 2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

ST 2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Edge must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Edge doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

V60 T5

V60 Polestar Engineered

Edge

Edge ST

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

The V60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Edge AWD are solid, not vented.

The V60 stops much shorter than the Edge:

V60

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The V60’s standard 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

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The V60 offers an available set of manually adjustable shock absorbers. They allow the driver the manually set the shock absorbers to a stiff setting for amateur competitions and return them to lower levels for a comfortable ride on normal streets. This allows the driver to choose between a comfortable ride or excellent handling during competitions. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The V60 Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Edge Titanium (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The V60’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (37.1 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 12.1 inches shorter in height than the Edge, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 26.7 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 29.6 inches.

Towing

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The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 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.

If the windows are left open on the V60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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.

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/ST.

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 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Edge.

Economic Advantages

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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 $288 less for a muffler, $29 less for front struts, $417 less for a timing belt/chain and $475 less for a power steering pump.

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