Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Volvo XC60 Near Cleveland, GA

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 Volvo XC60

Safety Comparison

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 XC60 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Edge and the XC60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Volvo XC60:

 

Edge

XC60

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

167 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

345 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

232

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

Hip Force

585 lbs.

721 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the XC60:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the XC60 T6:

 

Edge

XC60

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

95.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 XC60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the XC60 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the XC60 (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XC60 (265/40R21 vs. 255/45R20).

The Edge Sport’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 XC60’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XC60’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC60 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the XC60 (112.2 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is .5 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the XC60.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the XC60 T6 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the XC60 T6 (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 XC60 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 XC60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 18.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (113.9 vs. 95).

The Edge has 2.2 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and 5.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30.8 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 67.4 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC60 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XC60 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge Titanium/Sport’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 XC60 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 XC60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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/Sport’s exterior keypad. The XC60 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Edge has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The XC60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport 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 XC60 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Sport’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 XC60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $390 less than the XC60 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the XC60, including $86 less for front brake pads, $33 less for a starter, $52 less for fuel injection and $275 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $1133 to $7435 less than for the Volvo XC60.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XC60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Edge outsold the Volvo XC60 by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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