How about this for timing? The Edge has just collected our coveted Best Crossover of the Year title, beating the likes of the Tiguan and the Koleos in the process. We’d driven the Ford twice recently (Sony tested the Sport and I had the same colour Titanium spec family hauler you see pictured here a few months ago) and having shared both with the rest of the team we all came away firmly believing it was the best CUV on sale today. And now, it has a month to justify that, but it hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts — through no fault of its own I must stress...

Here at wheels HQ we have a tradition to uphold and that is to, unnecessarily, make life as difficult as possible for each other in the name of a cheap laugh. So when I saw that glint in Fadi’s eyes as he gave me the key (he’d been using it to ferry himself around for a week) I should have known that it’d be running on fumes. That was bad enough, but I then noticed that the digital fuel range wasn’t exactly sure how far it could go before running out of juice; the number would read 50km one minute, 75km the next and then drop as low as 15km — this while driving in a straight line without hard braking, meaning there was no reason for the fuel sensor to get confused as the petrol wasn’t slushing around. An end was put to this erratic behaviour once it had chugged back down some good ’ol 95.

With the tank topped to the brim and a very satisfied-looking fuel gauge for company, I set off, foot floored, on to the highway where I was immediately reminded of its impeccable road manners. One of the reasons that the Renault was looked over for the award was that it just didn’t feel as robust as the Ford; faster-moving traffic would see it blown about, while the Volkswagen — albeit solidly built — didn’t seem as refined as our winner.

With a comfortable cabin that easily accommodates a family of five and plenty of luggage space too, the Edge is a practical workhorse; it has a very good V6 producing 283bhp and a slick six-speed auto that sends the grunt to the front. Offering a smooth ride, not to mention loads of standard tech, it’s all you really need from your family car — and it doesn’t look bad as Crossovers go.

We’re bound to come across some drawbacks (no third row…) over the next few weeks, but we’re confident we made the right choice in giving this one the gong.