The Ford Edge is one of the most comfortable, practical crossovers on sale in the UAE today. The fact that it was named Crossover of the Year at our recent annual awards is testimony to its brilliance. Being a family man, that’s a huge draw for me, especially the capacious rear compartment and the softly sprung suspension. However, being a petrolhead at the same time, my choices are always driven more by the mechanical abilities of a car than its creature comforts.

Even in this regard, the Edge is a winner. While the soft suspension and the rather plain interior are characteristics of a boring people mover, I must admit the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is peppy enough to lug the Edge along gracefully and effortlessly. While it’s way less powerful than the eight- and six-cylinder blocks I love in my favourite rides, it’s good enough for duties in a family car. And it does help the Edge justifies its sporty posturing and complements the sense of excitement suggested by the burnt orange paint job.