The compact crossover SUV market is taking off with car manufacturers falling over each other to come up with the perfect formula to unseat each other.
Ford made a big play for throne by launching the Kuga in 2012, and since then has gone from strength to strength with sharper pricing and a more efficient powertrain.
We took the Kuga for a spin to see how it stacked up.
From the outside, Ford’s Kinetic Design has created an aggressive stance for the Kuga featuring sleek lines that enhance its on-road presence. Jumping in, Ford has put all their effort into making a cabin that boasts all the creature comforts you would expect, and a few nice extra touches – including DAB+ digital radio and Ford’s SYNC multimedia system.
Even in the diesel form tested, turbo lag is barely noticeable from a standstill. The Kuga is smooth away from the line and power delivery will send you hurtling down the road.
Special mention should go to the speed limiter, which stops power being sent to the engine beyond a set speed, and is a fantastic addition to the cruise controls ¬– a handy back up to stop you from going over the speed limit.
The nifty ‘kick-activated’ powered tailgate opens the boot for you without having to use your hands; perfect for when you’re carrying a lot of gear. Optional on Trend models and standard on the Titanium, it’s the topper on Kuga’s long list of handy tricks.
Fuel consumption is good, thanks to an efficient engine and Ford EcoMode – Ford says 6.3L/100km on a combined cycle of highway and city driving; the on-board trip computer gave me a reading of 9.0l/100km in the heart of the city – dropping down on the highway. A more controlled right foot will be able to lower this even further, and the diesel really is the way to go for frugal drivers.
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