Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium 2WD Diesel 5 door MPV (2015) at Ford Canterbury

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Make motoring easier with Automatic Headlights and Rain Sensing Wipers, plus this Kuga comes with Cruise Control, Keyless Start, Rear Parking Sensors, One-Touch Electric Windows, a Heated Windscreen, Bluetooth, Dual Zone Climate Control and a CD / DAB Radio with USB and AUX in. Qualifies for Warranty4Life*

15/01/2016

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Diesel 60.1 combined MPG

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CO2: 122 g/km

MPG: 60.1

V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets, Electric front and rear windows + one touch + global open/closing, Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Tailgate wash/wipe

Brakes

ABS/EBD, Electric traction assist system, ESP+EBA, Hill start assist, Roll stability control

Carpets/Rugs

Front/rear floor mats

Communication

Ford SYNC bluetooth connection with advanced voice control and USB port

Driver Aids

EPAS

Driver Convenience

'Ford Power' starter button

Driver Information

SYNC Emergency Assistance, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming rear view mirror, Electrically heated door mirrors

Entertainment

8 speakers, Auxiliary socket for external device, Remote audio controls on steering wheel, SYNC 2 DAB radio with colour touch screen

Exterior Body Features

Body colour bumpers, Body colour rear spoiler, Rear diffuser, Scuff plates, Twin exhaust pipes

Exterior Lights

Automatic headlights, Front fog lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

2nd row air vents, Dual electronic automatic temperature control

Interior Features

4 spoke leather steering wheel with silver accents, Auxiliary power socket in luggage area, Centre console with stowage tray/bottle holder/CD stowage/front and rear 12V power point, Folding rear centre armrest with storage compartment + cupholders, Leather gearknob, Part leather upholstery, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Stowage unit in upper instrument panel, Tie down hooks, Tonneau cover

Interior Lights

Footwell courtesy lights front and rear, Front overhead courtesy lights with theatre style dimming and delay, Front/rear reading lights, Variable intensity instrument illumination

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats, Driver and passenger airbags, Driver and passenger side airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Intelligent Protection System (IPS), Tyre pressure monitoring system

Seats

60/40 split/folding rear back and cushion, Driver/front passenger manual lumbar adjust, Driver/passenger front seatback pockets, Driver/passenger seats fore/aft adjustment, Front head restraints, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Manual height adjustable front seats, Rear head restraints, Sports style front seats

Security

Immobiliser, Keyless Start, Locking wheel nuts, Remote central locking, Thatcham Cat 1 volume sensing perimeter alarm

Wheels - Spare

Mini steel spare wheel

General

Badge Engine CC: 2.0
Badge Power: 150
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: TDCi 150 2WD
Coin Series: Titanium
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 70
NCAP Safety Assist %: 100
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 125000
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.022
CO2 (g/km): 122
HC: N
HC+NOx: 0.094
Noise Level dB(A): 71
NOx: 0.057
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1997
Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 85
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 88
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
EC Urban (mpg): 52.3

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.1
Engine Power - BHP: 150
Engine Power - KW: 110
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 273
Engine Torque - MKG: 37.7
Engine Torque - NM: 370
Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
Top Speed: 121

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Space Saver?: True
Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style: 5X2 SPOKE
Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1689
Height (including roof rails): 1703
Length: 4524
Wheelbase: 2690
Width: 1838
Width (including mirrors): 2077

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2250
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1603
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 406
Max. Loading Weight: 711
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1539
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

THE GETAWAY CAR (new2) 11/11/2016

Ford's Kuga has sharpened up its act in this improved second generation guise. Jonathan Crouch checks out what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The Ford Kuga has evolved in this improved second generation form into a more desirable proposition that'll be equally attractive to Qashqai-like Crossover and RAV4-style soft roading SUV buyers. The single five-seat bodystyle is properly family-sized and gets some clever technology that segment buyers will like. In other words, if you're shopping in this sector, here's a car you have to consider.

Background

By now, you ought to be pretty familiar with the second generation Ford Kuga. You are, right? It's like the first generation car but bigger, more efficient and smarter inside. There's still no seven seat option, but Ford reckoned that this was something only a small percentage of compact SUV buyers actually wanted. The latest model has come in for a bit of a wash and brush-up, with a restyled front end, extra safety tech and lots of fresh media connectivity inside. Otherwise, it's much as you were. The Kuga established its reputation as being one of the best compact SUVs to drive and this one should be no different. At first glance then, the news seems all good.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, things are much as before, which means that the petrol range is based around a 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, though this unit is now available in three guises. The 120 and 150PS versions of this unit are familiar, allied exclusively to front wheel drive. If you want more, there's a top 176PS variant of this unit, which can only be ordered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and AWD. Many Kuga buyers though, are going to want a diesel. Possibly the 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi unit that only comes with front wheel drive. But more probably the 2.0 TDCi engine that kicks off with a 120PS front-driven auto-only variant. Most Kuga customers though, opt for the 2.0 TDCi diesel in 150PS form, because in this guise, they're offered the choice of either front or four wheel drive, manual or Powershift automatic transmission. If you want more power, there's a 2.0 TDCi 180PS variant at the top of the range that only comes with AWD. This has always been one of the very best family-sized SUVs to choose if you like your driving. There's a torque vectoring control system to reduce the sort of understeer you'd expect in a car of this type and the Kuga has always performed well in terms of ride quality and refinement.

Design and Build

This improved Kuga features Ford's latest design language for a bolder, sportier look that's shared with the company's EcoSport compact SUV and Edge large SUV models. A large upper trapezoidal grille and a smaller lower grille are flanked by sleeker headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights. Restyled taillights complete the changes, along with revised alloy wheels, available in 17, 18 or 19-inch rims. Inside, the updates are subtle, but quite effective. So the steering wheel and air-conditioning controls are more intuitive and feature fewer and more easily distinguishable buttons and switches, making the controls easier to recognise and navigate. The steering wheel is offered with optional heating to improve comfort in cold weather, while all automatic Kuga models now feature paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to manually select gears while keeping their hands on the wheel. Extra convenience features include an electronic parking brake that frees up room for improved storage in a centre console that now also features a storage area capable of accommodating a variety of bottles and cups. There's also a new USB connection point for integrating and charging mobile devices. Otherwise, things are much as before. Which means that inside, there's decent headroom all round and reasonable rear legroom too. Out back, there's a 438-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices see a starting point of just over £23,000, rising up to around £37,000. You get a lot of technology for that though, in this current model. Take the 'SYNC 3' connectivity system. It delivers fast performance and supports the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone connectivity systems, so you can use your favourite apps on the dashboard's 8-inch colour touchcreen. This Kuga also features Ford's Perpendicular Parking technology that helps drivers park handsfree in spaces alongside other cars. Plus there's the 'Active City Stop' collision avoidance system. And Ford's 'Adaptive Front Lighting System' for optimised visibility in low light. Further advanced technologies include a 'Hands-Free Liftgate' powered rear hatch that you can activate by waving your foot beneath the bumper. The latest generation 'Ford MyKey' technology allows Kuga owners to programme a key for younger drivers that can inhibit incoming phone calls, restrict top speed, prevent deactivation of driver assistance and safety features, reduce audio system maximum volume and disable the audio system altogether if occupants are not using safety belts. The MyKey system also offers a great number of choices in both the speed limiter and speed minder settings. It's all very reassuring.

Cost of Ownership

Ford has pulled out all the stops to try and make this Kuga competitively efficient. For example, an Active Grille Shutter is fitted to all versions. This closes the front grille, reducing aerodynamic drag when the radiator isn't in need of additional cooling and then reopens it upon demand. Auto-Start-Stop is also standard across the range. Features like an Eco Mode and a Gear Shift Indicator help keep your right boot out of the carpet. The figures generated though, are a little way behind the best that comparable mid-sized competitors can manage. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol variant manages 35.3mpg on the combined cycle in both 120 and 150PS guises. And 160g/km of CO2 (120PS) and 164g/km (150PS). Go for the 1.5 EcoBoost 182PS variant and those figures fall to 29.1mpg and 209g/km. As for the diesels, well the 1.5 TDCi powerplant manages 46.3mpg and 137g/km. And the front-driven 2.0 TDCi 150PS model manages 39.2mpg and 151g/km - or 39.2mpg and 164g/km if you order it with AWD. With the top 2.0 TDCi 180PS AWD derivative, it's 37.7mpg and 181g/km.

Summary

Ford has finally got serious about the SUV market and its three offerings now effectively cover this growing market. This Kuga certainly needs to appeal to a lot of different countries if it's to earn its corn and while some have grumbled that it doesn't feel particularly tailored to UK buyers, that's something we're going to have to get used to. Sales haven't been bad, so Ford's clearly doing something right. The latest model becomes more sophisticated and gets a bit more kit but otherwise, the script doesn't change radically. If you want to make a style statement, you'll still keep saving for a Discovery Sport. Otherwise, the Kuga is still one of the very best compact SUVs for those who love to drive.

A CLEVERER KUGA (used) 24/02/2017

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The Ford Kuga evolved in second generation form into a larger, more practical and more efficient proposition that on the used market will be equally attractive to Qashqai-like Crossover and RAV4-style soft roading SUV buyers. The single five-seat bodystyle is properly family-sized and gets some clever technology that segment buyers will like. Here, we're looking at the original 2013 to 2016 version of the MK2 model.

Models

5dr SUV (1.6 EcoBoost - 150PS & 180PS / 1.5 EcoBoost - 150PS & 180PS / 2.0 TDCi 140PS, 150PS, 163PS, 180PS - 2WD & AWD) [Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X])

History

For a company that has counted on sports utility vehicles for such a huge proportion of its global earnings, Ford has had a surprisingly patchy track record with the things in the UK - until 2008 and the arrival of the first generation version of this model, the Kuga. Back then, so-called 'Crossover' vehicles - cars with the styling of an SUV and the sense of a family hatchback - were an emerging trend that almost every brand has since had to follow. This one copied the approach of Nissan Qashqai-class alternatives but added a butch-er look and a better driving experience, a combination that saw Ford garner over 45,000 UK sales in less than four years before the arrival of this MK2 model early in 2013. The priorities here weren't difficult for Ford designers to tie down. Second generation Kuga buyers wanted their cars to be more efficient. And they needed them to be bigger. After all, in the original version of this model, luggage room and rear seat cabin space were inferior to that of most compact family hatchbacks - which simply wasn't good enough for a car of this size and class. Fortunately, the solution lay in a direction Ford was going anyway. The Blue Oval bean counters had already decreed that the second generation Kuga would be a global design that, badged over the Atlantic as the 'Ford Escape', must also satisfy the larger needs of North American buyers. In other words, it was always going to be bigger. The extra size brought with it an extra presence and perceived purpose that, visually at least, positioned this design not only as a Qashqai Crossover competitor but also as a car you might take seriously against soft roading SUVs like, say, Toyota's RAV4 or a Honda's CR-V. In other words, this MK2 Kuga had wider appeal. It was certainly cleverer and more affordable to run. But then, plenty of other similarly targeted cars from this era make similar claims. This one sold until a heavily facelifted version was launched early in 2016.

What You Get

Though this second generation Kuga design shares many of the aesthetic cues that characterised its predecessor - the headlights for example and the rising belt line - it's also very much its own car - and very much larger too, 81mm longer than the original. There were lots of reasons why this second generation version needed to be bigger - with the need for extra interior space being just one of them. For one thing, this design needed to serve as a replacement for the pretty large Escape SUV model that prior to 2013, Ford had been offering in the States. For another, in Europe, it needed to distance itself from the slightly smaller EcoSport crossover that the Blue Oval brand launched in 2014. This MK2 model Kuga was certainly a global car in every sense, the chassis built in Cologne, the powertrain in Dagenham and the upper body and interior in Detroit, with final assembly for this Kuga in Valencia, Spain. All very interesting to industry analysts no doubt, but you'll be wanting to know just how this Kuga will serve as everyday family transport. The old MK1 version wasn't much good for larger families, offering standards of rear seat passenger room and luggage space inferior to many compact family hatches. At launch, we wondered whether this second generation was going to be able to do better, mindful of the fact that it was still based on Focus underpinnings and shared exactly the same wheelbase as its predecessor. The answer was that the designers had packaged this MK2 model much better. Though the new design's extra length wasn't enough to permit the fitment of the kind of third row seating that some rivals offered, the rear seat did now provide the kind of comfortable space for two (or if they're friendly, three) adults that could be found in rivals like Nissan's Qashqai, Toyota's RAV4 or Honda's CR-V. There was decent headroom too, despite this car being 8mm lower than before - and buyers got the benefit of seatbacks that could be reclined for greater comfort on longer journeys. Those reclining seatbacks have an impact on luggage space of course in a boot area you can access with a hands-free tailgate system that can be opened or closed simply by a kicking motion beneath the bumper - assuming the original buyer paid extra for that feature. Ideal if you're approaching the car heavily laden with shopping bags. Once inside, you'll find 438-litres of space if the seatbacks are in a fully reclined position - about 10% more than the MK1 model could manage and about the same amount more than, say, a Toyota RAV4. Make the seatbacks more upright and you can increase the space available to 481-litres. Or 492-litres if you re-position the adjustable load floor to its lowest setting. Plus of course you can fold the seatbacks flat, a neat operation that needs just a pull on the seat-mounted lever that sees the rear backrests flip and fold forward. The result isn't a totally flat load area but it is quite a large one with at least 1,615-litres of space, a massive 260-litres more than was available in the first generation version of this car and nearly double what you'd get in a comparable Nissan Qashqai. It all puts this MK2 model's growth into perspective. At the wheel, the dashboard layout is likely to be familiar if you've driven one of Ford's Focus or C-MAX models from this era. As with those designs, there a winged dial pack and extensive use of brightwork finishes across the fascia. An infotainment system too, though this one doesn't offer a touchscreen set-up, instead operated by a controller that's a bit of a reach away. Still, it all feels of decent quality and though the dash top feels a little scratchy, most of the rest of the fascia is built from smart soft-touch materials.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

In our owner survey, we came across plenty of owners who loved their Kugas. Inevitably, though, there were a few buyers who'd had problems. A known problem is water leaking to the driver's side front footwell; apparently, this is caused by a water outlet pipe in the air conditioning being blocked. One owner also reported a leak in his car's roof above the rear passenger driver's side seat. One owner had an oil cooler fault which led to oil leaking out and the need for a new engine. And another reported an intermittent tapping noise from behind the dashboard. We came across reports of a creaking driver's door, a sticking power tailgate, sticking door locks and a faulty handbrake. Look out for all these things, as well as the usual signs of unwise off road use.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2013 Kuga 2.0 TDCi 140PS ex vat): Brake pads are between £9 and £17, though you can pay in the £30 to £35 bracket for pricier brands. Brake discs will cost around £67. Air filters sell in the £8 to £16 bracket. A wiper blade costs in the £5 to £8 bracket, but you could pay up to around £30 for a pricier brand. A water pump will cost you around £55 to £65 to replace. A radiator is just under £140. Shock absorbers are around £120. And a timing belt is in the £33 tp £53 bracket, though you could pay up to around £80 or even as much as around £125 for a pricier make.

On the Road

Making a car bigger is not usually a recipe for improving its on-road dynamics. Quite the reverse in fact. Which might be a cause for concern if the reason you chose the first generation version of this model was the way it felt almost as sharp as a Focus to drive. But loyal Kuga customers needn't fret too much. This second generation version might not have quite the same sheer 'chuckability' as its predecessor, but it's still a class-leading driver's car. If we had to sum up the difference with this MK2 model, we'd say that it grew up a bit - become a bit mellower - with a personality changed towards something a bit more family-friendly. A bit like a mate you've known for ages who's just had kids. He's still fun, just a bit more measured in his outlook. This car still knows how to thread a series of corners together though. Yes, the chassis feels a little softer in an attempt to give what is still a very firm set-up a bit of extra suppleness over poor surfaces - a change that Kuga regulars might feel has meant the sacrifice of that extra enth of body control. Plusher variants came fitted with the desirable 'Ford Stability Control' package. This includes 'Roll Stability Control' to keep that bodyroll in check. And, perhaps most significantly, 'Curve Control'. What's 'Curve Control'? Well, it's there to act as a safeguard should you get carried away with this Kuga's dynamic prowess and enter a bend with too much speed - say on a curved sliproad coming off a motorway. Hit a situation like this without reducing speed sufficiently and Curve Control can step in and safely slow the vehicle down by around 10mph per second. It does wonders for your peace of mind. But then, this is already a car that instils driving confidence. Like many of Ford's modern-era models, this one features two clever systems - Torque Vectoring Control and Enhanced Dynamic Cornering Control - both designed to help get its power onto the tarmac more effectively, something you really notice when turning hard through a tight bend, a time when you also note the surprisingly feelsome nature of the electric power steering. And a time where, if you've specified it, you'll also begin to appreciate the tarmac benefits of the 'intelligent all-wheel-drive' system that was freshly developed for this second generation Kuga. For the MK1 model, the Blue Oval's engineers bought in the same off-the-shelf Haldex 4WD system that many other brands used at the time, able to divert all power to the front until a lack of traction prompted a proportion of drive to be diverted rearwards. The replacement in-house 'Intelligent AWD' set-up that Ford introduced on this second generation design works in a very similar way but offers the added benefit of an AWD information screen showing you at any given time on a bar graph just how much torque is being sent to each wheel. As before, the power distribution is a process that's completely seamless - so if you find yourself somewhere slippery and need a bit of extra traction, it's all automatically done for you and there are no fiddly knobs, buttons or levers to manipulate. The result is welcome peace of mind on the kind of wet or icy mornings that'll make you glad you chose this car rather than something more conventional. It's on days like these that you might also be glad you opted for the full-on 4WD version, though to be fair, a front-driven 2WD model might be almost as good fitted with a set of winter tyres. Your call. What you shouldn't expect this car to be is any kind of serious off roader - there isn't the ground clearance for that. But it'll be quite up to taking on rutted forest tracks and muddy carparks. Quite up to the towing duties that many will assign to it too thanks to a clever Trailer Sway Control system and the torquey nature of the engines on offer - 340Nm of pulling power being available from the 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesels that most customers will choose. There's a choice of two, developing either 140 or 163PS. These units were respectively uprated to 150 and 180PS in 2015. There's the option of either two or four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox or a twin-clutch Powershift auto transmission. Go for a manual and rest to sixty two mph takes around 10.5s on the way to around 117mph in the lower-powered 140PS version, figures you can improve to 9.9s and 123mph in the 163PS model. The alternative route for buyers is petrol power, something that was only available in the previous MK1 model Kuga with a thirsty 200PS 2.5-litre engine that almost nobody bought. That changed with the availability in this MK2 model of a couple of 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines offering 150PS with manual transmission or 180PS as an automatic. These were replaced in 2015 by 150 and 180PS 1.5-litre units that were much the same. Either way, these EcoBoost powerplants really do make a lot of sense if your annual mileage isn't high enough to justify the upfront price premium of a diesel. OK, so the pulling power on offer - 240Nm - isn't as great as you'd find in a TDCi, but if you're not a tower, you ought to find the performance on offer to be quite sufficient, rest to sixty two mph occupying 9.7s in both cases. The pokier unit does have a slightly higher top speed though, 124 rather than 121mph and comes only with AWD and auto transmission. The 150PS engine is front-driven with 2WD. Whatever unit you choose, refinement is impressive, thanks to double door seals and foam baffles for the B-pillars.

Overall

When this MK2 model Kuga was introduced in 2013, it was clear that at last, Ford had got serious about SUVs. Like its contemporaries from this era, it's aimed at the urban, rather than the Amazon jungle, but unlike rival contenders, it can reward on twisty tarmac as well as straight stuff, capability enhanced by some clever roll stability and curve technology. In fact, there's so much clever stuff here. Depending on specification, this car can park itself, raise its tailgate for you, brake to avoid an accident and even automatically call for help after a crash. The most important changes that Ford made with this MK2 design though, were fundamental ones. More frugal, cleaner powerplants. A proper petrol option for the first time and, most importantly, a cabin that now at last was properly big enough for family duties. In other words, Ford's global mid-sized SUV has been as thoroughly thought through as you would expect it to have been.

ONE FOR THE ROAD (family) 11/11/2016

Seemingly every major manufacturer has a family Crossover product nowadays. June Neary tries Ford's. It's called the Kuga and in improved second generation form, it's good to drive as well as family-friendly

Will It Suit Me?

The Qashqai-class family Crossover is a type of car that you either like or loath. With this sort of model, either the aggressive grilles, flared wheelarches and questionable ability to tame mother nature's harshest terrain speak to you on a primeval level - or you'll think it's all a bit silly and over the top. Of course, there are different degrees of 'Crossovery-ness' and these days, the boundary between this kind of car and a proper 4x4 SUV has never been blurrier. Perhaps the non-believers should take another look at this controversial class of vehicle? If there's any model with the qualities to persuade them, then I think Ford's Kuga must have a chance. The Kuga puts up very little pretence of off-road ability. Instead, Ford has taken the refreshing approach of creating a car of his kind that's designed to reward at the wheel - a rare attribute in this class. Despite that, buyers still get the usual Crossover class virtues, namely a high driving position and the easy access of a 4x4 SUV thanks to a tall shape and raised ride height. There's also the option of 4x4 transmission that will allow the car to tackle the gravel driveways and grassy banks owners might occasionally encounter while also providing enhanced grip on the tarmac. Importantly, however, by doing without the heavy-duty suspension needed for serious off-road driving and borrowing its underpinnings from the Ford Focus hatchback, the Kuga has the pedigree for a car-like driving experience. All that remains to be seen is how it stacks up in the real world.

Practicalities

The Kuga's looks are certainly appealing. Ford has managed to strike a neat balance between the cute and the sporty with the aggressive angles of its bold front end and the compact, stocky proportions of the vehicle as a whole. The interior is similarly easy to like with lots of classy chrome and aluminium finishes, particularly on the up-spec models, and controls that are straightforward to master. Space in the front is fine and rear legroom is much better than the previous generation version of this car could offer. In the cargo area, you'll find 406-litres of space if the seatbacks are in a fully reclined position. Plus of course you can fold the seatbacks flat, a neat operation that needs just a pull on the seat-mounted lever that sees the rear backrests flip and fold forward. The result isn't a totally flat load area but it is quite a large one with at least 1,603-litres of space, much more than you'd get in a comparable Nissan Qashqai.

Behind the Wheel

Most of the versions that people actually buy are powered by a Ford 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. This unit has either 150PS or a rounder-looking 180PS. The difference between the performance of the two versions of this engine isn't great, with even the lower-powered option managing sixty from rest in around 10.1s on the way to 121mph flat out in 2WD form. There's also a lower-powered 1.5-litre TDCi 120PS diesel option, if funds are tighter. The green pump alternative is Ford's 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 120 or 150PS as a 2WD manual or 182PS as an AWD automatic. The lower-powered option might even make more sense than the diesel for lower mileage owners. Fuel economy shouldn't keep prospective owners awake at night. In AWD guise, the 150PS 2.0 TDCi engine returns a healthy 54.3mpg and carbon dioxide emissions are a similarly benign 135g/km. Go for the lighter 2WD model and these figures are improved to 60.1mpg and 122g/km. The front-driven 150PS 1.5-litre petrol version manages 45.6mpg and 143g/km.

Value For Money

If, having considered all of this, you conclude that it is indeed a Kuga that you really want, then you'll expect it to be well equipped. And by and large, whichever five-door five-seat, two or four-wheel drive, manual or automatic variant you decide upon - 1.5T petrol EcoBoost or 2.0 TDCi diesel - you shouldn't be disappointed. Alloy wheels, daytime running lights, front foglights, a Quickclear heated windscreen, powered heated mirrors, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm, decent quality 6-speaker CD stereo system, air conditioning, cruise control and a hill start assist system to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions are all standard.

Could I Live With One?

Crossover models of this kind have developed into a bit of a touchy subject over the last few years. Are they really all style over substance? This Kuga offers a credible answer to that query. It's efficient, practical and surprisingly good to drive. If you're shopping in this segment, it needs to be on your list.

Ford Kuga average rating: 4.5/5 (70 reviews)

- 04/10/19, owner of a Ford Kuga 5 Door Titanium Edition 1.5L Ford EcoBoost 150PS 6 Speed Automatic

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
I just love my new Ford Kuga. It is very comfortable to drive and fuel efficient.

- 15/10/19, owner of a Ford Kuga 5 Door ST-Line Edition 2.0L TDCi 180PS 6 Speed PowerShift Automatic AWD

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
What a car and what customer service. Fantastic.

- 21/10/19, owner of a Ford Kuga 5 Door ST-Line Edition 1.5L Ford EcoBoost 176PS 6 Speed Automatic 2019

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
This is my third Kuga and the first petrol version. Very nice to drive, giving very smooth ride. Plenty of room both inside and boot.

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