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Review: The Mighty Ford Kuga

October 9, 2014

Powerful, refined and stylish are all words used to describe the new Ford Kuga – the car giants smartest SUV yet. Launched in 2008, Fords offering to the mid-sized SUV market is now bigger and better than before – and today we’re finding out what all the fuss is about!

  • Available with gutsy economical diesel engines
  • Good value throughout the range, with a starting price of just £21,000
  • All models are spacious and well equipped

Design

The new Ford Kuga is bigger than its previous incarnation – but it hasn’t sacrificed its looks with this change in size. A muscular front end gives the sporty SUV its characteristic robust appearance, while a sleek rear end completes the impressive exterior design. The Kuga is available in four different spec levels – Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X and Titanium X Sport. The cabin is spacious and comfortable for both the driver and passengers, with generous legroom for back seat passengers and an impressive optional panoramic sunroof. Higher end models have a cabin with a seriously classy aesthetic – including high quality plastics as standard.

Features

The entry level Zetec model Ford Kuga comes with a range of impressive equipment, such as air-con, hill-start assist, four electric windows and cruise control. The Titanium model comes with an upgraded infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, the Ford SYNC phone voice-control system and a DAB radio. Should you get your hands on the range topping Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport, you’ll be able to enjoy features such as active park assist, a rear-view camera and a neat ‘hands-free’ tailgate, which can be opened by simply waving your foot under the bumper – ideal when loading heavy objects.

Performance

There are four different engines available in the Ford Kuga. The 2.0-litre diesel comes in punchy 138 and 161 bhp outputs, both of which are more than capable of overcoming the most difficult off-road conditions while keeping economy in mind. The 1.6-litre turbocharged ecoboost petrol engine offers outstanding performance, taking you from 0-62mph in just 9.7 seconds, with either 148 or 176bhp – both of which have eco-friendly start-stop technology. If you’re concerned with running costs, we’d recommend the front-wheel-drive Ford Kuga with a 2.0-litre diesel engine – returning an environmentally friendly 53.4mpg and emitting just 139g/km of CO2.

The Ford Kuga is priced competitively, with base models starting at just £21,000 – while a range-topping Titanium X Sport will set you back £32,510. If you fancy getting your hands on your own Ford Kuga, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We’re experts when it comes to Ford Kuga finance and can help you find the best offer, regardless of your credit score –  try our easy to use car loan calculator and see how much you could save today!

 

 

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.