Rivervale's Guide to the Ford Kuga
The Ford introduced the Kuga in 2008 adding a compact SUV to their line-up. Petrol versions features Ford EcoBoost engines guaranteed to provide the perfect balance between economy and power and there’s a trim level to suit every need whether you would lika a luxurious model, sporty SUV or something extra special. The Ford Kuga has been updated for 2017.
Our Marketing Manger took a look around the top of the range Ford Kuga Vignale …
Exterior Features of the Ford Kuga
The Ford Kuga has a strong, confident appearance. Smooth contours and flowing lines serve two purposes, creating a stylish look and aerodynamic efficiency. To further improve efficiency the Kuga has an Active Grille Shutter System which will stop air flow to the cooling system reducing aerodynamic drag by up to 6%. Adaptive lighting with Bi-Xenon headlights ensure the correct lighting pattern for the road ahead and bends around corners giving the driver a clear view of the road ahead.
Interior Features of the Ford Kuga
Inside surfaces are all soft touch creating a comfortable cabin. An optional panoramic roof can flood the inside space with light. Lowering the rear seats provides up to 1603 litres of boot space. Ford SYNC 3 with voice control provides an easy way to manage calls, navigation and music with an 8” touchscreen and the ability to recognise pinch and swipe gestures. A Quickclear heated windscreen creates an effortless way to get on the road in the winter months with an optional heated steering wheel to keep your hands warm on your journey!
Driver Aids and Safety
Ford always pack their vehicles with the latest in safety features and driver aids with the Kuga you will find;
- Active City Stop – if you are travelling under 30 mph and the car in front brakes unexpectedly, the Kuga will recognise the danger and automatically apply the brakes for you.
- Ford SYNC mergency Assistance – no driver ever wants to imagine a time when they are in an accident, but Ford’s Emergency Assistance is there for if the unthinkable ever happens. If airbags are activated or the fuel pump deactivated your Kuga will call the emergency services. You can allow this all to continue or stop the call if you do not need help. This service means no time is lost in getting emergency help if it is needed, even if you are unconscious, and can even provide the exact location of your car.
- MyKey – for all those who need to share their Kuga you can remain in control of a few things. You can set a maximum speed, control audio volume and set seatbelt reminders for others who use your car.
- Cross Traffic Alert – this feature is invaluable when reversing out of a space, the surrounding area is checked for pedestrians or other vehicles and an alert given if you are in danger of a collision.
- Blind Spot Monitoring – RADAR sensors scan the area to the side of the Kuga out of your view and will illuminate a light on the corresponding wing mirror is you need to be aware of any approaching vehicles.
- Driver Alert – The Kuga will monitor your usual driving habits and if there are any changes to the norm that could be due to fatigue a warning icon will illuminate on the dashboard to give you a friendly reminder to take a break.
- Intelligent All-Wheel Drive- in the Kuga this system will automatically adjust grip, cornering, balance and responsiveness to match the current road conditions reducing your risk of losing control.
- Forward Camera System – the Kuga is equipped with a forward-facing camera that will read the road ahead supporting driver aids such as; lane keeping, driver alert, auto high beams and traffic sign recognition.
- Active Park Assist and Rear View Camera – take the stress out of parking by letting the Kuga do it for you! Or watch your progress on rear view cameras.
There are 6 engines to choose from. Three are petrol engines all with the 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine with a power choice of 120PS, 150PS or 180PS. There are three diesel engines the 1.5 litre TDCI with 120 PS and the 2.0 litre TDCI engine with a 150 PS or 180 PS power choice. The most frugal engine is the 120PS 1.5 TDCI with up to 64.2 mpg and emissions of 115g/km. The fastest is the 2.0 litre 180PS TDCI engine with a maximum speed of 126 mph and the fastest 0-60 mph time of 9.2 seconds.
The Ford Kuga begins with the entry level Zetec. A Kuga Titanium offers added luxury, the ST-Line version is for those who like a sporty look and the Vignale is for when only the very best is good enough! Examples of features included in each trim level are shown below.
Ford Kuga Trim Levels
|Zetec||Titanium, in addition to Zetec features||ST-Line, in addition to Titanium features||Vignale|
|17" Alloys||Auto headlights||18" Alloys||Unique Ford vignale styling|
|Heated door mirrors||Auto windscreen wipers||Full body styling kit||Vignale metallic paint|
|Cruise control and speed limiter||Rear parking distance sensors||Black finish roof rails||18" Alloys|
|Manual air con||Puddle lights||Sports suspension||Active Park Assist|
|Ford SYNC||Keyless entry||Front parking sensors||10 way power adjustable drivers seat|
|4.2" TFT screen||Ford SYNC 3||Enhanced Active Park Assist||Heated front seats|
|Quickclear heated windscreen||8" TFT screen||Aluminium finish foot pedals||Hands free tailgate|
|MyKey||Electronic parking brake||Nine premium Sony speakers|
|Keyless start||Dual zone electronic temperature control||Ambient lighting|
On top of the standard features for each trim level are a multitude of options including; blind spot monitoring, hands free tailgate and heated steering wheel.
Which Ford Kuga would you choose?
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13 September 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy