New Ford Kuga 2020 Review
The new Ford Kuga has been revealed for the very first time in Amsterdam ahead of its official launch in early 2020. It has received some huge updates, with new exterior styling, interior design, new engine variants (including 3 hybrid options) and some fancy new technology ...
New Ford Kuga Exterior Features
Outside, the new Ford Kuga looks very different to the current model. In fact, it closely resembles models like the Focus and Fiesta. The new Kuga has a strong, confident and muscular appearance, with more contoured lines.
It shares the same smart grille, similar headlights and has a hatchback-esque silhouette. At the rear, the Kuga gets a larger, more curved boot, new LED headlights and unique badging and lettering.
The new Kuga comes available in 12 exterior paint colours including Metallic Diffused Silver, Sedona Orange, Blue Panther, Lucid Red and Star White.
New Ford Kuga Interior and Practicality Features
Inside follows a similar design layout to the Focus, as well as a ton of new advanced tech, both standard and optional. It features an iPad-style 8-inch infotainment system that sits right on top of the dash and the same conventional buttons, which contributes to the cars overall clean and stylish design. Applelink Apple car play and Android Auto come as standard. You can have access to WIFI for up to 10 devices, lock and unlock the car remotely via your compatible smartphone device, search for available parking spaces (including costs, opening hours and ratings), and receive real-time traffic information, a system that automatically brings the car to a halt when you drive past traffic light crossings and a self-parking system, all through Ford's latest SYNC 3 infotainment system and Ford Connect - result!
Other key tech features include; wireless phone smartphone charging, analogue dials, gesture control, voice activation, and an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 575-watt B&O premium sound system. Drivers can also pick from a multitude of driving options such as Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, Snow and Sand.
Under the bonnet, the car sits on the same C2 platform as the Focus, offering better stability and dynamics than the previous model. It's wider, rides on a longer wheelbase, has a longer bonnet, sits lower, steeper angle to the windscreen and has a lower sloping roofline, yet Ford say the new Kuga can deliver "class-leading" space for passengers in the rear seats. It weighs 90kg less than the outgoing model, which makes you wonder how Ford managed to increase rear space for passengers and boot capacity.
Thanks to the new rear bench feature, passengers are able to move their seats backwards to either boost passenger space or backwards to add an extended 67-litres to boot capacity. In addition to the rear interior, you can also have the outer seats heated.
“The most practical shape is a box, so you have to balance the practical aspect with the emotional connection. And we’ve done that; we’ve found a good balance that delivers more than the predecessor in terms of space in a package that looks appealing.”
- George Saridakis, Ford of Europe exterior design director
While Ford are still yet to release figures on boot capacity, buyers can expect it to be larger than the current model’s 406-litre boot. Among other things, the cars boot is also extremely practical; it gets a reversible floor with mud flaps and back seats that fold away remotely. The Kuga offers a maximum towing capacity of 2,250kgs - 450kgs - which is more than the Nissan Qashqai.
New Ford Kuga Trim Levels
The new Ford Kuga will come available in a variety of trims - including the luxurious Titanium, the sporty ST Line version and the top spec Vignale. Some examples of features found at each of these trims can be seen in the table below;
New Ford Kuga Trim Levels
|front skid plate||body-colored bumpers and side-skirts||aluminum roof rails|
|rear diffuser||black roof rails||new bumper designs|
|body-colored side view mirrors||rear spoiler||new mesh grille|
|LED daytime running lights||standard 18-inch wheels||leather upholstery|
|wheel sizing up to 20 inches in diameter||flat-bottom steering wheel||leather-wrapped heated steering wheel|
New Ford Kuga Engines & Hybrid Options
The new Kuga comes available with four petrol and diesel engines: a front-wheel drive 120hp 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel and a 190hp 2.0-litre diesel. Fuel consumption promises between 50-60mpg. Buyers can select from either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The 1.5-litre petrol engines either deliver 118 or 148hp and claims C02 emissions of 36-50mpg.
The big news however is the addition of three hybrid variants: a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that comes equipped with an electric motor to produce 225hp and gets a fuel economy of 235mpg. It is the perfect SUV for buyers who live and regularly commute into London, particularly because it emits low C02 emissions and is free from paying charges like the capital’s Congestion Charge. When the battery of the Kuga is fully charged, it has a range of more than 30-miles.
The second is a self-charging hybrid version that claims a very impressive fuel economy, delivering 50.4mpg. Buyers will be able to select from front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models.
The third option is the mild-hybrid EcoBlue diesel. It uses a 150hp 2.0-litre petrol engine and the immediate torque response of a 48v technology to improve fuel efficiency, delivering 56.5mpg.
Prices are expected to start from £24,000, and is set to go on sale in December 2019. The plug-in hybrid version will arrive in spring 2020.
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