Ford Kuga is a car that will be facing a lot of competition in compact SUV segment but this car producer is hoping they will tackle all of the obstacles and succeed in making good sales. Kuga was produced for Australian market to be a replacement for Escape which was getting toward the end of its lifecycle. However, Kuga was too expensive to make some significant sales but it made road for the second generation model which was supposed to make better results. Second generation Kuga made better results but it needed to be updated so 2015 Kuga was released to fix small problems. There are 6 different variants to choose from, form FWD and AWD Ambiente to Trend and Titanium versions that are available in AWD.
Kuga is now on sales worldwide and Ford needed some time to make high output diesel engine which most of the buyers on these markets preferred. Kuga now has both petrol and diesel engines and company hopes that will boost its sales.
Powertrain for Kuga consist of already mentioned petrol and diesel engines. Petrol engine is Ecoboost 1.5 liter one and it can produce 148 horsepower with FWD or 179 horsepower as AWD version. Diesel powertrain consists of 2.0 liter mid range engine that can produce 148 horsepower and it is the same for AWD or FWD, and 178 horsepower 2.0 TDCi engine that come with FWD only. They come with manual gearbox but you can get them with automatic gearbox because they have optional automatic shifter.
Interior design didn’t suffer a lot of changes. There are a lot of buttons inside and it can be a bit hard to get your way around all of that, but there is a bit toggle switch that drivers use to control menu on the console screen. However, Ford still didn’t make it as good as its main rivals such as Qasqai and Mazda CX-5. There is a lot of space and it is very comfortable on the inside of this car and the driving seat is positioned to get you a nice ride. Load space is a bit smaller than the one of the competition but rear seats can easily be folded to provide more load space. Outside didn’t change a lot so Kuga remains pretty slick on the outside. It has a great stance and sharp edges and it looks very sporty, and in addition to this Kuga also has great road holding.
This car is already on the market and it is sold in previously mentioned versions. The price starts from around $41.000 and it goes up for higher trims.
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