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Ford KUGA ESTATE 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD

Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
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Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD
Ford KUGA 1.5 EcoBoost 120 Zetec 5dr 2WD

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG45.60
  • 0-62mph12.6 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02143 g/km
  • BHP120
  • Torque177 lbs/f
  • P11D29%

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.

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

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.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Body colour bumpers
Body colour rear spoiler
Daytime running lights
Electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
Electrically operated front and rear windows with global closing
Front fog lights
Halogen headlights
Quickclear heated windscreen
Tailgate wash/wipe
Towbar preparation
Twin exhausts and rear diffuser
Safety
Manual rear child locks
3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats
ABS/EBD
Airbags - front driver/passenger, front & rear side, curtain, drivers knee
EBA
Electric traction assist system
Electronic Stability Programme
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
Hill start assist
Intelligent Protection System (IPS)
MyKey system
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Wheels
17" 5x2 spoke sparkle silver finish alloy wheels
Mini steel spare wheel
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth connectivity
Cruise control + speed limiter
EPAS
Hands free telephone
SYNC Emergency Assistance
Trip computer
Entertainment
4.2-Inch Colour TFT Screen
Auxiliary socket for external device
Ford DAB radio/CD with six speakers
Remote audio controls on steering wheel
Voice control, hands free calling and USB connectivity
Interior Features
4 way manually adjustable passenger seat
6 way manually adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support
60/40 split/folding rear back and cushion
Auxiliary power socket in luggage area
Centre console with stowage tray/bottle holder/CD stowage/front and rear 12V power point
Cloth upholstery
Driver/passenger front seatback pockets
Footwell courtesy lights front and rear
Front floor mats
Front head restraints
Front overhead courtesy lights with theatre style dimming and delay
Front/rear reading lights
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
Manual air conditioning
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear head restraints
Sports style front seats
Stowage unit in upper instrument panel
Tie down hooks
Tonneau cover
Variable intensity instrument illumination
Security
Engine immobiliser
Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button
Locking wheel nuts
Remote powered central double locking doors
Thatcham category 1 alarm
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 160
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 40.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 46.3
EC Urban (mpg) 32.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 34.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 35.3
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 120
Coin Description EcoBoost 120 2WD
Coin Series Zetec
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 14E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 12.6
Engine Power - BHP 120
Engine Power - KW 88
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 177
Engine Torque - MKG 24.5
Engine Torque - NM 240
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 5X2 SPOKE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1689
Height (including roof rails) 1749
Length 4531
Wheelbase 2690
Width 1838
Width (including mirrors) 2086
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1653
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 456
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.1

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £203.53 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £210.71 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £228.66 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £180.02 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £187.23 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £204.51 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £169.65 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £176.35 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £190.83 p/m Call Us
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £244.24 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £252.85 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £274.39 p/m Call Us
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £421.99 p/m £49.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £459.99 p/m £68.99 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £216.02 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £224.68 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £245.41 p/m Call Us
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £358.99 p/m £53.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £378.99 p/m £88.99 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £203.58 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £211.62 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £229.00 p/m Call Us
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £316.99 p/m £65.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £333.99 p/m £108.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £100+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Rear parking sensor £275.00
Exterior Features
Additional special metallic paint £750.00
Metallic paint £600.00
Special Metallic paint £850.00
Special solid paint £250.00
Packs
Appearance pack - Kuga £425.00
Family pack - Kuga £150.00
Paintwork
Additional special metallic - Magnetic £750.00
Metallic - Chrome blue £600.00
Metallic - Diffused silver £600.00
Metallic - Moondust silver £600.00
Metallic - Shadow black £600.00
Solid - Blazer blue FOC
Solid - Race red FOC
Special Metallic - Platinum white £850.00
Special metallic - Ruby red £850.00
Special solid - Frozen white £250.00
Trim
Cloth - Charcoal black FOC
Wheels
18" 5 spoke sparkle silver machined finish alloy wheels £500.00
* option prices shown are estimated