New Ford Kuga (2017) in the test: What does the facelift for the cheap SUV?

With the facelift of the Kuga can now also luxury and sports: New activities include the equipment variants ST and Vignale. The ST-Line has included a sporty sharpened suspension, 19-inch wheels and costs from 30,600 euros.

18/10/2016 Heinrich Lingner 1 comment Powered by

12 things that surprise at the new Ford Kuga:

1. The Kuga is not expensive, despite sometimes considerably more extensive equipment features the starting price remains unchanged: from 23,300 euro begins the Kuga price list. Ordered by the way can be immediately early 2017 will roll to the dealers, the first vehicles.

Second There is only one petrol engine, the 1.5 liter Ecoboost with 120, 150 and 182 hp, while the strongest version is only available with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. The downsizing turbo convinced at the first exit with refined running and harmonious power delivery.

Third The assistance systems, the Kuga also includes on the competition: Now he comes among other things with adaptive cruise control, including collision warning, a larger range of Active City Stop, active lane and Blind Spot Assist and traffic sign recognition system.

Ford Kuga Photo: Stuart Price
With the facelift of Ford Kuga can now also luxury and sports.

4th A clean-tuned suspension of the Kuga was indeed thanks to its C1 platform, which it shares with the Focus, yes always, as ST-Line with a stiffer set it becomes a curve artist. Without excessive force he now directs a more agile, remains neutral and is playing to move with the very precise and rückmeldung joyful steering around bends all kinds.

5th With a deliverable for a surcharge of very reasonable 1,050 Euros electrically retractable trailer hitch and a maximum of 2,200 kg towing capacity of the Kuga is now also a very talented tractor that can sometimes take heavier caravans or horse trailer on the hook.

6th As before, the Kuga is available with three transmission variants, conventional switch box for all versions except the 182 horsepower gasoline engine that, as mentioned, are exclusively with all-wheel and automatic and PowerShift (dual clutch transmission) as an option (1,800 euros) for the two-liter TDCI with 150 and 180 hp.

Ford Kuga Photo: Stuart Price
The third generation of Ford SYNC infotainment is no pattern to use and self-explanatory functionality, despite large touch screen (eight inches) and app link, the other manufacturers can better.

7th The entry-level diesel with 120 HP is no longer a two-liter, but a 1.5 TDCI (1499 Kubik, four-cylinder), which, however, thanks to 270 Nm maximum torque to 1,600 kg Ford nevertheless helps to satisfactory performance (175 km / h Vmax, 0- 100 km / h in 12.7 s, CO2 emissions 115 g / km). The motor like a low, refined running and well schlatbarem, crisp six-speed gearbox, but he seems to be a saving champion: after about 300 km of motorways and Landstra0enfahrt with mostly muted pace, the onboard computer shows 7.2 liters / 100 km.

8th. With a boot capacity of 465 liters (maximum load capacity 1,653 liters) is the Kuga still a very practical and family-friendly SUV, also because of the ordinary space available in the back seat and good loading capacity by the large tailgate (optional with automatic Fußschwenköffner, 370 euros) very well be loaded.

9th The third generation of Ford SYNC infotainment is no pattern to use and self-explanatory functionality, despite large touch screen (eight inches) and app link, the other manufacturers can better. Nevertheless, the discovery of individual functions in the touch-screen menu is easier than about the current Mondeo and S-Max. Little heilfreich this, however, the recessed-mounted screen in front of it arranged mechanical buttons that are pressed at times unintentionally when screen Betouchen.

10th Pent-up demand, there is also the light, standard of Kuga funzelt with halogen lamps, for a fee (1,360 euros), there are xenon burner. The adaptive LED Light brand brother Mondeo missing on offer.