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Ford Kuga launched – review hands-on

Chunky styling, easy to drive and with plenty of room for four adults - just make sure your garage is big enough



The Kuga is available in front-wheel-drive and part-time four-wheel-drive models, and with 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines. You also have the option of six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. The petrol EcoBoost engine paired with the automatic gearbox is a more powerful 180PS rather than 150PS version, and there are also 140PS and 163PS versions of the diesel. Bear in mind that the higher-powered versions have worse fuel economy and are also in a higher VED band, so will cost you more in tax.

Kuga engines
Kuga engines and performance – CLICK TO ENLARGE

On-the-road prices range from £20,895 for the 1.6 petrol Zetec, up to £29,795 for the most powerful Titanium X diesel automatic.

Kuga pricelist
Kuga pricelist – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Based on the specifications and prices, we think the 140PS Titanium model for £23,545 is the best value; the diesel we drove was smooth and powerful, and it’s hard to argue with 53.3mpg on the combined cycle compared to 42.8mpg for the petrol version. The new Kuga is on sale now.

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