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Ford Kuga Review

The Ford Kuga was first conceived from the Iosis X concept car and then was introduced into the market at a 2006 Paris motor show. The vehicle sported a very aggressive style by Ford design chief Martin Smith. The Kuga was released with the intention of featuring a crossover vehicle like the Iosis X. But this seems like a confusing task as the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Honda CR-V both sport separate recreational SUV concepts. Ultimately the Kuga will be joining the rest of the soft-roaders.

Pros

The Kuga may claim to base its basic architecture to previous models like the Focus, but the Kuga comes into its own in its longer, higher, and wider height. The most significant body difference is the weight, which weighs 250kg more than the Focus. The Kuga’s other design highlights include twin rear pipes that highlight the model’s sporty style and large power bulges seen on the bonnet. Practically is also delivered in the two-piece operation of the rear hatch that lets you load small items from the rear window.

Major controls are practically and readily positioned around the driver. The wheel, gear lever, outer extremities, and pedals are all nearly flawless. You won’t have any problems either with the steering column stalks and reading the gauges. Boot space is rather generous and enables you access of the storage by just lifting a glass through the tailgate. This saves you the trouble of having to open the entire boot door.

Handling is the Kuga’s strongest feature, upholding the Ford’s dynamic excellence in this respect. Linear and direct steeling is assured all throughout, along with weighty precision that placed this company on the map. Only Ford knows how to drive your wheels right, with both steered adequately on the road.

Cons                  

The Kuga’s lower-powered diesel engine employs a wide torque that enables enough progress through traffic and effective overtaking during the more difficult moments. You can experience ample speed in the 165bhp turbodiesel in the four-wheel drive model, but the slightly shorter 62mph sprint time does not justify the extra thousands you’ll spend for this engine. Hot hatch performance is delivered in the five-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol, but even this also comes at an impractical price and even more expensive fuel costs. The auto Kuga is the only acceptable option, but serious drivers may feel held back by its heavy action and slightly slow performance.

The interior offers an optional navigation/entertainment system, but it’s not that easy to figure out and operate despite its touch screen technology. You may feel the graphics are rather outdated next to the recent advances in today’s field.

Another issue with the interior is the lack of space, particularly for children. Legroom and headroom is limited even for smaller adults. In terms of driving position, taller individuals may need a little more reach adjustment for the steering wheel. The ambience of your car will depend on the trim level: polished metal surfaces are found in the Titanium spec, which makes the basic cabins look pathetic in comparison. 

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A History of the Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is a compact crossover SUV that was marketed in 2008. The Kuga is based on the concept Iosis X, which was first introduced to the public in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show. The company’s design chief Martin Smith is the man behind the machine, who was responsible for placing Kuga as one of Ford’s most reliable soft-road SUV.

The Kuga shares the same platform with Ford Focus and C-MAX. Production was solely based on the company’s plant in Germany until expansion was made in Spain. In 2010, minor alterations were made to the car. Aside from this, Kuga was well-received worldwide.

Since being marketed, the Kuga has been exported to Argentina, Japan, South Africa and New Zealand. In the US, original plans to export the model were scrapped as early as 2007. But after a few years, the company finally announced that the Kuga was the planned replacement to the second generation Ford Escape. Kuga was eventually rebranded Escape in the country.

In the UK, Kuga is offered only in Titanium or Zetec so as to appeal to a more high-end market. With the opening of the plant in Spain, Ford hopes to break through the European markets with a hybrid version of Kuga.

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