Ford Kuga AWD SUV
2013 Ford Kuga hits Australia offering a usable SUV AWD vehicle.
Ford have had issues breaking through the sub $30,000 price range. The Escape although great value for money failed to capture the hearts of the lighter SUV’market and buyers.
Along hails the Kuga.
This new compact SUV soft roader is based on the focus platform the main selling point will be price. Entry level is just right but be prepared for the real pricing to take effect as the specs improve. Forget about any previous Ford kuga’s this one is new and offers a huge range of features including Turbo diesel and 1.6 Eco-boost engines.
The Ambient model begins the range at $27990 competing with Mazda CX5 in a six speed manual. From here you can opt for the Turbo-charged all wheel drive up to $31490. The Trend is the Mid specification model taking in all of the base ambient qualities adding a few more goodies and a double clutch six speed Auto for $36,240 and the optional diesel for $3000 more.
See what I mean now the price is rising, Then we head to the titanium model, six speed Auto, 1.6 eco boost from $44740 with the diesel at $47740 with the twin clutch power-shift trans.
Options available include the Ford Sync voice activation entertainment unit ( remember the Focus adds with John Farnham) Hands free tailgate opening seen on Audi and Chrysler people movers since 2003 and digital radio’s.
The AWD system is unique to Ford, a much more technologically advanced version of the viscous coupling types allowing mainly front wheel drive with rear wheel drive activation when required.
Ford Kuga alternative to Mazda
Power wise the 1.6 comes in two levels 110 kw/240Nm and the 134Kw/240Nm. The 2.0 litre turbo diesel 120Kw/340Nm. fuel economy for the diesel AWD is 6.3L/100km compared to the petrol 6.7L-8.0/100km.
First reports seem to indicate a quiet well handling vehicle offering a good spacious rear, crash testing has this at 5 stars relying heavily on the stronger steel construction and seven airbags, on the Trend and titanium models an upgrade of $2650 adds active stop automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and auto high beam.
To summarize this will be a alternative to the Mazda buyer. Ford works closely with Mazda and possible this would be well worth a look in that upper range of titanium. Its very car like and if you think Ford focus you will thing Kuga as a first impression. Will it ever win the Paris Dakar rally , sadly no but will be a small family favourite.
UK Just love the Ford KUGA