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10 things we learned about the Ford Kuga

Date: 26 May 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Small 4x4
Key rival: SEAT Ateca
Model tested: 2.0 TDCi Powershift AWD Titanium X
Price as tested: £32,650

The Ford Kuga is still good to drive, but it's falling behind in some key areas, finds Al Suttie.

1 - Few in the small 4x4 and crossover sectors can hold a candle to the Kuga's enlightened driving manners.

2 - Even on optional 19-inch rims, our test car rode the bumps with glossy smoothness and the handling is still an exemplar.

3 - Performance ain't bad, either, with the 180hp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel providing 0-62mph in 10.0 seconds.

Inside

4 - The six-speeder Powershift auto makes seamless progress through the ratios and suits the refined nature of the Ford.

5 - The manual over-ride for the gears on the side of the stick is a half-hearted measure. Ford: ditch it or give us steering wheel paddles.

6 - Emissions are okay for the engine and transmission at 140g/km, but still have us choosing the 120hp 1.5 TDCi in preference.

Rear

7 - The same goes for economy, with 52.3mpg reasonable but easily bettered by several rivals or its smaller-engined sibling.

8 - Elsewhere, the Titanium X is kitted out in fine style with leather, electric seat adjust, keyless start and powered tailgate.

9 - However, it seems positively mean not to provide rear parking sensors in this spec, especially given the limited rear vision when parking.

10 - Is the Kuga still in the hunt? Yes, but not in this large-engined, top spec variant.



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