All New Ford Kuga (2020) - A stylish family SUV
The release of the all-new Ford Kuga will certainly peak the interests of many potential SUV owners thanks to its gorgeous new styling, tweaked engine range and upgraded interior and technology. The new Kuga has received a brand-new design which takes inspiration from the fantastic new Ford Focus released in 2019.
The Ford Kuga burst onto the scene back in 2008 and became a hit with those looking for an SUV with a sporty personality. Ford is renowned for producing some of the best handling family cars, with the likes of the Fiesta and Focus prime examples, and the Kuga followed that trend nicely. Over the years the design of the Kuga has changed from sporty to a boxier, standard, SUV shape, but is now happily back to looking sporty again while maintaining the practicalities and charm of an SUV.
The all-new Ford Kuga is now available with the usual selection of eco petrol and diesel engines, but there is the addition of a couple of hybrid versions as well. There is now a mild hybrid (mHEV) and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), offering excellent efficiency and economy. There is a total of five trim levels to select from; Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line, ST-Line X and top-spec Vignale each with a wide assortment of the latest Ford features and tech.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The all-new Ford Kuga is now available with a staggering six engine variations to choose from, all offering high-performance levels along with impressive economy figures. There is a couple of petrol and diesel engines, a mild hybrid and a plug-in hybrid.
The petrol options share the same 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, with either 120hp or 150hp. Both engines produce the same 240Nm of torque and share the same six-speed manual transmission, while the 120hp version will hit 0-62mph in 11.6secs. The 150hp variant will achieve the same feat in 9.7secs, but both variations come with FWD as standard.
The diesel range kicks off with the 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine, developing 120hp and 300Nm of torque. It can be mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission and come as FWD as standard. It will hit 0-62mph in 11.2secs using the manual transmission and 11secs with the automatic.
The next diesel offering is the 2-litre EcoBlue, which has 190hp and an impressive 400Nm of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Ford's excellent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, enabling the Kuga to get from 0-62mph in 8.7secs.
The new mild-hybrid option combines the 2-litre EcoBlue diesel engine with a small electric motor powered by a 48V battery, which helps to increase the overall fuel economy and reduce emissions. The battery doesn't need to be plugged in to charge at any point, as it recharges itself while you are driving by capturing energy through regenerative braking.
Lastly, there is the new plug-in hybrid which combines a 2.5-litre Duratec petrol engine with a battery-powered electric motor. It develops 225hp and will be able to travel up to 35 miles with zero emissions using just the electric motor. Not that you'd want to, but the PHEV Kuga will hit 0-62mph in 9.2secs thanks to its CVT automatic transmission.
Interior Quality and Technology
One of the first things you'll notice on the inside of the new Kuga, is the extra space Ford has created, thanks to its added length and width along with a longer wheelbase. The interior looks slick, functional and of high-quality, thanks to a nice selection of soft-touch plastics and trim pieces.
The new Kuga has an extensive list of kit as standard, much of which would be optional extras at an additional cost in many of its rivals. Each new Kuga comes complete with the latest Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, accessed through an eight-inch colour touchscreen. Some of the standard features include sat-nav with live traffic and eCall for emergencies, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a smartphone wireless charging pad and front and rear parking sensors.
The front seats are comfortable and supportive with the driver's seat benefitting from 8-way manually adjustability, including height adjustment and added lumbar support. The passenger seat is 4-way manually adjustable, so finding that perfect driving position should cause no issues.
There are various optional packages available to add to the features already included, some of which come as standard as you move up the trim levels. Some of the additional features available include a 12.3-inch colour, fully digital display instrument cluster, head-up display (HUD) and 10-way power assisted driver seat with memory function.
Space, Practicality and Safety
There is more space inside the all-new Kuga than in any of the previous models. Upfront, there is an abundance of space to accommodate just about any sized adult, with copious amounts of headroom and legroom. Ford also claims that the new Kuga offers an additional 4cms of shoulder room, so there is no danger of rubbing shoulders against each other. Moving to the rear, you find extra legroom compared to the outgoing model, thanks to the longer wheelbase of the new Kuga along with plenty of headroom. Additional legroom can be gained by a new sliding rear bench featured on the all-new Kuga.
There are various storage compartments such as a generous glovebox, door pockets front and rear, cupholders and a storage cubby under the front centre armrest. The boot comes with a maximum capacity ranging from 575-645 litres, depending on whether you have chosen one of the hybrid versions whose battery and electric motor reduce the boot space. If you fold the rear seats down capacity climbs to a maximum of 1534-litres, more than enough space to fit most large items or holiday suitcases.
The new Kuga comes with a large amount of the latest safety tech as standard such as; Post Collision Braking, Intelligent Speed Assist, Lane-Keeping Aid with Lane-Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). If you struggle with parking, you can select the optional Automated Park Assist which will park your car for you, standard on the Vignale trim. Thanks to the vast amount of safety assists and features as standard along with various additional safety options, the new Ford Kuga scored an impressive 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests.
The all-new Ford Kuga is a handsome, sporty and versatile SUV, able to tackle almost any obstacle with relative ease. The Kuga is a popular family SUV which continues to go from strength to strength, thanks to the Ford design team efforts to keep it relevant, with the fierce competition it faces from countless rivals. If you want a family SUV with plenty of bells and whistles at an affordable price, then the Kuga could be the car for you.