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  • New styling, more efficient engines and improved safety tech help make the Ford Kuga much better the old model. We compare the two.

    Facelifted version of Ford's Kuga SUV features a new diesel engine and will go on sale in October.

    Ford has revealed its new look for the Kuga - and it's a modest refresh of the wardrobe This is a detailed but subtle mid-life facelift.

    Telegraph Lifestyle Cars Ford reviews. In fact, the Kuga is very competitively priced in terms of monthly finance payments. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. We've noticed you're adblocking. The facelift now incorporates the design language update that Ford is deploying across its range of updates, with design cues being taken from the updated EcoSport shown last year.

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    Please refresh the page and retry. A second generation model followed in , which was itself given a makeover four years later to equip it with a revised engine line-up that includes the 1. As ever this five-seat SUV promises the easy-to-live-with ethos of any other Ford combined with the space and tougher styling of an SUV, while top-spec Vignale models are aiming to be properly plush. Whether or not that makes it a match for rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5 we are about to find out.

    Fact is, the Kuga has one of the smallest load bays among any of its rivals, and is even beaten by some cars from the class below. At least folding the seats is easy thanks to a lever that drops them flat. T he same lever can be used to adjust the angle of the backrests for those in the back.

    You can get a third person in the middle rear seat without too much cause for complaint, and getting in and out is easy thanks to the wide doors and raised ride height. D ecent seats that feature lots of adjustment make it easy to get comfortable, and the steering wheel has a wide range of height and reach adjustment too. We would though avoid anything larger than inch wheels to ensure the maximum levels of comfort. Wind noise is well controlled though.

    It feels pretty well built, if a little heavy handed with the black plastic. For the Kuga facelift Ford wisely replaced the dated old screen and its mass of buttons with its newer Sync 3 infotainment system, at least on all but the entry-level Zetec. The trip computer sitting between the dials is also a little fiddly to navigate, although the resolution of the screen itself is good.

    The separate panel of heater controls is clearly labelled. The Kuga has power-assisted steering that becomes lighter at parking speeds to help with manoeuvring. W hat might prove to be a problem is the lack of visibility as you peer over your shoulder, making it worth opting for a model with parking sensors or - better still - a reversing camera.

    All of the engines have enough power for overtaking, but with the 1. Four-wheel drive is restricted to the most powerful petrol and diesel models.

    T he same good body control that stops the Kuga from leaning too heavily in corners also helps make it a reasonable amount of fun to drive, at least by SUV standards. Adding to that is responsive steering and a front end that feels as though it wants to grip when you push it through a turn rather than simply asking the electronic aids for help.

    In fact even amongst its direct competitors the Kuga is beaten by the Seat Ateca and Mazda CX-5 when it comes to smiles per mile. In addition, the previous version of the Kuga managed only an average scores in the Warranty Direct Reliability Index based on the frequency and cost of aftermarket warranty claims.

    On paper the Kuga looks reasonably economical; you can expect up to 45mpg from the petrol or 64mpg from the 1. In reality we struggled to exceed 35mpg in our petrol Kuga test car, whereas in a Seat Ateca a genuine 45mpg is on the cards. Opt for four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox and you can expect the Kuga to be thirstier still. In either instance a Renault Kadjar or Nissan Qashqai with a 1. In reality you should be able to talk a Ford dealer into making enough of a discount to put the Kuga near the top of the class, at least with its entry level engine options.

    Ford Kuga Review



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