There was a Ford Cougar as soon as; a family-size coupé based mostly on the Mondeo Mk2. It was a helpful factor that, in range-topping 2.5 V6 guise, might do Zero-62mph in eight.2sec.
Though it’s spelt otherwise, the Kuga, launched in 2013, at the least sounds the identical and, with the precise engine, guarantees to be virtually as a lot enjoyable. It’s a household SUV fairly than a coupé, so the place the Cougar was glossy and low, the Kuga is tall and chunky. It’s based mostly on the Focus Mk3 and is the mannequin we consider when looking for an instance of a fine-handling mainstream SUV.
Like most automobiles, the Kuga may be break up into pre- and post-facelift generations. The latter arrived in 2016 and is characterised by restyled entrance and rear ends, the provision of a brand new 118bhp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, an improved infotainment system inside a extra snug inside and further driver help tech.
If just for its striking-looking trapezoidal grille first seen on the Edge, Ford’s bigger SUV, it’s the era to purchase and never as costly as you would possibly worry, with a 2017-reg 1.5 TDCi Zetec with 20,000 miles costing £13,350.
Over time, the engine vary has expanded to incorporate busy little Ecoboost petrols pushing out 118bhp to 1 producing 174bhp, though saddled with four-wheel drive and an automated gearbox as normal. They’re nice to punt alongside in addition to low-cost to run in case your mileage is low, however when you’re a Kuga individual with the sort of lively life-style the brochure depicts, one of many diesels is a better option – one thing just like the mid-power 148bhp 2.Zero TDCi.
This engine has a braked towing capability of 1800kg however add four-wheel drive and an automated gearbox and it will probably shift 2100kg, the identical because the 178bhp 2.Zero TDCi, which has four-wheel drive as normal. For those who’re into dragging boats off the seaside, four-wheel drive is ideal, however for many conditions, a normal two-wheel-drive Kuga is simply nice. The six-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission is an effective one, by the way in which, and value looking for out.
Ubiquitous Zetec trim opens the batting however it’s Titanium, the following one up, that’s simply essentially the most plentiful on the used market. To the Zetec’s respectable roster of package (alloys, a digital radio, air-con and a heated windscreen), Titanium provides bigger wheels, partial leather-based trim, local weather management and rear parking sensors. It’s our favorite, however when you should spoil the experience, have sports-suspended ST-Line trim.
For causes greatest identified to itself, Ford unleashed a luxo-spec Vignale on impressionable consumers in 2016. Nonetheless, it’s not all dangerous since at present’s canny purchaser can choose up a 2017/17-reg 2.Zero TDCi 150 Vignale with 17,000 miles for £17,000, in contrast with a present new value of £33,690.
Ford was one of many first with an accepted used advertising scheme. It guarantees full service historical past and automobiles lined by the stability of their authentic three-year guarantee.
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The Kuga has been topic to quite a few security recollects, together with potential cracking of the cylinder head, the B-pillar trim being too near the seatbelt pre-tensioner, the opportunity of the clutch stress plate fracturing, the knee airbag not deploying and the danger of the sump cracking.
Surprisingly, given the Kuga’s in any other case robust security credentials, automated emergency braking is an choice fairly than normal. Worse nonetheless, it’s not out there with Zetec trim in any respect. In the meantime, its five-star Euro NCAP score was awarded as way back as 2012, since when the check has been toughened up.
For those who wish to have the motive force’s seat simply so, electrically powered 10-way adjustment is accessible from Titanium trim upwards.
Kuga 2.Zero TDCI 150 Titanium: This model boasts good efficiency and financial system, whereas Titanium builds on Zetec with issues corresponding to a sat-nav and parking sensors. An accepted used 2017/ 17-reg with 10,000 miles is £14,500.
Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost 176 Zetec Nav Auto 4WD: Slower than much less highly effective variations resulting from its being four-wheel drive and automated means this orphan within the vary is nice worth used, with a 3000-mile 2018/68-reg one costing £17,500.
Ones we discovered
2013 Kuga 2.Zero TDCi Titanium, 120,000 miles, £7795
2015 Kuga 2.Zero TDCi Zetec, 74,000 miles, £9283
2017 Kuga 1.5 TDCi Zetec, 25,000 miles, £11,200
2018 Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost Zetec, 15,000 miles £15,000
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