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Video: Ford Kuga 1.5T Trend AT test

Deon Schoeman

The bad press endured by the Ford Kuga due to the inclination of one particular model to self-combust has been bad for the badge, and even worse for the brand. Clearly, the new Ford Kuga is meant to sweep that rather fiery slate clean. Despite the all-new styling, and a much improved, streamlined interior, this isn’t an all-new Kuga, but a heavily updated one. Still the package is convincing enough to remind us what a good SUV the Kuga has always been.

Make and model: Ford Kuga 1.5T Trend
Engine: In-line four-cylinder, 1 498cc, turbo petrol
Power : 132 kW @ 6 000 rpm
Torque: 240 Nm @ 1 600 – 4 000 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio: 81,73 kW/ton
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic, FWD
Wheels/tyres: 18-inch alloy, 235/50 R18 tyres

0-100 km/h: 10,1 sec
Top speed: 200 km/h
Fuel tank capacity: 60 litres
Fuel consumption (claimed/tested): 6,9 litres/100km
Operating range (claimed/tested): 870 km
CO2 emissions: 159 g/km

Improved ergonomics and comfort. A convincing package.
Engine/gearbox combination lacks cohesion and refinement

Retail price/as tested: R427 900 / R427 900

Hyundai Tucson 1.6 Turbo Executive: R449 900
Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX Auto: R387 200
Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4TSI Comfortline Auto: R479 900

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