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New Kuga Covers All The Bases


Can one single car be all things to all men? This may well be the thinking behind the concept of the Sport Utility Vehicle that everyone is so keen on these days. Pretty much all manufacturers have an SUV in their range on the basis that if people can only afford one car it might as well be capable of doing everything. This is fine but does it make the SUV a jack of all trades but a master of none?

Well Ford thinks the new Kuga can be the master of everything except the universe. The old Kuga was good and deservedly popular but there were still niggles. Hopefully they will have been sorted in the new car. The company believe they have cracked the dilemma that a car can be green, useful, high-tech and safe on the roads whilst still being good to drive.

Not all extras are on all versions but with careful selection the prospective buyer can choose what’s right for him or her. There will be a two-wheel version but it seems to make sense to go for Ford’s ‘Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive’ system that includes something called ‘Curve Control’. The 4×4 continually assesses the road conditions and sets up the vehicle accordingly. The beauty of AWD is that, especially at low speeds, it can govern traction making the car safer in dodgy weather, for example.

Curve Control is interesting because it apparently deals with the age-old problem of understeer which is what you get when entering a corner too fast in a front wheel drive car. Understeer is instantly sensed and the car adjusts braking and engine torque to aid steering out of the problem. This is a seriously good idea as many drivers don’t understand the phenomenon. Couple this with another gizmo called ‘Torque Vectoring Control’ a feature – also found on the dramatic Focus RS – which enhances vehicle dynamics and cornering control. Add to this package the usual safety features like ABS and a lot of the drama can be taken out of bad weather driving which is great for the family.

The tailgate has the option to be opened by means of waggling a foot about beneath it. This is, of course, pretty pointless unless you’re carrying many bags but, if we’re honest, that just makes it an absolutely essential addition: but what if it’s someone else’s foot? Haven’t thought of that have they?

EcoBoost engine technology has arrived on the Kuga which means there’s a versatile selection of motors to suit. Fuel consumption has been much improved for both petrol and diesel.

There are many options available, too numerous to list here but it looks like Ford have truly engineered this car to be kind to the environment, very versatile, good to drive and safe on or off road; and it looks good too. So that really is the complete package then -  a single car to suit everybody. You can’t say fairer than that.

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