On sale in Europe since October last year, the extensively updated Kuga takes after the bigger Edge sold on the continent, and features Ford's new SUV corporate grille, redesigned bumper with lower bottom air intake, new headlights with daytime running LEDs, and restyled foglights. With the option of wheel sizes ranging from 17 to 19-inch, changes to rear includes new taillight clusters, dual exhausts and a new tailgate.
The biggest revisions are however reserved for the interior and in terms of technology, with the old smartphone styled dashboard making way for a completely redesigned layout, now housing a eight-inch touchscreen display incorporating SYNC 3 software, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth on higher spec models.
In addition to boot space topping out at 1 603-litres with the rear seats folded down, the steering wheel and seats now boast fewer buttons for ease of use, while automatic models are now fitted with paddle shifters for the first time.
The up-shift in safety equipment is equally comprehensive with items consisting of Perpendicular Parking including semi-Autonomous Park Assist, Hill Launch Assist, Rollover Mitigation, Trailer Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information, Active City Stop, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Advanced Active Park Assist.
Again offered in three trim levels with either front-or all-wheel drive, the Kuga remains mechanically unchanged with petrol power still coming from a 1.5-litre EcoBoost developing 110 kW and 240 Nm of torque, or the same unit with 132 kW when mated to the six-speed automatic gearbox.
Completing the petrol line-up, the all-wheel drive only 2.0-litre EcoBoost churns 177 kW and 340 Nm of torque, while the sole diesel offering, the 2.0 TDCi, punches out 132 kW and 400 Nm. Like its petrol sibling, the TDCi is available only with the automatic 'box, but in this case, a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch.
A four year / 120 000 km warranty is standard on all models, with petrol models offering a four year / 80 000 km service plan and diesel models a four year / 90 000 km plan.
|Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente||R368 800|
|Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente AT||R381 900|
|Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost Trend||R406 400|
|Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost Trend AT||R427 900|
|Kuga 2.0 EcoBoost Titanium AT AWD||R497 900|
|Kuga 2.0 TDCi Trend Powershift AWD||R483 900|
|Kuga 2.0 TDCi Titanium Powershift AWD||R506 900|