I was invited to do the sort of family activities that a Kuga owner does, so I headed out to Hartbeespoort for a picnic and some activities. The model that I was driving was the 1.5 EcoBoost Trent Automatic with 132kW/240Nm on tap. It is a very good engine and when combined with the automatic gearbox it makes for efficient cruising although at some points in the journey, I did note lag, especially in urban situations.
At R371 900 for the model that I was driving, you get an impressive amount of kit as standard with the Sync infotainment system as standard, rear park assistance, a 230V/150W power converted for electronic devices, seven airbags for a five-star safety rating and cruise control - to name a few.
The only options owners need to pay more for are metallic paint and option packs such as the Driver Assistance Pack (R15 450) for example, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert, City Stop, Lane Keep Aid and a blind-spot warning system.
The other models in the range include the flagship 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 177kW/340Nm on tap and an all-wheel-drive system to put the power down. With the six-speed automatic transmission it goes from 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds and with 197mm ground clearance is sure to do well off the beaten path, too.
The updated diesel gets a power bump from 120kW to 132kW, while the torque has gone from 340Nm to 400Nm. This model is also all-wheel-drive and the six-speed Powershift automatic gear box, so expect the same capability but with more emphasis on consumption with a claimed figure of 5.4 litres/100km.
All models come with a four-year/80 000km service plan as well as a four-year/120 000km warranty.