For the first time in Mzansi, Ford has added the new six-speed automatic transmission to its Kuga range, growing the line-up to eight models.
The new Ford Kuga is powered by the 132 kW version of the 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, which delivers an equally impressive 240 Nm of torque from 1 600 r/min all the way to 4 000 r/min. The Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost manual versions have a power output of 110 kW.
Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 7.0 l/100km*, matched to a corresponding CO2 emissions figure of 162 g/km*.
The Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente Automatic boasts a comprehensive set of features. As with the rest of the Kuga line-up, the renowned Ford SYNC multimedia system with Bluetooth and Voice Control is standard, along with an auxiliary input and USB port. Remote audio controls are included on the steering wheel for added convenience.
An integrated 230v/150W power converter is fitted in the rear of the centre console, which makes it ideal as a family vehicle with the ability to charge portable devices. This is bolstered by 12v power points in the front and in the luggage compartment.
The comprehensive instrumentation incorporates a fully featured trip computer with EcoMode, shift indicator, seatbelt warning and ambient temperature gauge.
Semi-automatic air-conditioning is standard, along with cruise control with speed limiter function, six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, electrically operated heated side mirrors, and power windows all-round with one-touch operation, plus the ability to open and close the windows via the remote control.
The safety package, which features a five-star Euro NCAP rating, is equally impressive, and includes dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags and driver knee airbag.
On the active safety front, the Kuga boasts ABS with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control and Hill Launch Assist.
As with the rest of the Kuga EcoBoost models, a 4-year/80 000km Service Plan is incorporated in the purchase price. This is complemented by a 4-year/120 000km Comprehensive Warranty and 3-year/unlimited km Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are every 20 000km.
|1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente||FWD Manual||110kW||240Nm||R328 900|
|1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente||FWD Automatic||132kW||240Nm||R344 900|
|1.5 EcoBoost Trend||FWD Manual||110kW||240Nm||R365 900|
|1.5 EcoBoost Trend||FWD Automatic||132kW||240Nm||R379 900|
|1.5 EcoBoost Trend||AWD Automatic||132kW||240Nm||R407 900|
|2.0 EcoBoost Titanium||AWD PowerShift||177kW||340Nm||R448 900|
|2.0 TDCi Trend||AWD PowerShift||132kW||400Nm||R433 900|
|2.0 TDCi Titanium||AWD PowerShift||132kW||400Nm||R468 900|