Since Ford Kuga’s first sale in the UK in 2008, the compact SUV has been successful enough to sell rather well. The new 2017 Ford Kuga is a facelifted version which incorporates sporty design both inside out. But has the company brought enough improvements to compete against the likes of KIA Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson?
What’s New for Exterior Design?
The most obvious change on 2017 Ford Kuga is its front fascia as it wears a large trapezoidal grille like that of Ford Edge. With a new styling, this grille looks more rugged than the previous one as it incorporates two horizontal slats and the upper one holds Ford’s badge.
Its headlights also cope with the new grille as they wear a robust styling and integrate automatic high beam and adaptive lighting. Up top, there are subtle aerodynamic creases on the hood. Air intakes on the front bumper are now larger in size and are completely blackened.
Not just air intakes but the windshield, side windows and roof rails wear black highlights with a matte finish. The front door mirrors wear a new style and incorporate turn signal and blind spot monitoring sensors. New 17-inch alloy wheels come as standard.
Primarily, there are 3 engine options for this new 2017 Ford Kuga with 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The first one is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine that delivers 2 different outputs; 120 HP and 182 HP. This gasoline mill even helps in achieving combined fuel consumption of 6.2 l/100 km (45 mpg) and carbon emission is kept in check at 143 g/km.
For diesel option, there are 2 variants viz. 1.5-liter TDCi and 2.0-liter TDCi. The 1.5-liter diesel burner churns out 120 HP while 2.0-liter variant delivers power more than 180 HP. This new Ford Kuga offer options for both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. There’s even option for a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.
Interior Cabin Updates
Yes, this new Ford Kuga 2017 interior cabin wears playful design elements. The dashboard now looks much cleaner as Ford has gotten rid of several controls. One of the newest additions is the hands-free technology in SYNC 3 infotainment system.
The cabin of 2017 Ford Kuga also offers a good amount of legroom both in the front and second-row seats. Other optional features in this cabin include:
- Large panoramic sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Automatic adjusting and cleaning wipers
- Hi-Fi sound
- Dual-zone climate control
- LED ambient lighting
- Keyless entry
Yes, the new Ford Kuga also comes in a classification of a highly safe vehicle as it incorporates several safety technologies. Some of the standard safety features include Advanced Airbag System, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Emergency Assistance and Active City Stop.
2017 Ford Kuga Price
As standard equipment are generous, then new Ford Kuga definitely puts out as a value for money SUV. To brag about, features like Ford DAB radio, cruise control and air conditioning at £20,845($ 25,274) is definitely worth checking out.