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Firstly, I know that this review might be a bit pointless, as I know the new Ford Kuga will be in the showrooms very shortly. But for anyone who may be interested, I will give my opinions based on the four weeks I have had the vehicle.
The model I chose was the ST-Line 1.5 ecoboost (petrol) 6 speed manual. I wanted a white one, and Mrs Brighton Steve wanted a blue one, so naturally we ended up with a blue one, although to be fair I love the chrome blue now.
Before we get into the fuel economy arguments that seem to plague the Ford (and other) forums, I was well aware that I was getting a near two tonne SUV with a small engine and that my MPG was likely to be around 30 – 35 MPG. But the reasons for going for the Kuga in the first place was never based on fuel economy. That said, I am certainly not a rich person by any means, I just wanted to drive something comfortable, easily accessible and large enough to take my grandchildren on the odd day out.
Before I go on, I don’t know how many members come from Sussex or the surrounding area, but anyone considering a Ford, I cannot recommend Dinnages Brighton highly enough. Their Motability specialist Lewis Smith was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for him, and the whole experience with Ford was a pleasant one for us.
Onto my initial thoughts on the car itself, I find it much easier to get in and out of than I did with my C Max, I also love the higher driving position of the SUV. I was slightly bothered that going from an auto back to manual after six years would have a negative effect on me. But I need not have worried as I have found driving to be fun again. The clutch is very light and the gearbox very smooth. I have just completed 1300 miles in these first four weeks and do not feel anymore fatigued for having changed from auto.
The seats are very comfy with a lot more support than in my last car, the lumbar support is more precise and I don’t need the cushion for my backside that i used in the Cmax. After reading various reports online about the ST with either the 18 or 19 inch wheels being a very hard ride, I feel that the 18’s on mine seem fine.
I also think that the step up from the Sync 2 to the Sync 3 is very good, and I love Android Auto. I like that you can use Google maps or other apps like Waze, instead of the car’s own sat nav, I also like using Google assistant, as I find it seems to understand what I’m trying to say. I have to say that I have had the DAB drop signal a couple of times with Sync 3, but that never happened once on the Sync 2, cannot really explain that one.
I went for the ST-Line as it was the best spec that I could afford and I thought it looked nicer than the Zetec or the Titanium, and it came as standard with the appearance pack (tinted windows, roof rails and 18″ alloys) I would have loved to have been able to step up to the ST-Line X edition as that had the reversing camera and 19″ alloys along with a few other bits and bobs. That being said I am very happy with the car and I still smile when I come out of the house and see it, so I must have done something right.
Is it practical? Yes, Does it look nice? Yes and do I think I made the right choice? Yes. I believe If you can answer those three questions with a yes, then I think you haven’t gone too far wrong. My only comment (not a gripe) is the fact it is a biggish car and likes a drink, but as I said earlier, I knew that before I ordered it.
Sorry if this review is a bit pointless with the new model out soon, but I figured it might help someone.
A couple of pics for you………..
69 reg Ford Kuga ST-Line 1.5 Ecoboost in Chrome Blue.