Ford Kuga 2017: First Drive, Test, ST-Line, Vignale – The Kuga will exercise more

Early 2017, the revamped Ford Kuga starts. In addition to the large grill should convince buyers new equipment lines. How does the new ST-Line proposes in the first test?

You can always recognize the facelift Kuga at first glance - the new radiator grille is significantly more present
You can always recognize the facelift Kuga at first glance - the new radiator grille is significantly more present

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Thessaloniki - "higher position" is the sleight of car marketers. He is to move the motorists to invest some more money in his set of wheels. After all, the simple calculation: Good money more easily with optional extras than with engines, axles and base plate.

Next up Ford would also like with his success SUV Kuga. The facelift comes early 2017 to the dealers, the predecessor inserted Ford currently from 18,990 euros - with a list price 23,300 euros. In this base price will remain after the facelift, But: With two new equipment lines of the Kuga to attract more customers in more lucrative price regions in the future.

The line Vignale there are already at the Mondeo, the big SUV Edge and the S-Max. They should exude more premium feel. In order for the Kuga starts at 34,650 euros. With 150-horsepower gasoline engine and front wheel drive, high-quality leather upholstery, heated seats and fine stereo system. But above all with a free car wash per month, an interior treatment during each inspection as well as a collection and delivery service. For the Lord in the Ford, so to speak.

A "Line" does not make a ST

You can always recognize the facelift Kuga at first glance - the new radiator grille is significantly more present You can always recognize the facelift Kuga at first glance - the new radiator grille is significantly more present Source: ford The premium test the Kuga, however, have to wait a little longer. Ford had on the tests only ST-Line there. Which starts from 30,600 euros and next to the black grill for the evil-ST view contains a stiffer suspension by about 30 percent as well as a direct laid out steering. So that the Kuga will go much more dynamic in minimally less comfort.

The differences are quite noticeable in direct comparison to the best-selling "Titanium" version. The 1.6-ton truck feels more direct and swings for longer bumps after less - which is good to him. In addition, it lets him look a little light-footed - and wiggle on a wet track sometimes very gently to the rear.

But a "line" happens to any sports version - even if Ford did not. And the Kuga is more of a relaxed character. Therefore, the steering in the ST line seems a bit too nervous. As if to implement dynamic that can truly provide the engines with 1.5 (petrol, diesel base) and 2.0 (more diesel) liter engine car not.

Even the greatest Gasoline engine with 182 horsepower, the Ford exclusively with all-wheel and torque converter automatic supplies. The transmission shifts tough, when accelerating the car is loud - but not very fast faster. This is also the driving data: 10.1 seconds needed by the peak gasoline to 100 km / h. Four tenths faster it creates the 150-PS version with front wheel drive and manual switch that drives much more pleasant.

With about nine liters perfectly straight, at 120 km / h limited highway but also of gasoline goes not really economical. Best matches the Kuga Ford's proven 2.0-liter diesel with 150 or 180 hp. With control and snappy torque it supports the sovereign, comfortable tone for the Kuga best. The consumption remains at around seven liters in the frame.

anodized dark also the side window frame shows the Ford Kuga with ST-Equipment anodized dark also the side window frame shows the Ford Kuga with ST-Equipment Source: ford

Titanium expensive, automatic with all-wheel drive

Six engines, three transmissions, five trim levels, all-wheel or front-wheel drive - the facelift Kuga offers Ford a lot of choices, but some things missing. For example, a gasoline engine with dual clutch transmission, a diesel with automatic torque converter transmission - and a front-wheel drive, which does not have to be switched itself. Who wants to have an automatic, so always pay the all-wheel drive with - the price as well as fuel consumption.

Proud 102,000 Kuga Ford in 2015 has sold in Europe, around 70 percent of buyers resorted to the neatly appointed Titanium line. Therein important features such as dual zone climate control and the Sync connectivity system are included. Unlike the basic Kuga Ford picks here stronger for the future. Not only eliminates the base engine for this equipment, the price of the next larger version also increases by 400 euros. The cheapest Titanium Kuga as costs 28,250 euros.

Snyc 3 comes to Europe

Leather Alcantara seats give the Ford Kuga ST-Line interior a subtle sporty touch Leather Alcantara seats give the Ford Kuga ST-Line interior a subtle sporty touch Source: ford Ford introduces the third generation of the infotainment system Sync with the Kuga facelift. In addition to a simplified touch-screen operation and fewer buttons, it also brings a much better voice control and Access to the mobile phone via Apple carplay or Android Car. But the higher resolution and larger screen are a great asset.

Good: The new system is standard in almost all the facilities and can be ordered to the base for 400 euros. it can navigate standard but only in the Business Line: For higher equipment costs the Navi cheap 300 euros extra, for "trend" there is none.

Conclusion: The Kuga had previously been a very good (and therefore successful) car, and nothing has changed there. Whether Ford manages to get over expensive additional equipment from the high discounts? Let's see. "Premium" -Umsteiger could convince the offer. However, a pity: Ford represents the Kuga above the basic version of a mechanical to electrical parking brake to. This looks better - but it's not practical.

Specifications: Ford Kuga 2017

  • Model: Ford Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost Trend
  • Motor: 1.5 l four-cylinder gasoline engine
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Drive: front-wheel drive
  • Power 120 hp (88 kW) at 5500 U / min
  • Torque: 240 Nm at 1,600 to 3,000 rev / min
  • 0-100 km / h: 12.5 sec
  • Top speed: 180 km / h
  • Consumption: 6.2 l / 100 km (NEDC)
  • CO2: 143 g / km
  • Length: 4.524 m
  • Width: 1.838 m
  • Height: 1.677 m
  • Wheelbase: 2,690 m
  • Curb weight: 1,579 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,500 kg
  • Trunk: 456-1653 l (o Resewrverad.)
  • Base Price: 23,300 EUR
  • Market opening: early 2017

The new base diesel

  • Model: Ford Kuga 1.5 Tdci 2x4 Trend
  • Motor: 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Drive: front-wheel drive
  • Power 120 hp (88 kW) at 3600 U / min
  • Torque: 270 Nm at 1750 to 2000 rev / min
  • 0-100 km / h: 12.7 sec
  • Top speed: 175 km / h
  • Consumption: 4.4 l / 100 km (NEDC)
  • CO2: 115 g / km
  • Curb weight: 1,591 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,200 kg
  • Base Price: 27,150 EUR

All-wheel and diesel

  • Model: Ford Kuga 2.0 Tdci 4x4 Trend
  • Motor: 2.0 l four-cylinder diesel
  • Transmission: six-speed manual
  • Drive: four-wheel
  • Power 150 hp (110 kW) at 3500 U / min
  • Torque: 370 Nm b. 2000-2500 U / min
  • 0-100 km / h: 9.9 s
  • Top speed: 190 km / h
  • Consumption: 5.2 l / 100 km (NEDC)
  • CO2: 134 g / km
  • Curb weight: 1,702 kg
  • Towing capacity: 2,100 kg
  • Base Price: 30,650 EUR