Ford Kuga PHEV ST-Line Review

Ford Kuga has gained good reputation over the last few years in the European market, and shows that it takes what it takes. It has an appealing look, good driving and is available at good prices.

This is the third generation of the Kuga, and despite the new facelift that visually approaches his little brother, the Ford Puma, has more to offer than just this.

Motorization and Battery

The Kuga PHEV, as the name indicates, comes with a hybrid motorization. As for the combustion engine, we have a 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle engine with 4 cylinder. In the electric part, the Kuga offers an electric motor together with a 14.4 kWh lithium battery and generator. This set produces in total 255 horses and allows an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds; a slightly weak performance for the power it possesses. In the fully electric mode the Kuga can make up to 56 Km with a fully charged battery, which turns out to be a relatively weak value for other options on the market. Accompanying this motorization is a CVT automatic transmission.

As for charging, the battery can be charged through an entrance at the left part of the body. These charges last about 6 hours to fully charge the battery if it is empty. Alternatively, Kuga also has regenerative charging technology, which converts kinetic energy captured during braking.

Kuga also features four battery usage modes: EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge. If the battery reaches the minimum load level the system automatically activates the Auto EV mode, in which the system uses electrical energy to watch the combustion engine while capturing power through the brakes.

Driving

The driving of the new Kuga PHEV is more than satisfactory and is such what Ford has already inhabited us in most of its vehicles.

The suspension height combined with the steering weight allow the car to bend well and have good traction while doing so. This eventually makes the Kuga PHEV an excellent car for technical roads, despite being an SUV. The engine already mentioned also allows the SUV to keep track of the traffic in a fast way without any additional effort.

Overall, driving makes this car an excellent competitor in the current SUV market.

Exterior

The exterior of the new Kuga is very appealing and demonstrates the advances that this third generation has regarding the most familiar aesthetic that was present in the previous generation. In addition, this ST-Line version still has some extras that further improve its appearance.

This version features a body-kit that includes unique designs from the front and rear bumpers. It also includes a rear diffuser painted with chrome-plated exhaust tips embedded. A protective engine plate and a black radiator grill, both painted black. As for the wheels you can count on a set of 18-inch light alloy rims, painted in Rock Metallic, and complemented by a set of red brake clamps.

The ST-Line also features black roof bars, a small-profile spoiler with a built-in braking headlamp and a shark-style antenna.

Interior

The interior, despite inviting, is the area in which the design begins to show a little its age. At the center of the tablier we found an 8-inch touchscreen display whose graphics could not only be newer as the user interface could be more appealing. This screen is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it also features Google Maps installed, although it has Ford’s own navigation system.

In addition to the central screen, Kuga also has a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument panel that contrasts with the entertainment screen, due to being more technologically updated and also more appealing.

This new generation of Kuga is more spacious than any other. It has five seats and all banks, steering wheel and interior panels come with the red embroidery typical of the Ford ST-Line, which gives the interior a more sporty look.

The various forms and lines applied to the tablier and the panels on the doors seem to make them a little too full. In addition, the choice of plastics used in the construction of these same panels could have been better, since they seem to convey a low-quality construction.

As for the boot you can have a capacity of 475 liters, which can increase it to the 1534 if bend the rear seats.

Equipment

In addition to the entertainment screen and dashboard already mentioned, Kuga has several technologies that improve the quality of life of its users.

Windshield wipes are activated with the rain detection, the trunk can be opened through a sensor at the bottom of the rear bumper and the LED headlights are also of automatic nature. The driver also has no concern to remove the pocket keys, since the Kuga has not only a keyless entry system as the car itself can also be connected without the use of the key. The sound system is courtesy of B&O.

As for driving assistance, the driver will have adaptive cruise control, an active parking assistance system that controls accelerator, changes and brakes, and also includes a rear camera and a front.

Verdict: Ford Kuga PHEV

The new Ford Kuga PHEV offers a great driving experience and also a good hybrid engine experience. It comes well equipped, is comfortable and spacious and still has a great look. It is a good choice for those looking to acquire their first hybrid vehicle or for those who are not yet ready to commit themselves to fully electric vehicles.

Despite some cons, the qualities of the Kuga PHEV offer you not only the potential to become a car of choice for several families, but also make it an excellent competitor in the European SUV market.

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