Review: The new Ford Kuga

Kuga Titanium ... the luxury version of the new compact SUV from Ford.
Kuga Titanium ... the luxury version of the new compact SUV from Ford. 

When I heard that Ford was introducing the Ford Kuga – the new compact SUV model – to Australia, I jumped at the chance to test drive it from the perspective of a mum-to-be.

And I’m glad I did: I found the Ford Kuga to be comfortable, smart, stylish, and packed with plenty of features.

Now in my third trimester, I was very impressed to discover that the Kuga was designed keeping the pregnant woman in mind. Ford actually developed a pregnancy suit to allow their engineers to experience how pregnancy can affect drivers, and to learn firsthand about the problems pregnant women face when driving, such as awkwardness in body movements and limitations in reach.

Here’s a short video for more on the Ford Pregnancy Suit:

I was very impressed to discover that the Kuga was designed keeping the pregnant woman in mind

There are two models of the compact SUV to choose from: Trend and Titanium. The Ford Kuga Trend is the basic sporty model starting at $38,990, and the Ford Kuga Titanium is the luxury model at $44,990.

Driving the Ford Kuga was very smooth on the road, and quite economical in terms of fuel consumption (it used approximately 10.3 litres per 100km). The keyless system took a little getting used to – a remote control automatically unlocks the car within a specified range, then you start the car by pushing a button on the dashboard and pressing the brake pedal at the same time.

Bluetooth connectivity is standard in both the Titanium and the Trend, and is a great feature for busy mums. There’s also plenty of boot space and a clever split tailgate so you don’t have to open the whole rear door for quick access the boot.

I was lucky enough to try the luxury Titanium, which also offers a few other extras, including:

  • rear parking sensors to aid with reverse parking – very handy when upgrading to a larger car
  • rain sensors built into the front windscreen: the wipers automatically turn on in the rain, and adjust their speed depending on how heavy the rain is
  • headlights that can be set to automatically turn on when it starts to get dark
  • heated seats – with five settings – for the driver and front passenger, which warm up very quickly (great on cold mornings!)
  • a fixed glass panorama sunroof, giving the interior lots of natural light, with a blind that can be drawn to keep out the sun's glare
  • flip-up tray tables mounted on the back of the front seats for back-seat passengers.

You can feel safe knowing that the Ford Kuga SUV has a five-star safety rating, and features a range of airbags to protect you and your family from all angles. As well as the full-size front and side airbags for the front passenger and driver, there are also side curtain airbags in both the front and rear of the vehicle.

All in all, I was really happy with the Ford Kuga, and would happily recommend it as a great family vehicle.

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