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Up close(r) with the new Ford Kuga

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I was lucky enough to have a Ford Kuga to drive for a week a while ago after I attended the launch earlier in the year. I got the Kuga in the 2.0 TDCi Trend Powershift AWD & it was such a welcome surprise to have these wheels to myself to “experience Ford technology” and I couldn’t wait to hit the streets of Jozi and show her off.

Before I “met” the Kuga, this category (SUV’s) really didn’t occur to me at all, I always thought it too big and sporty for me. As a manual girl, with zero automatic experience, learning to drive an automatic has been on my to do list forever (my hubby won’t let me near his car). I know that everyone says its super easy but it was a bit stressful unlearning 13 years of manual driving. Well by day 2 I was very comfortable in my Kuga and zipping around town effortlessly. After a week when I got back into my own car I kept stalling it and need to relearn manual!

Lust

  • The first thing I noticed getting into the Kuga (vs. my sedan) is the seating position. It’s higher and I felt like I could see more. It gave me confidence & I felt totally in control.
  • The boot is HUGE. At one stage I had my gym bag, a massive camping bag from a long weekend away, half a dozen grocery bags and my oversized handbag in there comfortably with room for more. I also like that the retractable cover over the boot area so I never felt like my goodies were visible to anyone walking by when the car was parked.
  • I was really impressed with this Diesel version of the Kuga and had this preconceived perception in my head that it would be noisy but I enjoyed her grunt on the road quite a bit.
  • The Kuga is packed with technology, top of that list is the SYNC system enabling bluetooth pairing  with multiple mobile devices & voice commands. It was super easier to set up & while I had the manual on hand I didn’t even open it as the system is very intuitive.

Love

  • The parking sensor was very nifty for me – I have an awkward (& tight parking) spot in my complex but I got the Kuga in & out of it even quicker than I do my own car.
  • This particular colour (called gingerale) was such a hit for me! I currently drive a white car so besides it being super boring it also shows up every. Speck. Of. Dirt!
  • Sunglass holder – I’m a sucker for details and this little extra felt like it was made for my oversized sunnies & it slid in & out effortlessly.

Loathe

  • There was a bit of wind noise in the cabin but it was only really noticeable with the radio off  & once I hit 110km and above.
  • The centre console is too “plasticky” for me, I’d have like to see more of it in metal.
  • Minor, but the headlights don’t go off automatically when you turn the engine off & kept beeping for me to manually switch them off when I got out of the car.

I’m not even kidding when I say that I normally prefer to spend the bulk of my day indoors, blogging and getting work done but when I had the Kuga at my disposal, I actually looked for reasons to go out! I once went to a mall and parked in a bay simultaneously as the car next door. The owner & his wife came over walked around the Kuga and complimented me  – of course I was quick to say it wasn’t mine! 🙂

If I ran the brand

  •  Albeit a bit out of my price range (because I want the Titanium, obviously!), I would be patting myself on the back. The Kuga delivers without compromise on all fronts: looks, smarts and performance.

Need to know

  • The Ford Kuga is available in 9 colours & 6 models across Ambiente, Trendline & Titanium  & retails from R289 900 including VAT.

Easy to see why the Kuga’s been nicknamed the industry’s Smart Utility Vehicle. I want.

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