Purchase advice Ford Kuga

Purchase advice Ford Kuga
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E xakt it would have cost Ford 17,275,500 euros in October 2015, if each of the 3,141 buyers of a new Kuga had made use of the current grant of 5,500 euros disguised as an environmental bonus for the purchase. What might have been a more sensible investment in the future of the Ford Kuga than celebrating the model revision that the Kuga underwent after a good three years of construction. Because nobody really overworked them. The list of innovations with which the Ford Kuga is doing well for the 2016 model year remains surprisingly clear: There we have the new infotainment system known from Focus, Mondeo and S-Max, the sunroof now closes with the key remote control, one black has been replaced by another Replaced black and one green metallic by another green metallic. And, man, almost forgotten: The air vents have been redesigned.

Like the prices: The Ford Kuga starts with the premium in the basic version Trend with front-wheel drive and the 150 hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine at 18,800 euros (instead of 24,300). This is our first recommendation for everyone who just wants to have a cheap Kuga.

And a bargain, because even the basic equipment has everything you need: air conditioning, CD radio (still the old system, what hardly hurts when you know the new), the variable loading floor and the adjustable rear seat backrests. The entry-level petrol engine, which 32 percent of customers take, motorizes the Ford Kuga sufficiently - sufficiently spirited and sufficiently economical. Base, Active City Stop, done. Or:

What everyone wants: Diesel and 4x4

The 1,500 series petrol engine is also available with 182 hp, alternatively a two-liter turbo diesel with 120, 150 or 180 hp. The medium-performance variant of the diesel is the most popular with 37 percent of sales, starting as a front-wheel drive version 2x4 at 28,400 euros (from now on the list prices without discount). A good half of the customers order the all-wheel drive variant for an extra 2,000 euros (for 150 hp diesel, standard with 182 hp petrol and 180 hp diesel). Instead of the basic trend, most of them choose the titanium equipment, which is 2,100 to 3,300 euros more expensive depending on the drive variant. However, it doesn't look much more elegant in there than in the basic Ford Kuga. The only important extras it brings with it are the automatic air conditioning - the higher quality infotainment, rear parking sensors and 17-inch aluminum wheels are already included in the Sync Edition, whichCosts 1,350 to 1,850 euros more than the base. The 2.0 TDCi 4x4 Sync Edition costs 31,750 euros.

For this there is the Ford Kuga, which is hardly in its second generation in its country road and handling eagerness despite the more generous space, the more extensive variability and the better all-round view has subsided. Although it sweeps through corners with the sharp steering and the stiff chassis, it still bounces appropriately. Meanwhile, the diesel pushes forward with a grumpy but powerful pull - kindly supported by the manual six-speed gearbox. It has a suitable translation and is easy to shift, which gives little reason to spend 1,750 euros for the six-speed dual clutch transmission - only 25 percent of buyers order that.

Probably 100 percent of them wander through the price list, the Packs extras in diverse packages, which in turn cannot all be combined with one another. We recommend at least the Easy Driver Package I because of the city emergency braking system (350 euros). If it were our Ford Kuga, we would order the technology package (1,250 euros for Sync Edition). In addition to Active City Stop, it includes the lane departure warning and lane change assistant, the heated windscreen, traffic sign recognition and electrically folding exterior mirrors. Bi-xenon headlights cost 960 euros, which is always a recommendation. The adaptive cruise control with collision warning (980 euros, only from Titanium) is particularly worthwhile for frequent drivers. In our Kuga we also pack the digital radio reception (195 euros).

We invest another 405 euros for a better climate (two-zone automatic air conditioning), 900 for a little carelessness (guarantee extension five years /100,000 km), 600 in the winter (of course, complete winter wheels). That makes 36,060 euros for our perfect Kuga. If it works with the premium, Ford will deduct 5,500 euros. Which is really something fundamental for the only superficially changed Kuga - a fundamental argument.

Used too expensive

Not worth it: The Kuga has only been on the market for a good two years, The used prices are correspondingly high. 1.6-liter basic petrol with front-wheel drive start at just under 18,000 euros for 2013 models around 40,000 km - for 800 euros more there is currently a new Ford Kuga with the more modern 1.5-liter engine. Even with two-liter diesels with all-wheel drive (trend with 30,000 km from 23,000 euros), the price advantage for used vehicles is very low at around 2,000 euros.

A special offer - Sebastian Renz on the slightly misunderstood Kuga.

To like the first Kuga was easy. It drove like a Focus II, which drove in a way that a sensible compact car doesn’t really have to drive: extremely agile, stress-changing, direct. In its second generation, the Ford Kuga became bigger, more spacious, more practical, more variable. And yes, he no longer drives so exuberantly. But among all the compact SUVs, it's handlingcloser to the BMW X1 than many others. It's a really good car that Ford sells for really cheap.


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