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Ford Kuga 2016
- Vital Stats
$39,040 - $46,420
The new Ford Kuga is making a splash with the girls in the AutoChic office, if only thanks to the models unsurpassed focus on embracing and directly marketing itself to women. Seriously, the radio advertising is offering test-drives direct to your door, so kudos to the brand for listening to the fact women are too busy to get to the dealership nowadays - we've been saying this for years.
Yet the Kuga is so much more than any cheap marketing tricks - it's a darned great car and well worth the test-drive, particularly if you're in the market for a new family vehicle. Read on.
The Kuga is so jam-packed full of state of the art technology, it seems the only thing this car can’t do is make you a coffee or fold your washing. Shame.
Like most new cars on the market today, the Kuga boasts all the amazing whizz-bang features you can expect including keyless entry, a push-start button and rear parking sensors allowing the care to actually park itself. #spooky
Although the features are fab in the Kuga the one let down is the navigation system - it just hasn’t been executed well; the screen can be pretentious at the best of times and the process of entering in an address is in a word, painful. Exhibit A - once you enter in your location, you click ‘okay’ and just when your thinking you're home and hosed, you realise the car is in fact not navigating as you haven’t confirmed the destination a second time. In the week we had the car, we made this mistake a few times - it just didn't make sense and became a tad annoying. Who has time or wants to double-check everything you do? Luckily the car has a bunch of other great features allowing us to overlook this blip on the radar.
The rear camera ensures not only faster and safer parking but beware - once you get used to having rear vision, is pretty hard to live without. And just when we thought the parking camera was pretty fabulous, we discovered the auto-park. Both scary and wonderful, it’s super easy to use and - as someone who is used to driving a much smaller car - makes the world of difference. To function, you simply press the button, align with a car parked on the side of the road, take your hands off the steering wheel, slowly reverse and unbelievably the car does the rest. It's amazing and disconcerting all at once.
The car comes standard with rear sensors, but as an add-on you can also get the front sensors. For those of you (like me) not used to driving a bigger car, these can be a huge save.
The Kuga is a safe bet with a five star ANCAP safety rating; along with the reverse camera you get airbags, ABS, emergency break assist and rear sensors. Safe to say it's, well, safe.
Additional add-ons include heated seats (great in this chilly weather and the only time I'm gonna have a 'hot' butt) and a sunroof, which all felt a little bit snazzy and luxurious.
The boot space in this car is as large as a Kardashian's wardrobe with plenty of room for everything you need to keep in your car - think groceries, gym bags, soccer boots and balls and even the family pet to boot.
For tech junkies, you can align your phone with the ‘Sync’ system and listen to your music or make calls, which is a cool feature but again, the touch screen is painfully annoying letting the whole system down. If you like your music loud, you're in luck, as the Kuga has a Sony 8 speaker stereo system allowing you belt out all of your favourite tunes at the traffic lights.
Fuel Economy and price
As far as fuel efficiency goes the Kuga delivers, yet is not as great in comparison to other SUV's you may like to consider such as the Honda CR-V or the Kia Sportage.
If long distance driving is your thing, no sweat - this car will go the distance but as for the stopping and starting nature of city driving, the Kuga will chew the petrol up fast with the fuel economy drinking 8.8 litres of premium unleaded per 100km.
Surprisingly the Kuga won’t break the bank price wise, starting at $39,040 - $46,420 it slots in comparatively well with others in its class.
You don’t realise how far safety has come in the past couple of years until you jump into a modern car like this one. Whether you’re a mum looking for a bigger car for the kids or you just want to upgrade, this car ticks all the boxes; it’s safe, has loads of space, is full of amazing technology and is pretty comfortable. BOOM.
The space and luxury combined with down to earth practicality
The navigation system needs a reminder and it's annoying to have to re-enter instructions
Describe this car in 3 words
Spacious, luxurious, practical
If this car was personified, who would it be?
J-Lo but circa Jenny from the Block (no matter how many rocks she's got, she'll always be Jenny from the block)
I'm still, I'm still Jenny from the Block