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Vastly superior and more efficient than the motor it replaces, the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine transforms the Kuga and gives it a stronger pitch.

06 Aug 2015

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As significant as VTEC was for Honda in the 1990s, the EcoBoost range of engines is poised to do even more for Ford. And as part of expanding the powertrain lineup, the Ford Kuga has received a new motor - a 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine.

The mid-sized SUV sector is where all of the hype is right now, and recent years have seen a flurry of new or updated entrants including the Kia Sportage, the Honda CR-V, the Nissan Qashqai, the Mazda CX-5, the Subaru Forester and the Toyota RAV4.

It, thus, makes sense for Ford to introduce a new powertrain in Singapore for the Kuga. The vehicle is not only one of the smallest in displacement in its class, but also one that is more value for money, thanks to the lesser road tax.

The cockpit is comfortable and modern with a good tactile feel

Up close and Personal


Don't go looking for changes to the sheet metal - the Kuga looks the same. We're big fans of the SUV's styling - it's crisp and modern with nice proportions.

In fact, the car is the evolution of Ford's Vertek Concept shown at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show, which came about to provide the Blue Oval company fresh stimulus in the fast-growing mid-sized SUV segment.

The interior of the Kuga is business as usual and that is to say that Ford's little 3.5-inch blue screen display sits atop the dashboard with a vast array of confusing, mobile phone-inspired buttons strewn below.

Still, you can't fault the Ford for practicality thanks to a 406-litre boot, rising to 1,603 litres with the rear seats folded.

New electric seats to aid the driver's convenience
Also read our comparison article on:
Ford Kuga vs Kia Sportage vs Nissan Qashqai
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Car Information

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Price

: $143,999

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Twin Variable Cam Timing Turbocharger

Engine Cap

:

1498cc

Horsepower

:

134kW (180 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

240 Nm / 5000 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) SelectShift

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10.1sec

Top Speed

:

200km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.5 km/L

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