The Kuga comes in two trim levels, Zetec and Titanium and the choice can have quite an impact on the interior.
The Kuga comes in two trim levels, Zetec and Titanium and the choice can have quite an impact on the interior. The Titanium comes with a partial leather trim, a leather gear-knob, seat-back trays and blue tinted glass but the Zetec has the option of a glossy tunnel console in orange or blue, with matching door trims and patterned cloth seats.
Another major difference is in the centre console, which is broad with an aluminium-effect finish, set into the soft-touch dashboard. On Zetec models, it houses three chunky dials for the climate control (with manual air conditioning) while above, sits the Ford CD/radio unit, which is also aluminium coloured, save for a narrow display area, and the combination makes the centre console seem much brighter and larger.
Titanium models, on the other hand, come with a very nice Sony CD/radio system with eight speakers, MP3 compatibility and, if it isn’t already, is soon to be DAB. There are other systems on the options list including an Advanced Navigation System with 5-inch, colour, touch-screen, which comes with a host of other goodies. A Premium Navigation System is also available and is packaged with a 7-inch touch-screen, dual electronic air-conditioning, heated front seats and, it has recently been announced that a rear-view camera has been added to the list.
A portable audio device connector is standard issue but a USB/iPod port is only available with the Bluetooth Hands-Free, the satellite systems and Sony audio.
When it comes to choosing optional extras and accessory packs, it is a matter of mix and match but the best one, by far, is the panoramic sunroof, which is fixed but stretches to cover both rows of seats and almost the full width of the cabin. On its own, it adds £400 to the OTR prices but for the Titanium it can be ordered as part of the Titanium X Pack costing £2,000. The other £1,600 goes on full leather trim, heated front seats, 6-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, Bi-xenon headlights and a solar-reflecting windscreen.
The Zetec Kuga is priced at £20,900 and the Titanium is £2,000 more. Both have keyless start via the square Ford logo-button on the centre console, powered and heated door mirrors, height adjustment and lumbar support for the driver and a rake- and reach-adjustable steering column.
The Titanium adds automatic wipers and headlights, height and lumbar adjustment for the front passenger and a central folding armrest in the back row, amongst other things. In short, the Zetec is for the more sporty types and the Titanium has a more luxurious, techno feel.
Both are powered by a 2.0-litre, 16-valve Duratorq, diesel unit, which produces 136PS at 4,000rpm and 320Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. This is through a non-optional, 6-speed manual gearbox but it is a Getrag system, so we won’t complain.
Ford Kuga Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Ford Kuga 2.0i TDCi Zetec|
|Colour||Panther Black Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||52.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 23/10/08)||£20,900|