Ford Kuga (2020) Pricing For Ireland

The new Ford Kuga is now on sale in Ireland
The new Ford Kuga is now on sale in Ireland

The new Ford Kuga 2020 model has arrived in Ireland. In this article we are going to take a closer look at what's new for the latest generation of Ford's popular family SUV. We will also share Irish market specific information such as pricing, engines and equipment.

The new Kuga continues the Ford brand's journey towards electrification, and will feature a plug-in hybrid for the first time! An all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-e is expected in Ireland before the end of the year. While earlier in 2020, we had an opportunity to drive the new Ford Puma and experience the brand's mild hybrid technology for the first time.

Ford is committed to offering an electrified version of every passenger vehicle it brings to market in Europe and will grow its range of electrified vehicles in Europe to 18 on sale before the end of 2021. The all-new Kuga is the first Ford vehicle to be offered with plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and full hybrid powertrain technology.

Engines for the new Ford Kuga

Ford has developed a number of powertrains for the new Kuga including 3 hybrids - the Kuga EcoBlue mild hybrid, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and by the end of 2020, the Kuga Hybrid. The brand also fits the Kuga with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines, and the 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and new eight-speed automatic.

At launch in Ireland, the range is based around the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel with 120 hp and the new 2.5-litre petrol electric plug-in hybrid with 225 hp.

The Kuga PHEV can be plugged in and charged like an electric vehicle. On pure electric power it can be driven up to 56 km (WLTP) and CO2 emissions are from 32 g/km. Ford says it will take less than 6 hours to fully charge. Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes. When the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, the Kuga automatically reverts to EV Auto mode. This supplements petrol engine power with electric motor assistance to reduce fuel consumption.

Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine quotes fuel efficiency from 5.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 133 g/km (WLTP).

Inside the new Ford Kuga
Inside the new Ford Kuga

How much will it cost?

In Ireland the new Ford Kuga range kicks off from €33,357 for the Titanium model, from €35,985 for the ST-Line, from €38,320 for the ST-Line X and from €42,016 for the Vignale. Those prices are quoted for the 1.5-litre diesel model. The Kuga plug-in hybrid range starts from €35,432, including €7,500 in grants and VRT relief.

SeriesModelEngineFuelTransmissionCO2Priced from
Titanium5 Door1.5TD EcoBlue 120PSDiesel6 Speed FWD134€33,357
Titanium5 Door2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEVPetrol HybridAutomatic32€35,432
       
ST-Line5 Door1.5TD EcoBlue 120PSDiesel6 Speed FWD136€35,985
ST-Line5 Door2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEVPetrol HybridAutomatic32€37,425
       
ST-Line X5 Door1.5TD EcoBlue 120PSDiesel6 Speed FWD137€38,320
ST-Line X5 Door2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEVPetrol HybridAutomatic32€39,762
       
Vignale5 Door1.5TD EcoBlue 120PSDiesel6 Speed FWD137€42,016
Vignale5 Door2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEVPetrol HybridAutomatic32€50,957
       

What's new for the 2020 Ford Kuga?

The new Kuga is based on Ford’s new global front-wheel drive vehicle architecture that is more aerodynamic for better fuel efficiency. Weight compared to the outgoing model has been reduced by up to 80 kg when comparing equivalent powertrain variants. Crash performance has also been improved and contributes to Kuga’s Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating. 10 per cent more torsional stiffness is said to improve driving dynamics.

Visually the car has a much sleeker and more sculpted appearance. The longer wheelbase creates a larger footprint on the road and improves ride and stability.

The Ford Kuga 2020 model is 44 mm wider and 89 mm longer than the outgoing model. Ford says that there is more shoulder room, hip room and headroom inside for front and rear seat passengers. This is despite an overall height that is 6 mm lower than the outgoing model. The second row of seats can be moved backwards to improve legroom or forwards to increase boot space (maximum 645 litres). A handsfree tailgate is also available.

The Kuga is available in four trim lines in Ireland
The Kuga is available in four trim lines in Ireland

New equipment for Ford Kuga 2020

For the first time, Kuga is offered with FordPass Connect modem technology. This allows customers to remotely control a selection of vehicle features from any location with a mobile data signal. Other modern technologies include a wireless charging pad and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system supported by an 8‑inch central touchscreen. Ford's impressive 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster also debuts for the first time in the Kuga, as does a head-up display.

Safety equipment includes a new BLIS Assist that combines Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Lane-Keeping Aid to monitor the driver’s blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind. Counter-steering is applied to warn the driver the control system senses a lane change or the driver signals one and there's a car approaching in the blind spot. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead.

Kuga also offers for the first time selectable Drive Mode technology. Each mode adjusts throttle response, steering weight and traction control and gearshift timings for automatic models. Modes for Kuga include Normal, Sport, Eco, Slippery and Deep Snow/Sand.

What are my options?

The new Ford Kuga in Ireland is available in four series: Titanium, ST-Line, ST-Line X and Vignale.

Kuga Titanium comes with 17” alloy wheels (18” for PHEV); LED daytime running lamps; halogen projector headlamps; heated and power-fold mirrors with puddle lamps; rear spoiler; twin exhausts; keyless start and entry; leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob; auto dimming rear view mirror; front scuff plates; 4.2” TFT coloured instrument cluster; SYNC with DAB audio system, 6 speakers and Navigation; FordPass Connect embedded modem; pre-collision assist and AEB; lane keeping aid with lane departure warning; and intelligent speed assist.

ST-Line adds 18” rock metallic alloy wheels; front LED fog lights with front cornering; black roof rails; ST-Line full body styling kit – (front and rear fascia and bumper design; rear painted diffuser; front painted skid plate; dark mesh upper grille); large rear spoiler; red brake calipers; flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching; alloy pedals; ST-Line sport seats in cloth; and full digital 12.3” instrument cluster.

ST-Line X adds full HED headlamps; headlamp control, automatic high/low beam; B&O premium audio system (10 speakers and subwoofer); and driver impairment warning.

Vignale adds 19” liquid aluminium alloy wheels; full LED quad projector headlamps with glare-free; Vignale body styling kit; Vignale rear diffuser; memory functionality with door mirrors; hands-free tailgate; Vignale premium leather steering wheel and gear knob; leather-wrapped instrument panel; Vignale scuff plates; full Vignale leather seat trim; heated passenger and driver seats; active park assist; and heads up display.

The new Kuga available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time
The new Kuga available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time

Ford Kuga Puts Sport in SUV

Car Review: Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi (140PS) Titanium S

Compact SUVs are highly fashionable means of transport. The emphasis tends to be more on the sport side of S-U-V than utility but the four wheel drive Ford Kuga I drove had sportiness and utility.

However, the body kit that came standard on my top of the range Titanium S trim car meant that I stayed firmly on tarmac during my test drive!

So how would I rate the Kuga?

Design

The new Kuga is bigger than the one it replaces and it’s one of the best looking SUVs in this class with a genuinely sporty look to it and the sort of presence that will scare the daylights out of supermini drivers. I had the Titanium S model to test and it seriously ranks up the bling with a body kit and 19” inch wheels. The good news is that lesser specced cars look just as good from the outside.

Ford Kuga Review
Ford Kuga: Enough presence to scare the daylights out of supermini drivers

I may have had a few grievances about the interior of the Fiesta and the Focus but the smartly finished cabin with lots of gloss black and an upgraded stereo make Ford’s busy centre console design much more palatable in the Kuga. There is a real feeling of quality to the cabin and once you close the door it’s instantly comforting and homely (if that’s possible for a car!). The Titanium S model has beautiful part leather trimmed seats that are brilliantly supportive and oh so comfy.There is lots of storage in the car including a cubby in the centre console, large door pockets all round and a large glovebox. If cupholders are a priority - there are two in the front and two in the back. There are also separate fan controls for rear passengers, so everyone on board is well catered for.

Ford Kuga Review
The cabin is smart with lashings of gloss black adding a sophisticated feel

It’s comfortable to seat five with loads of head and leg room and you can recline the rear seats easily too. The boot volume has been increased by 46 litres compared to the old model, bringing the total volume to 406 litres with a mini-spare wheel included, but a Honda CRV and Mazda CX5 have bigger boots if that is a priority. The boot has a practical square shape and a handy low and flat loading sill. You can add a “hands-free tailgate” as an option which opens the boot with just a gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper with the keys in your pocket.

Ford Kuga Review
The boot has a practical square shape and a low, flat loading sill

Driving

There was a time when you could expect a 4x4 like the Kuga to lumber about and be a bit “agricultural”. But from the minute you press the start button this Kuga will impress – it’s so car-like to drive and it will hunker down on the road for you like a hot hatch. We expect nothing less from our SUVs. I drove the popular 2.0 litre TDCi with 140bhp and from the get-go it was a wonderful match for the Kuga - swift, quiet and refined. This is a mightily impressive car on the road, probably the best handling compact SUV that you will find, but the ride is a little harsher than expected. But with handling so tight, we don’t mind. Like all Fords, the steering is excellent too with loads of feel.

Economy

The model I drove was four wheel drive so it is thirstier and more expensive to tax than the front wheel drive model. The official economy figure is just under 48mpg and I averaged 40mpg while I had the car. Annual road tax costs a hefty €390.

Equipment

Zetec models get 17” alloy wheels, front fog lights, heated windshield, cruise control, daytime running lights, rear spoiler, twin exhausts, alarm, trip computer and leather steering wheel with remote audio controls. Titanium trim adds unique 17” alloys, auto lights and wipers, front scuff plates, dual zone air conditioning, driver’s lumbar support, partial leather seats, Sony radio/CD, Ford SYNC connectivity and premium centre console with sliding armrest. Titanium S trim adds a body kit, 19” wheels, roof rails, rear parking sensors and Active Park Assist.

Verdict

Ford is leveraging their new Kuga as a luxury SUV and I was very impressed with the fit and finish of the car. Out on the road it is equally impressive, more like a hatchback than a big, lumbering utility vehicle. Buyers of these sorts of vehicles don’t really care for the utility part of S-U-V. They really just want the space and 4x4 attitude. The Kuga scores for its excellent handling and refinement, tough looks and oodles of space.

Model tested: Ford Kuga Titanium S
Price: €43,370 (Kuga range starts at €33,450)

Transmission: 6 speed manual, four wheel drive
Engine: 2.0 litre TDCi, turbo diesel
Power: 140bhp
0-100km/h: 10.7 seconds
Economy: 47.9 mpg (5.9l/100km)
CO2 emissions: 154g/km
Tax band: C (€390 per year)

Caroline Kidd