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Click above for high-res gallery of the UK Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is a terrific-looking little ute that combines the sporty nature of the Euro Focus chassis with an uber-efficient 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi common rail diesel powerplant. The best part for inhabitants of the UK is that all that kinetic design goodness and a combined 44.1 mpg will set them back just £20,495 for the Zetec and £22,495 for the Titanium model. Standard features include keyless start, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, stability control and ABS. The Titanium model adds blue-tint glass, partial leather seating surfaces, and dual-zone temperature control. If the Brits want to raise the amenity bar even higher, they can check options like a panoramic roof, high end DAB stereo system and rear-facing camera.

If every glance at an unattainable Euro Ford puts a damper on your otherwise normal day, we apologize. If you feel cheated for not being able to purchase a sexy crossover that averages the same overall fuel economy as the Toyota Prius minus the batteries and door jam aesthetics, you're not alone.

[Source: Ford]



• On sale June 2008
• Two trims available - Zetec and Titanium
• On-the-road prices from £20,495 for Zetec and £22,495 for Titanium
• Distinctive 'kinetic design' styling gives personality and presence
• Impressive on-road driving dynamics with substantial off-road ability
• Best in class CO2 figure of 169g/km
• 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136PS diesel engine

The all-new Ford Kuga, Ford's first entry into the growing crossover segment, will go on sale in June 2008. Prices start from £20,495 for the Zetec and £22,495 for the Titanium.

The Ford Kuga is based on Ford's acclaimed C-car architecture – well proven in both the Ford Focus and the Ford C-MAX. Distinctive design, intelligent AWD system, and impressive on and off-road ability make the Kuga an attractive proposition.

"I'm really excited about moving into this growing segment with such a stylish and capable vehicle. I'm confident that Kuga is going to give the competition a run for their money!" said Roelant de Waard, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain.

Powered by the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi 136PS diesel engine with standard particulate filter and six-speed manual transmission, Kuga comes with full-time Haldex intelligent AWD system. The engine provides 320Nm of torque at 2,000rpm and 340Nm in transient overboost. With combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg it also achieves class-leading levels of CO2 – 169 g/km.

Kuga is available in two specifications - Zetec and Titanium. Standard features include - keyless start, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Ford Easy fuel, Thatcham category 1 alarm and MP3 connector.

Titanium adds rain sensing wipers, blue tinted glass, partial leather trim, cruise control, automatic headlights and dual electronic air temperature control. Additional premium options available include, rear facing camera, panoramic roof, USB connectivity and DAB radio.

New features to the segment and to Ford include a dual split-tailgate design - offering flexibility and convenience with separate access to either the glass upper tailgate section only or both sections simultaneously.
The car is available in a choice of nine body colours including two brand new metallic colours – 'Chill' and 'Electric White.'

The eye-catching Kuga interior incorporates cloth or fine leathers and gloss finishes with a choice of shades. Colour-matched details of the interior design and integrated trim colours highlight the instrument panel and door trims, creating a complete, unified look of design-led quality and premium sportiness.

Kuga offers comfortable and spacious seating for up to five adults. The second row of seating has a 60/40 split and can fold completely flat to maximise the load space. Underseat storage beneath the second row with further storage under the floor of the luggage compartment area offers maximum practicality. The Kuga has a generous luggage capacity of 1,355 litres when in two-seat mode, while the enclosed luggage compartment achieves a volume of up to 410 litres.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Round 2...
        • 7 Years Ago
        that thing looks so much nicer than VW's tiguan. Probably comes with a manual shift also and gets really good mpg instead of low 20s.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would be nice competition for the Tiguan since they would be the only diesel CUV's available in the near future. The Tiguan however, does not get low 20's in MPG as was mentioned, a previous ABG post stated 32.6mpg for the TDI.

      • 7 Years Ago
      This should have been the Mercury Mariner replacement in the U.S., but oh well. Enough said.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man....I am so glad we get the Ford Escape and those poor suckers get stuck with this ........thing. I don't know how they put up with it. That's sarcasm Ford....thanks for screwing the USA once again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sadness ensues.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, so we get the Taurus X and they get this thing? Come on Ford, who's running that place??
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its at least nice to know somewhere in the world, people are enjoying cool Ford products.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it only had a gasoline engine...but I'm sure it will come with the new turbocharged plants ford is developing (I hope).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good for Ford for powering the Kuga SUV for the UK with a diesel .

      Why is the diesel continually shunned by U.S.automakers building vehicles for U.S. consumers????
      You would think meeting new CAFE goals would be a lot easier with the use of diesel power...it may be old, it may still use a petroleum based fuel(in most cases) but is a proven power source with a fuel supply system in place.
      U.S. automakers seem to be betting longterm on unproven technology that will still take many years before reaching full fruition....

      until that time, why not utilize technology we have while re-inventing the wheel ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      To compare prices please do not just calculate exchange rates. Take a similarily equipped car from the competition and then look how much prices differ. You'll soon notice that this cars price is maybe a bit higher than an RAV 4, but a little bit lower than a VW Tiguan.

      Then you can start comparing: "If this vehicle was priced in the same range as a RAV4 in the US, how would it sell here?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      For you people that think this car is $40.000 let me inform you that Britian has at least two taxes that customers pay, a car tax and 17.5% Vat, Britan as a whole gets ripped off in its car prices, chances are this same unit in Denmark, Belgium, France, Spain or Germany would cost thousands less.

      The British buy lots of cars, always wanting the latest cars and options, so in effect car companies make a nice profit.

      Over the years there has been a big stink over prices other Europeans pay for the exact same cars, it has got a point where some Brits will buy in a foreign country and ship it back, pay taxes and still save thousands.

      What Im trying to say is forget trying to compare prices, If its a Ford and the size of a Escape then chances are it would be available here for the same price, The Kuga is up against the CRV and Rav 4 in Europe too, prices have to be comparable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think AutoBlog writers have this little sadistic fetish for waving Ford of Europe products in the faces of "we that cant have".

        • 7 Years Ago
        No kidding. And it hurts. This is an awesome looking vehicle.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was just thinking the same thing. Can a day not go by where we're reminded how much better Ford of Europes cars are than the junk they peddle in the U.S.?

        American Fords suck, European Fords rock, we get it already.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey Ford, how many CRV's & RAV's are sold here in the states. That little wagon would take a big chunk out of their total.
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