Test Driving the New Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi Titanium 163 with 4×4 Powershift

The Ford Kuga range is expanding a bit by including a third engine model which is the 163 horse power diesel.  Since the much heralded launch in May of 2008, the Ford Kuga has achieved most of its North American sales with the entry level model which is the diesel 140 horse power (including two-wheel drive and the trendy finish). The arrival of the new Ford TDCi 163 horse power engine – which is shared with both Peugeot and Citroen – will offer an alternative to diesel fuel with the more powerful version at 2.5T 200 horse power.  It comes with a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine coupled with an awesome Power Shift gear box that offers real driving pleasure and a much more entertaining drive – but, if there was a negative it does seem to lacks liveliness into the acceleration.  This is due to the robotized transmission which tends to up shift far too quickly.  Here’s a quick overview of what you get:

Overview of the New Ford Kuga Car

  • Nice quality finish
  • Plenty of interior technical functionality
  • Includes an in-dash Ford Navigation System (optional extra)
  • Loads of interior storage space
  • However the trunk has limited space
  • Lack of liveliness to the acceleration
  • Turning arcs seem to be too wide

Enable Sports Mode – But Use More Fuel

For a more dynamic drive you will need to engage the Ford Kuga Sport mode.  This generates a much higher fuel consumption with the gear lever in position D (9.8 l/100 km on average). In all, the 163 bhp TDCi Kuga uses 170 kg more than the TDCi 140 hp. However, you can choose between a six-speed manual or dual-clutch Power Shift when purchasing direct from your official Ford dealer or garage.

Definitely Take a Kuga for a Test Drive Before You Buy

If you decide to take on for a test drive yourself then you will find that it’s not great at taking turns, but the engine is quite well insulated from the cabin so you won’t hear too much external noise.  Otherwise, this version retains the qualities of other previous Kuga models and generations, in particular an easy drive with high comfort levels that are more than satisfactory – apart from when travelling at low speeds as the floor joints do tend to have small tremors. For town and city driving the wide turning radius might become an issue when attempting tight parking spaces.

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