The Ford Kuga is already one of the greenest SUVs (sports utility vehicles) you can buy. Now there’s a front-wheel- drive version that’s even cleaner.
The existing four-wheel-drive 2.0-litre turbo diesel model emits an impressively low 169g/km CO2; the new front-wheel-drive version cuts that by 10g/km to 159g/km. Fuel economy is also boosted 2.1mpg, from 44.1mpg to 46.3mpg.
Without the aid of four-wheel-drive traction, grip levels may suffer slightly. But with electronic stability control fitted as standard this is really only likely to bother anyone taking their SUV off-road. And we can’t imagine that many Kuga buyers are going to do that.
Lower car tax band
Dropping below 160g/km benefits business customers, making them eligible for a 20% annual write-down allowance against Corporation Tax (above 160g/km it’s 10%). The reduction also lowers the annual Vehicle Excise Duty – down from £175 to £150 a year.
Amusingly, in addition to this new, more efficient Kuga turbodiesel, Ford has also confirmed a 2.5-litre petrol turbo with 197bhp and four-wheel drive, capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds.
This engine is shared with the Ford Focus ST, as well as the range-topping Mondeo and S-Max.
Thirsty petrol turbo
This engine isn’t especially green – the manual version claims figures of 28.5mpg and 234g/km CO2. But it is the only Kuga offered with an automatic gearbox, which makes it even less efficient – 27.4mpg and 244g/km CO2. Ford says this sates a minority customer demand.
On sale now, the front-wheel drive Kuga is available in Zetec and Titanium trim, priced from £18,596, a £1,865 saving over the four-wheel drive model.
The 2.5 petrol turbo is available in Titanium trim only, and starts at £23,788 – topping the range by £1,370.
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