New two-wheel-drive Ford KugaFord announces cleaner and cheaper 2WD Kuga

02 December 2008

Ford Kuga

2WD Kuga cuts running costs

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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