2020 Ford Kuga: 3 diesel to choose from 120, 150 and 190 hp

The 3rd generation of Ford Kuga was unveiled at the end of 2019: the Kuga is the mid-range SUV of the range, based on the Focus platform, which is placed between the small Puma and the big Edge. It offers a wide range of engines, including 3 diesel 120, 150 or 190 hp. We are trying here the intermediate version, 150 hp therefore, which has the particularity of using a micro-hybridization (do not rely on the rear badge which says hybrid quite simply): it is in fact an alternator-starter whose objective is to consume less. We will come back to it. The range of engines is wide, as we have already said, but the range also includes 5 finishes, not counting the business versions. Our test model is in ST-Line X finish, located just below the top of the range called Vignale.

2020 Ford Kuga: plenty of room, average presentation

Inside, the Kuga takes over the dashboard of the Focus but with a digital instrument cluster as standard from the ST Line finish, an element for the moment unavailable on the Focus. This handset can be personalized according to the driving modes. In the center, the central 8-inch screen is small by today’s standards, but it’s responsive. The presentation is correct, but less flattering than that of a 3008 or a Tiguan. The equipment is quite complete at this level of the range even if it still lacks the monitoring of blind spots or an adaptive regulator, available as an option. At the rear, there is a sliding rear seat, but it is only standard from our trim level. Below, it is not even offered as an option. Habitability, on the other hand, is one of the strong points and is more generous than in a 3008. In the trunk, a battery takes place under the floor and makes lose a few dm3 compared to the versions without any hybridization. We measured 479 dm3 while most competitors exceed 500 dm3.

Ford Kuga 2.0 EcoBlue 150 MHEV ST Line X 2020 dashboard
Ford Kuga 2.0 EcoBlue 150 MHEV ST Line X 2020 dashboard

Ford Kuga 2020 diesel 150: disappointing in chassis

This 150 hp Ford Kuga diesel plays in the same court as the Seat Ateca TDi 150, VW Tiguan TDI 150. It has a lot of competitors and compared to them, it is heavier. Indeed, we weighed it at more than 1700 kg and compared to the 3 rivals mentioned, it is at least 100 kg heavier, even 150 kg. This does not affect the performance which is at the level of the competition. Ditto for the times: we measured 12.2 seconds to go from 80 to 120 km / h in 6th gear, a sign that the gearbox is well staged and that the engine with its 370 Nm of torque (which is a rather generous figure for the category) digests this excess of kilograms without too much problem. On the other hand, at the behavioral level, it feels more. Quite astonishing because Ford is usually one of the good ones on the chassis approval part. The first Kuga that we had tried was in plug-in hybrid, therefore heavy (almost 1.9 tonnes), and we thought that the not very agile side was to be attributed to overweight. But there, with almost 200 kg less, and we keep a not very dynamic side. As soon as you abrupt the machine a little, the ESP comes into action quite violently. So we are far in approval of a 3008 or an Ateca. And with this version on 19-inch wheels, comfort is not at best either. Let’s end on a good note anyway: the alternator-starter allows absolutely painless stop and start, which go completely unnoticed, and it is rather efficient for the consumption part. with almost 200 kg less, and we keep a not very dynamic side. As soon as you abrupt the machine a little, the ESP comes into action quite violently. So we are far in approval of a 3008 or an Ateca. And with this version on 19-inch wheels, comfort is not at best either. Let’s end on a good note anyway: the alternator-starter allows absolutely painless stop and start, which go completely unnoticed, and it is rather efficient for the consumption part. with almost 200 kg less, and we keep a not very dynamic side. As soon as you abrupt the machine a little, the ESP comes into action quite violently. So we are far in approval of a 3008 or an Ateca. And with this version on 19-inch wheels, comfort is not at best either. Let’s end on a good note anyway: the alternator-starter allows absolutely painless stop and start, which go completely unnoticed, and it is rather efficient for the consumption part.

Ford Kuga 2.0 EcoBlue 150 MHEV ST Line X 2020 profile
Ford Kuga 2.0 EcoBlue 150 MHEV ST Line X 2020 profile

2020 Ford Kuga diesel 150: a half-convincing micro-hybridization

Indeed, even if this Kuga cannot run on electricity alone, the alternator-starter sometimes offers a little help to the heat engine, which allows it to be among the best of its kind with 6.1 liters on average. according to our measurements. But a Kadjar dCi 150 only consumes 0.1 liters more without any hybridization. Good but could do better, then. This nevertheless avoids any ecological penalty. There is therefore nothing to add to the € 37,100 of our test model, except a few options. It is rather well placed since for the same price, a 3008 offers only 130 hp in GT Line finish. On the other hand, it is much cheaper than a Tiguan TDI 150 with equal equipment, but a little more expensive than an equivalent Ateca TDI 150.