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

The 3rd generation Ford Kuga was unveiled at the end of 2019: the Kuga is the medium SUV of the range, based on the Focus platform, which comes 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 so, which has the distinction of using a micro-hybridization (do not rely on the rear badge which says hybrid simply): it is actually an alternator-starter whose goal 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 has 5 finishes, not counting the business versions. Our test model is in ST-Line X finish, located just below the high-end called Vignale.

2020 Ford Kuga: lots of space, average presentation

Inside, the Kuga takes up the dashboard of the Focus but with a combined digital instrument in series from the ST Line finish, an element currently unavailable on the Focus. This handset can be personalized according to the driving modes. In the center, the 8-inch central screen is small by today’s standards, but it is responsive. The presentation is correct, but less flattering than that of a 3008 or a Tiguan. The equipment is fairly complete at this level of range even if it still lacks blind spot monitoring or an adaptive regulator, available as an option. At the rear, there is a sliding rear seat, but it is standard only from our level of finish. 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 causes a few dm3 to be lost compared to the versions without any hybridization. We measured 479 dm3 while most of the competitors exceeded 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 150hp Ford Kuga diesel plays in the same yard as the Seat Ateca TDi 150, VW Tiguan TDI 150. It has lots of competitors and is heavier compared to them. Indeed, we weighed it over 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 recoveries: 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) easily digests this excess kilograms. On the other hand, at the behavioral level, it feels more. Quite surprising because usually Ford is one of the good on the chassis approval part. The first Kuga that we tried it was a plug-in hybrid, so heavy (almost 1.9 tonnes), and we thought that the not very agile side was to be attributed to the overweight. But there, with almost 200 kg less, and we keep a not very dynamic side. As soon as you abruptly hit the craft, the ESP comes into force quite violently. So we are far away in the approval of a 3008 or an Ateca. And with this version on 19-inch wheels, comfort is not the best either. Let’s finish on a good note anyway: the alternator-starter allows absolutely painless stop and start, which go completely unnoticed, and it is rather effective for the consumption part. with almost 200 kg less, and we keep a not very dynamic side. As soon as you abruptly hit the craft, the ESP comes into force quite violently. So we are far away in the approval of a 3008 or an Ateca. And with this version on 19-inch wheels, comfort is not the best either. Let’s finish on a good note anyway: the alternator-starter allows absolutely painless stop and start, which go completely unnoticed, and it is rather effective for the consumption part. with almost 200 kg less, and we keep a not very dynamic side. As soon as you abruptly hit the craft, the ESP comes into force quite violently. So we are far away in the approval of a 3008 or an Ateca. And with this version on 19-inch wheels, comfort is not the best either. Let’s finish on a good note anyway: the alternator-starter allows absolutely painless stop and start, which go completely unnoticed, and it is rather effective 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

Ford Kuga 2020 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 consumes only 0.1 liters more without any hybridization. Good but can do better, therefore. This still avoids any ecological penalty. There is therefore nothing to add to the € 37,100 of our test model, except for a few options. It is rather well placed since for the same price, a 3008 offers only 130 hp in GT Line finish. It is however much cheaper than a Tiguan TDI 150 with equal equipment but a little more expensive than an equivalent Ateca TDI 150.