Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 23 Apr 2020
I have reviewed it many times before. I have gone into details of what it offers in terms of space, practicality, style and affordability, but this time it’s different. This is the Kuga ST Line. Similar to the others but with some more tasty garnish.
- Price:+-R550 000
- Engine:0-litre, 4-cylinder Petrol Motor
- Gearbox:6-speed Automatic
- Fuel economy:6 L/100 km (claimed average)
- Power/torque:177 kW / 340 Nm
The Kuga has always offered a practical approach to family commuting. With its large dimension interior, space is of optimum proportions for both front and rear occupants. With a rear bench which can be reclined, seats which fold flat and very cavernous luggage loading area, the Kuga scores top marks in terms of its practicality.
Then it’s onto safety and technology. Packing Ford’s multitude of safety systems, including blind-spot monitoring and lane departure assist, forward collision alert with active braking, a multitude of airbags throughout the cabin and ISOFIX mounting points, the Kuga ticks all the safety boxes. Ford’s SYNC3 multimedia system has long been praised for its ease of use and ability and makes light work of multimedia requirements with some nice touches such as its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto abilities.
Power and performance come in the way of a 2.0-litre 4 cylinder petrol-driven motor which develops 177 kW and 340 Nm of torque. Power delivery is more than ample with the Kuga weighing a tad on the heavy side which results in its claimed 8.6L/100 km consumption figure. On the whole, the power delivery is smooth and the six-speed automated transmission is a great choice for this kind of vehicle.
Finally, with its brilliant blackened alloy wheels, ST-Line badging and sharpened lines, the Kuga ST Line takes what is the already pleasant Kuga styling and adds some more pizzazz. This is a great way to top off what has always been a way underrated and impressive performing family SUV.