GIVE FORD SOME CREDIT

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - MAIL -

In the Oc­to­ber is­sue you raved about the Volvo XC60 and about all the ex­tra fea­tures. For ex­am­ple, if you press a but­ton it will stay in the lane, slows down to the speed of the car in front, and so on.

I have a Ford Kuga 2.0TDCi AT that is four years old with all the fea­tures you have men­tioned. A new Kuga is R150 000 cheaper than the Volvo. Give Ford a bit of credit.

I tow a Fendt car­a­van and it is the best tow car I have ever had. Not all Ku­gas burn. Ford has ex­tended my war­ranty to six years and 200 000km even though mine is a diesel. Con­sump­tion is amaz­ing: 6.5 litres/100km on a nor­mal trip, and 10.4 litres/100km tow­ing the car­a­van.

Thought I should share this with you see­ing that even the or­di­nary makes have many of the fea­tures men­tioned in the up­mar­ket cat­e­gory.

Thank you for an ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine. Adrian Mori­son, via email Thanks for your let­ter Adrian, and good to hear you are so happy with your Ford Kuga. Back in 2011, Ford won a Euro NCAP award for this tech­nol­ogy, which was de­vel­oped in the Ford Group (iron­i­cally when Volvo was still part of the Ford Group, so we’ll bet our bot­tom dol­lar that the Volvo en­gi­neers were most prob­a­bly in­volved with the de­vel­op­ment of this tech­nol­ogy).

Ford’s lane-keep­ing aid sys­tem is de­signed to as­sist the driver in avoid­ing ac­ci­dents caused by un­in­tended lane de­par­ture. It also works in con­junc­tion with Ford’s adap­tive cruise con­trol, which au­to­mat­i­cally main­tains a set gap to a ve­hi­cle in front of the Ford, and will ac­cel­er­ate and brake as re­quired.

The new XC60 takes the tech­nol­ogy to the next level though, and it’s a step fur­ther along the path to­wards full au­to­ma­tion.

The sys­tem is bet­ter in­te­grated, more seam­less and can take full charge of the driv­ing func­tions, and do it in a way that puts the driver at ease. We sug­gest you take a new Volvo XC60 for a spin at a dealer and test out the sys­tem. We’re sure you’ll un­der­stand why we raved about it. – Ed.

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