GIVE FORD SOME CREDIT
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.