AF­FORD­ABLE PAR­ITY

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Travel Gear -

If you don’t have the cash to stump up for a lux­ury wagon, Ford’s Kuga com­pact SUV is a great op­tion for the long road. Get it with a diesel en­gine (the 1,5 tur­bopetrol is thirstier than a Capeto­nian last De­cem­ber, with our longterm test ve­hi­cle re­turn­ing fuel fig­ures of 10,6 l /100 km) and the Trend trim level ( adap­tive cruise con­trol, Ap­ple Carplay, An­droid Auto, self park­ing) for max­i­mum value. Jump up to the range-top­ping Ti­ta­nium trim only if you need the all-wheel drive. De­spite the prob­lems that plagued the pre­vi­ous model, Kuga with a diesel en­gine and au­to­matic ( Pow­er­shift) gear­box re­mains one of the more ac­com­plished com­pact SUV pack­ages avail­able in our mar­ket.

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