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Ford Kuga drives down running costs

New revisions to the Ford Kuga mean that running costs have been reduced

The Ford Kuga has received a series of revisions for 2015, including the SUV’s most powerful diesel engine to date. Ford says the majority of changes are aimed at reducing the car’s running costs, by reducing CO2 emissions up to 12%.

The Kuga’s powerful 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine now produces 10% more power, but emissions have been reduced by 19g/km, which represents a £50-a-year saving on road tax.

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Another new engine for the Kuga is Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol which replaces the old 1.6-litre petrol. CO2 emissions fall from 154g/km to 143g/km for a £35-a-year saving on road tax.

A new 148bhp version of the 2.0-litre TDCI diesel is also available, recording CO2 emissions of 122g/km for an annual road tax bill of £110.

Automatic start-stop (which stops the engine when the car is stationary) and an Active Grille Shutter (which closes the car’s front grille when it's not required for cooling the engine, in order to improve aerodynamics) are fitted on all models.

Ford SYNC with AppLink is also available. This allows drivers to voice-activate apps, including music streaming services Spotify, Audioteka, Glympse and Radioplayer. The 2015 Ford Kuga is available in a range of new colours, and a bodykit is fitted on Titanium X Sport models.

Ford Kuga Engine Upgrades

EngineGearbox/driven wheelsPowerCO2 emissionsCO2 improvement over previous engine
1.5-litre EcoBoostFWD Manual148bhp143 g/km7.1 per cent (11 g/km)
1.5-litre EcoBoostAWD Automatic180bhp171 g/km4.5 per cent (8 g/km)
2.0-litre Duratorq TDCiFWD Manual148bhp122 g/km12.2 per cent (17 g/km)
2.0-litre Duratorq TDCiAWD Manual148bhp135 g/km9.4 per cent (14 g/km)
2.0-litre Duratorq TDCiAWD PowerShift148bhp140 g/km11.9 per cent (19 g/km)
2.0-litre Duratorq TDCiAWD Manual178bhp135 g/km9.4 per cent (14 g/km)
2.0-litre Duratorq TDCiAWD PowerShift178bhp140 g/km11.9 per cent (19 g/km)
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