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Ford Kuga Titanium X

"The Ford Kuga Titanium X is generously equipped, but comes at a price."

Ford Kuga launch, UK to Courmayeur, Italy. February - March 2013.Ford Kuga launch, UK to Courmayeur, Italy. February - March 2013.
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The 'X' in the Ford Kuga Titanium X's name basically signifies more. More equipment, more technology, more convenience – but most importantly, more money. Being one up from the Titanium 'sweet spot,' the Titanium X is aimed at those who just don't think the previous range-topper is sweet enough.

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On top of the Titanium's already-generous kit list, the X throws in full leather upholstery, power-operated heated seats and a panoramic sunroof to keep the cabin light and airy. When combined with the standard Sony stereo system and dual-zone climate control, this all makes for a lavishly equipped interior.

Only two engines are available: a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel – but either can be chosen with a manual or automatic gearbox and two or four-wheel-drive, so the choice is wider than you'd expect.

There's no denying the X is well equipped, but we think it makes the Kuga just a little too expensive to represent good value for money. A top-of-the-range Kia Sportage is around £1,500 less to buy, while a Hyundai Santa Fe Premium is only around £2,000 more, but comes with two extra seats.

Good points

The choice of engines and drive options means the Kuga gives plenty of choice to potential buyers. The fact that all of these options have their own strong points makes the Kuga an attractive buy in whatever form you choose.Interior look and feel is top-notch: drivers and passengers alike will feel comfortable knowing everything inside is solidly built.

Bad points

The Sony stereo system is incredibly fiddly due to its enormous array of buttons. The Kuga has yet to be treated to Ford's refreshed SYNC 2 infotainment system, where the fascia has been redesigned to be more minimalist and less clunky.Despite some of its rivals offering one, there's no seven-seat Kuga available and it isn't quite as spacious as its competitors.We think the asking price is verging on too much.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Panoramic roof
  • Electric folding wing mirrors
  • Alarm
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Auto climate control
  • Full leather seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Electric driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic wipers
  • Sports seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Family pack

Our choice

The 2.0-litre TDCi diesel is the best option, and we'd recommend the two-wheel-drive version. This set-up is the most economical and has plenty of power to keep the Kuga competitive with its rivals. Only choose four-wheel drive if you really need it.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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