The 2016 Ford Kuga SUV is now on sale in the UK, priced from £20,845.
The facelifted model made its debut at the Geneva motor show in March and comes with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine engine, as well as Ford's latest infotainment system, Sync 3.
Visually, the updated Kuga has a more heavily sculpted bonnet, which as well as giving the car a more chisled look is claimed to give better pedestrian protection in the event of an accident. It also gets Ford's trapezoidal grille, as featured on the new seven-seat Edge large SUV.
Exterior styling cues have been taken from the Edge andthe updated Ecosport small SUV, with new self-adjusting bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and new foglights, while at the rear there are restyled tail-lights and a power-operated tow bar that stores itself out of sight when not in use. The tailgate can also be opened by you doing a kicking motion below the car's rear bumper.
New ranges of 17, 18 and 19in alloy wheels are also available while inside there are fewer buttons, a new electronic parking brake and an improved design.
Engines and gearboxes
For 2016, the Kuga gets a new 120bhp 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine with front-wheel drive, which gets fuel economy of 64.2mpg while emitting 115g/km of CO2. A 2.0-litre TDCi diesel unit with 150bhp is also available, with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This unit returns 60.1mpg and emits 122g/km of CO2. A 180bhp Intelligent All Wheel Drive version, capable of 54.3mpg and with 135g/km of CO2 emissions is also available.
The 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol unit also remains, with either 120bhp or 150bhp. The four-wheel-drive 182bhp variant of this petrol engine returns 38.2mpg and 171g/km of CO2.
The new Sync 3 system comes with an 8.0in touchscreen and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. It allows drivers to control functions using conversational voice commands. For example, by saying ‘I need a coffee’ or ‘I need petrol', the sat-nav system will locate a nearby shop or service station.
All-wheel-drive models offer Ford’s semi-autonomous Perpendicular Parking technology, which helps drivers to park hands‑free in spaces alongside other cars. Cross Traffic Alert aids drivers reversing out of a parking space, while Park-Out Assist helps drivers as they exit parallel parking spaces. A new enhanced version of Ford’s Active City Stop is also provided, which can now operate at speeds of up to 31mph – an increase of 12mph.
The car's updated entry-level price of £20,845 is for the regular Zetec model. The higher-spec Titanium model (pictured) costs from £24,245, while the sporty-looking ST-Line costs from £25,845.