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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
Lindy George She says Ford Kuga – Titanium F inally, Ford’s long awaited mid-size SU V has landed in Australia. But, in what is probably the most competitive market across all categories, the Kuga (pronounced ‘cougar’ and with an engine growl to match) has some serious competition. Built in Germany, it’s the current European model and will soon be due for an update. You have a choice of two models – Trend ($37,990 drive away) and Titanium ($43,490 drive away). Our test model was the latter. Both models have 5-speed auto transmission driven by a 2.5 litre Duratec 5-cylinder turbo petrol engine, that gives you plenty of grunt, but at a cost – our lowest fuel consumption was 10.5L/100km and that was on the open road. You’ll have five-star safety w ith six airbags, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Anti-lock braking System (ABS) with Electronic The heated leather seats are firm with minimal bolstering, but heating and lumbar support for both driver and passenger made the drive comfortable. The split tailgate is a great idea, but I couldn’t close the ‘flip glass’ – must be that height thing again! And while it’s nice to have a glass panoramic roof, it was difficult to use, so it stayed closed. Our Kuga also came standard with rear parking sensors, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, privacy glass, climate control, auto-dimming rear v ision mirror and my favour ite – ‘quickclear’ heated windscreen, which is just great for our frosty mor nings. ANCAP ★★★★★ GreenRating ★★★1⁄2 Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TC), Dy namic Stability Control (DSC) with anti-rollover mitigation. There’s certainly no faulting the build – what can I say? It’s German-built, which equates to great fit and finish. The Kuga is solid! We tested its AW D capability at Agfest by driving through paddocks full of mud and sheep poo – combined with 18” alloys, it didn’t bother the Kuga at all. Indeed, it’s a pleasure to drive and handles beautifully. But ergonomically speaking – where would you expect to find a start button? Well, not where any of us were looking! (FYI – little button, top centre of dashboard). Much adjusting of the steering wheel and seat was required before I found a position comfortable enough to reach the accelerator pedal, as it sits quite high – maybe it’s a lack of height on my part that’s the problem. NEW CHAIR DESIGN www.prking.com.au Conditions apply* Keeping you in the home you love Stannah Stairlift free home assessment Inside for straight or turning stairways... ...or outside for straight stairways Call Michael on 9748 3488 for your free brochure Conditions apply** Valid on new purchases of a new straight model stairlift. See www.prking.com.au for full terms and conditions. 14 day money back guarantee* 20537_Journey Ad.indd 1 17/04/12 4:33 PM Life on the move 22 August / September 2012
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