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Ford Kuga named the safest small SUV of the year

Ford Kuga named the safest small SUV of the year FORD_Kuga_2012_Front-crash-test-result
Tristan Honeywill

Compact SUVs are great for families; the Ford Kuga is just that little bit safer than anything else available at the moment. Achieving the highest crash test score in its category last year, Euro NCAP has rated the vehicle as the best in its class. Just beating the Vauxhall/Opel Mokka, the Kuga is the safe choice compact SUV for 2013.

The SUV’s standard safety concept is pretty comprehensive. Protection for the occupants is very good overall, with maximum points in the side impact test. It’s a safe choice for buyers with small children too: in Euro NCAP’s crash tests, the Kuga scored maximum points for both the 18-month and three-year old dummies.

And, in the event of an accident with a pedestrian, protection for legs and a child’s head is good.

The Kuga also features a few of the useful reminder systems that save lives. There are seatbelt reminders in the front and rear and an easy-to-use speed limiter device.

All the usual anti-skid technologies like stability control come as standard. And as part of the £1000 Driver Assistance Pack the Kuga also offers the latest accident prevention technologies that are available on other Fords. Active City Stop helps reduce the chances of running into the car in front in heavy town traffic. There’s also a blind spot information system and a lane-keeping aid included.

If your Kuga is fitted with the DAB Audio and Navigation Systems, which is optional on some versions, then you also get an Emergency Assistance feature, which calls the emergency services in the event of an accident.

The 2013 Kuga is bigger than its predecessor and features a lot of technologies to make driving safer and more convenient. There are a number of serious, attractive competitors in this class; if safety matters most to you, then the new Kuga deserves to be the small 4×4 you choose in 2013.

The Ford Kuga is just that little bit safer than anything else available…
it offers comprehensive crash protection and an affordable Driver Assistance Pack that makes driving saferAll_New_Ford_Kuga_02

Safety tips

Buying guide

  • The Kuga starts at £21,900
  • To see Euro NCAP’s complete report on the Kuga, click here
  • There are three equipment levels: Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X
  • It makes sense to fit the Driver Assistance Pack for £1000. The pack costs £900 on Titanium and Titanium X models
  • If the Kuga is too big for you, consider the new Vauxhall/Opel Mokka. It comes a close second in this class and offers more compact proportions


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