We are approaching final years of the second-generation’s production cycle, so it is not wondering that 2018 Ford Kuga comes without bigger changes. At the time when the original version came, it didn’t have many competitors. Nowadays, the world is full of mainstream compact crossover. It is definitely one of the most competitive segments in the car industry. The current generation of Kuga is present since 2012. For this class, it is pretty much.
We are pretty sure that Ford’s management is aware of this, so changes in near future are certain. Some reports suggest that the new generation will arrive already in a year or two. In any case, the 2018 Kuga remains pretty much the same. There is a familiar look, which comes in the company’s familiar manner. The same thing is in on the inside, as well as under the hood, where the engine lineup remains unchanged.
2018 Ford Kuga redesign
Despite its age, the 2018 Ford Kuga still looks pretty decent. However, you can find much younger and better-looking crossover on the market these days. Although this one is definitely worth the money, the overall impression is that it lacks in many aspects, compared to the competition. With this crossover, you will get a pretty decent ride quality. A familiar C1 platform still provides nice performances. On the other side, interior space could be better. This especially refers to the cargo capacity, which below the average, if we compare 2018 Ford Kuga with competitors. The thing is with the styling. Simply, this crossover is a real mixed bag. It isn’t bad, but there are many better crossovers in the offer these days.
2018 Ford Kuga styling
Just like we mentioned, the 2018 Ford Kuga offers a styling that isn’t bad. However, it is far from the most attractive in the class. Simply, these lines looks a little bit outdated compared to some rivals, which are much younger. On this model, you get the brand’s familiar design language. Although this design philosophy is present on many other models from Ford, the base shape looks as the main problem. For this segment, 2018 Ford Kuga looks too much SUV-ish. However, if we consider that this model is in the offer in North America too, this seems logical. So, we can just hope that the next generation will come with much better aerodynamics and more attractive overall shape. On the inside, you get a pretty nice cabin. The interior design is good, although there are some areas where materials look cheap. This is most notable on the center console
2018 Ford Kuga engines
The 2018 Ford Kuga continues with the same engine lineup. There are several engines in the offer. Base models come with a familiar 1.5-liter EcoBoost unit, which is good for about 148 horsepower.
If you are for some more powerful variant, there is a 1.6-liter engine with a max output of 180 horses. Also, there are several diesel variants in the offer.
All of them feature a familiar 2.0-liter engine, which comes in different output configurations, from 140 to 180 horsepower, roughly. All engines are available with either manual or automatic transmission.
In North America, this model comes as Ford Escape and includes few additional gasoline units, including 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 168-hp engine.
2018 Ford Kuga price and competition
Since there are no changes for the 2018 Ford Kuga, the price also remains the same. Base models with gasoline engine go around 30.000 dollars. On the other side, fully-loaded models with a diesel engine could easily go over 40.000 dollars.
When it comes to the competition, key rivals are models like Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai etc.