New 2013 Ford Range
Earlier this week, we introduced you to some of the Ford models side by side. It’s time to complete the range with part two, which covers some of Ford’s larger vehicles.
Named after the powerful big cat, the Ford Kuga is at home in the urban jungle and the countryside. Twin exhausts, an elevated driving position and a new instrument panel give this SUV the feel of a sporty racer. Typically for a Ford, it’s also been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.
Under the bonnet, one of Ford’s 2.0- or 2.5-litre engines capably powers the Kuga. With either a five-speed or six-speed gearbox, each engine takes the model from 0-60 in less than eight seconds. The Intelligent All Wheel Drive system is supported by Control Blade rear suspension.
The Ford Mondeo has a reputation for efficiency and an aerodynamic style. It’s available in five-door and estate versions, with sporty agility and a premium finish. Metallic highlights accentuate both the car’s ‘face’ and cabin, and each seat is covered in soft leather.
The engine range for the Mondeo varies from 1.6 litres to 2.2 litres in capacity. All versions offer a very generous combined MPG and reduced CO2 emissions. To support the driver, the Human Machine Interface with wheel-mounted controls is fitted in the cabin.
When you think of a true ‘driver’s car’, you’ll instantly picture the Ford S-MAX. As a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), it can carry up to seven adults in total comfort. EuroNCAP has also awarded the model with five stars for safety, and Ford packs the cabin with electronic driver support and infotainment.
Using Ford’s Start-Stop technology in some of the engines, the S-MAX can produce an impressive level of fuel economy. Every version of this SAV is fitted with a PowerShift gearbox with a double clutch system.
The Ford Galaxy embodies ‘Kinetic Design’, with jewel-shaped headlights and a dynamic silhouette. It has some of the most substantial equipment options inside and out, and is fully upholstered in soft leather. Certain versions of the car also come with a panoramic roof and rear privacy glass.
0-60 is close to 10 seconds with any of the engines offered for the Galaxy. They all work with one of Ford’s six-speed gearboxes, and the capless EasyFuel system prevents drivers from putting the wrong kind of fuel into the tank.