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The Top Gear car review:Ford Kuga
For:Safer, more affordable, more spacious and more convenient than before
Against:Not as fun as it used to be. It's grown up and got some proper trousers...
What is it?
After just four years on sale, when most cars would be refreshed, Ford’s junior SUV was instead killed and replaced with this all-new version. Which is a shame, because we rather liked the old Ford Kuga, especially the way it looked and the way it went down the road.
For this, we can blame the Americans. Because when the time came to replace the shoddy – but popular – Escape, they took one look at the Ford Kuga and decided that would do nicely. But new Fords must now be global, and the Kuga was very much a Euro thing, and so it was decided that an all-new one would be built. It had essentially become a victim of its own success.