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2024 Ford Kuga Review: A Capable Mid-Size SUV

The 2024 Ford Kuga’s highlights include the 13.2-inch SYNC 4 infotainment unit and the 187 bhp 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The 2024 Ford Kuga arrives with new features and improvements that make it an even more attractive option for families. With its latest update, the 2024 Kuga brings a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. screen and a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Our 2024 Ford Kuga Review discusses the SUV’s design, specs, safety features, interior technology, and more.

As a mid-size SUV that has been a staple in the market for many years, the Kuga offers the best features to keep people coming back for more. The new 2024 Kuga comes in four trim levels: Titanium, Active, ST-Line, and ST-Line X. While each trim offers unique features, we love the Active trim, which is more off-road capable with desirable amenities like four-wheel drive and hill descent control. The 2024 Ford Kuga’s top highlights include the 13.2-inch SYNC 4 infotainment unit, the 187bhp 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain, and the 52.3 MPG f fuel economy.

To provide the best 2024 Kuga review, we took the Ford Kuga on a test drive from the St Martins House in City Center, Dar es Salaam. We observed the fuel economy, new digital cluster display, and driving experience. 

Design and Features

2024 Ford Kuga Lineup

Unlike its predecessors, the 2024 Ford Kuga comes with a sporty and aggressive design. For starters, the front grille is now gloss-black. The Kuga has redesigned adaptive headlights that provide better lighting and visibility. 

Aside from the new headlights, the Kuga has an LED light bar. For 2024, Ford raised the Kuga SUV’s ride height, giving the car a more muscular stance. The rear bumper now sits lower than it does on the predecessor.

Infotainment System And Digital Cluster 

The Kuga has always carried some of the best technology features, and the 2024 model year SUV is no different. 

Inside, the 2024 Kuga features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster screen. And for the first time, the instrument cluster gauge is completely digital.  

Another feature inside the 2024 Ford Kuga is the 13.2-inch SYNC 4 infotainment unit. This infotainment system provides wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Bang & Olufsen speakers provide excellent sound quality. 

Powertrain Options

The 2024 Ford Kuga is available with three powertrain options: a 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, a 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain, and a 2.5-litre full-hybrid powertrain. 

The 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine produces 178 bhp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain produces 187 bhp and 210 lb-ft of torque. 

The 2.5-litre full-hybrid powertrain in the 2024 Kuga produces 178 bhp and 260lb-ft of torque.

Performance

2024 Ford Kuga Exterior Front View

Thanks to its powerful engines and responsive handling, the 2024 Ford Kuga delivers exceptional performance.

Like the hybrid powertrains, the base non-hybrid 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine provides quick acceleration and responsive handling. The plug-in and fully hybrid powertrains in the Kuga offer smooth and quiet on the road.

In terms of handling, the 2024 Kuga provides a comfortable and engaging driving experience. The Kuga’s suspension ensures a smooth ride over rough roads. The steering is responsive and precise. The brakes are strong and firm. Overall, the new Kuga is fun to drive. 

Fuel Efficiency

The 2024 Kuga’s fuel efficiency is one of its best features. The full-hybrid powertrain in the new Kuga SUV offers a fuel efficiency of 48.7 MPG in the 180bhp form or 52.3 MPG in the 178bhp variant. 

Unlike the fully hybrid option, the 2024 Ford Kuga plug-in hybrid powertrain offers an electric-only driving range of up to 43 miles. This makes the SUV a good option for city driving, squaring it up with the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Hyundai Tucson.

Spacious Interior Space

As a mid-size SUV, the 2024 Ford Kuga has a spacious cabin and a passenger capacity of five people. There is lots of legroom in the front and rear rows. However, there is limited headspace in the rear, so taller occupants may feel a bit snug in the back seats. 

In terms of cargo-hauling duties, the 2024 Kuga has a truck/boot space of 536 liters, perfect for shopping and luggage.

Safety Features

The 2024 Ford Kuga has a range of safety features, which include:

  • Front and rear sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Rear-view camera
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist

2024 Ford Kuga Trim Levels And Features

2024 Ford Kuga Exterior Rear View

The Kuga is available in four trim levels: Titanium, Active, ST-Line, and ST-Line X. Each of these trim levels offers good features.

2024 Kuga Titanium Trim

The base Titanium trim offers standard features, including alloy wheels, front and rear sensors, keyless entry, and autonomous emergency braking. This trim also comes with a lane-keeping assist system and a rear-view camera.

2024 Kuga Active Trim

The best off-roading 2024 Kuga model is the Active trim, which has four-wheel drive and hill descent control. It also features a more rugged appearance that proves its off-road capabilities.

2024 Kuga ST-Line

The ST-Line trim delivers a sportier and more aggressive drive style. It comes with features such as sports suspension and paddle shifters.

2024 Kuga ST-Line X

The top-of-the-line Kuga ST-Line X trim combines the sportiness of the ST-Line trim and the luxury features of the base Titanium trim.

Verdict Kuga 2024 

The 2024 Ford Kuga SUV offers a range of features and options to suit different needs and preferences. It has a cool exterior design or is rugged if you pick the off-road Active trim. The Kuga also brings good technology, such as the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 13.2-inch infotainment system. The 2024 Ford Kuga is an excellent option for families and individuals looking for a reliable SUV.

Wilfred Nkhwazi
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The 2024 Ford Kuga’s highlights include the 13.2-inch SYNC 4 infotainment unit and the 187 bhp 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid powertrain. Like the hybrid powertrains, the base non-hybrid 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine provides quick acceleration and responsive handling. The plug-in and fully hybrid powertrains in the Kuga offer smooth and quiet on the road.2024 Ford Kuga Review: A Capable Mid-Size SUV