Kuga shapes up: new Ford Kuga ST-Line unveiled

Published: 01 August 2016

► Ford unveils Kuga ST-Line
► Revamped suspension and steering
► Myriad cosmetic upgrades

Ford’s revving up its practical, high-riding Kuga with the addition of a new 'performance-inspired' ST-Line version.

It draws on the styling and dynamics offered by the company's full-fat ST models, as the name suggests, offering buyers a car with a little more verve and visual panache – without the associated higher running costs.

So what's new for the Kuga ST-Line?

The Kuga ST-Line gets a host of cosmetic upgrades, including black grilles, side skirts, black roof rails, tinted lights and rear glass and a choice of 18-in or 19-in wheels.

Inside you'll find sports seats with part-leather trim, unique interior finishes including a metallic-effect 'deep space paint' on the centre console and a black headliner. 

More notably, the Kuga ST-Line benefits from a 10mm drop in ride height, thicker anti-roll bars and a revised steering system – all of which is mooted to deliver a more responsive, keener feel. 

Am I massively restricted when it comes to engine choices?

Refreshingly, quite the opposite – you can pick from the full line-up of Kuga engines, including the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and the frugal 1.5-litre diesel. All-wheel drive versions are offered, too.

Prices will start at £25,845 for the Kuga ST-Line range, and first deliveries will take place by the end of the year. 

What else is offered in the ST-Line range?

You can opt for the Fiesta, Focus or Mondeo in sporty ST-Line trim; prices start at £15,645, £20,595 and £24,745 respectively. All are on sale now, with first deliveries pegged for autumn 2016. 

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2016 Ford Kuga ST-Line

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car