Fiesta and Kuga drive Ford's new advances in technology
Ford is really pushing the technology in its latest two cars – the Fiesta supermini and 'crossover' Kuga.
I think it is a sign of how things are going – your car is becoming your interactive hub on the move. And there is a real battle between makers on that front.
Euro NCAP highlighted MyKey (Fiesta), SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Active City Stop, Driver Alert and Lane Keeping Aid as being worthy of their Advanced Rewards.
The Fiesta (from €15,550 ex-works) has been given a major facelift and now has two 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engines (62bhp and turbo 100bhp) and a 1.25-litre petrol. They've done a fine job and it looks really well, with materials in the cabin much improved. They have this soft material on the dash which takes the harshness away. I had a drive in the new 100bhp turbo and found it quite brisk and zippy.
There are three versions: Fiesta, Zetec, and Titanium. Standard equipment includes 14ins steel wheels, electric front windows, electric heated mirrors, USB and Aux connectivity; hill launch assist; seven airbags, daytime running lights.
Zetec spec adds 15ins alloys, front fogs, steering wheel audio controls, and MyKey.
Titanium adds air con, LED daytime running lights, heated windscreen.
The heavily revised Kuga is also being described as the most technologically advanced car Ford has sold in Europe.
Among those elements are all-wheel-drive, Curve Control (helps safe cornering), tailgate you can open with a gentle kicking motion beneath the rear bumper, SYNC with Emergency Assist.
From €33,450 ex-works it comes into one of the few areas where there is growth – the compact crossover segment is up 10pc so far this year.
They are waiting for a commercial van version.
As reported before, they will also bring in a smaller SUV, the EcoSport and the larger Edge.
There are two spec levels. Entry-level Zetec includes 17ins alloys, front fogs, heated windshield, cruise control, daytime running lights, twin exhausts, several airbags, fold flat rear seats; trip computer.
Titanium adds automatic headlights/ wipers, dual zone air con, partial leather seats, SYNC connectivity.