Geneva motor show 2008 - Ford Kuga

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When the first pictures of the Ford Kuga were released last month, many were prompted to ask if the £20,495 starting price was simply too much.

Those concerns remain, but seeing the distinctive 4x4 in the metal at the Geneva motor show has gone some way to convincing doubters that the Kuga really can tackle rivals that include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Land Rover Freelander.

The real test, however, may well be how the Kuga copes off road. Ford claims it has genuine ability – and it will need to have if it is to justify the pricing.

When the car is launched in June, it will have just one engine in the line-up: a 134bhp 2.0-litre diesel. It will be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and a permanent four-wheel drive system.

The Kuga emits 169g/km of carbon dioxide and does 44.1mpg on average.

As with the engine line-up, Ford has kept the choice of trims simple. There are only two: Zetec and range-topping Titanium.

Inside, the Kuga has fold-flat rear seats, as well as storage areas under those seats and beneath the boot floor. There’s 1355 litres of luggage capacity with the rear seats down and 410 litres with the seats up.

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