At the beginning of 2022, the health of the car market remains fragile, between a persistent lack of components and an economic and political context that pushes customers towards reason rather than making an expensive purchase. In this situation, growth patterns are not legions in the first quarter. The Ford Kuga is one of them, with 2,700 copies sold between January and March, up 11% from 2021.. Encouraging results that the American SUV owes in part to its compatibility with ethanol gasoline. Like almost the entire range with the blue oval, the Ford Kuga is really planned, from its assembly in the factory in Valencia (Spain), to run on unleaded ethanol or E85. Nothing that changes the use of the driver who only has to fill the tank with what he has on hand: SP95, SP95 E10, SP98 or E85.
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Very low overconsumption for the Ford Kuga E85
Already interesting in other Ford models, this bi-fuel takes on even more meaning with the Kuga as it combines with an already very effective hybridization. Not the plug-in version of 225 hp, but the “simple” hybrid of 190 hp. While combustion with superethanol usually results in a 20% overconsumption, our certified measurements show that the Ford Kuga Flexifuel is satisfied with 7.5 l / 100 km of E85 ethanol on average, just 5% more than the “unleaded” variant.. The difference logically increases on the highway, but decreases instead in the city, making the Flexifuel variant super cheap on a day-to-day basis. Because at the end of April 2022, superethanol costs an average of € 0.76 / liter in France, compared to € 1.75 / liter for the SP95 E10 and € 1.86 / liter for the SP98. As a result, the cost per 100 km of the Ford Kuga E85 drops to less than € 6, which makes it even cheaper to drive than your little brother Puma or a Clio LPG, purchase and maintenance costs aside. Needless to say, only he can count on a hybridization worthy of the name.
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Fuel consumption compared between the standard Ford Kuga hybrid and the Ford Kuga E85 hybrid
|Cycle||Ford Kuga hybrid||Ford Kuga Hybrid E85|
|CycleCity consumption||Ford Kuga hybrid6.2 l / 100 km||Ford Kuga Hybrid E856.4 l / 100 km|
|Cycleroad consumption||Ford Kuga hybrid7.2 l / 100 km||Ford Kuga Hybrid E857.6 l / 100 km|
|CycleHighway consumption||Ford Kuga hybrid9 l / 100 km||Ford Kuga Hybrid E859.6 l / 100 km|
|CycleAverage consumption||Ford Kuga hybrid7.2 l / 100 km||Ford Kuga Hybrid E857.5 l / 100 km|
Consumption and cost / 100 km of the Ford Kuga E85 compared to the competition
Therefore, the following table shows the consumption of different models with very varied characteristics, ranging from city cars to family SUVs. The presence of the Dacia Sandero and the Renault Clio is justified by its compatibility with LPG, this other fuel that allows to reduce the cost in use but that only the Renault group uses at the moment. However, gas is still a bit more expensive than bioethanol, which explains the poorer results. The Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 reminds us that despite very low fuel consumption and very efficient hybrid technology, the cost of use is still much higher due to more than double the price of fuel (here SP95-E10 for in our calculation). It is even more convincing with the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient car on the French market. Finally, we replace the results of the Toyota RAV4 hybrid, because it is he who lends his hybrid technology to Ford. Therefore, we can measure all the interest of the compatibility of the E85 to the American and of which the Japanese are deprived..
|Vehicle||Power||Measured weight||City consumption||road consumption||Highway consumption||Average consumption||Cost / 100 km|
|VehicleFord Kuga Hybrid Flexifuel||Power190 hp||Measured weight1670 kg||City consumption6.4 l / 100 km||road consumption7.6 l / 100 km||Highway consumption9.6 l / 100 km||Average consumption7.5 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 5.70|
|VehicleFord Puma Flexifuel||Power125 hp||Measured weight1225 kg||City consumption7.5 l / 100 km||road consumption7.4 l / 100 km||Highway consumption8.7 l / 100 km||Average consumption7.7 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 5.85|
|VehicleDacia Sandero LPG||Power100 hp||Measured weight1173 kg||City consumption7.4 l / 100 km||road consumption7.5 l / 100 km||Highway consumption8.6 l / 100 km||Average consumption7.7 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 5.85|
|VehicleRenault Clio GLP||Power100 hp||Measured weight1200 kg||City consumption8.7 l / 100 km||road consumption8.6 l / 100 km||Highway consumption9 l / 100 km||Average consumption8.7 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 6.61|
|VehicleToyota Yaris hybrid||Power116 hp||Measured weight1160 kg||City consumption3.6 l / 100 km||road consumption4.8 l / 100 km||Highway consumption6.2 l / 100 km||Average consumption4.6 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 8.09|
|VehicleRenault Arkana E-Tech||Power145 hp||Measured weight1480 kg||City consumption4.6 l / 100 km||road consumption5.9 l / 100 km||Highway consumption7 l / 100 km||Average consumption5.6 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 9.80|
|VehicleToyota RAV4 hybrid||Power190 hp||Measured weight1682 kg||City consumption4.9 l / 100 km||road consumption6.1 l / 100 km||Highway consumption8.3 l / 100 km||Average consumption6 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 10.5|
Economical but not flat
This is a very good result achieved by the Ford Kuga E85, this family vehicle that still weighs 1,670 kg on the scale (measured by L’Automobile Magazine) with Vignale finish and equipped with 18-inch wheels. The Ford Kuga SUV proves in passing that reducing the cost per mile is not necessarily synonymous with lower performance as our time trial shows a pleasant 8.9 s in the 0 to 100 km / h and just 6 seconds to go from 80 to 120 km / h. Finally, unlike the Ford Puma, choosing the Kuga in the Flexifuel version is not synonymous with a mechanical gearbox. Obviously it remains to deal with a high purchase price as the entrance ticket is set at € 40,650 for a Titanium version, the same as for the non-Flexifuel version, Ford does not charge for factory preparation.
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