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Ford Kuga 163bhp AWD

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Posted: 6 years ago
Anyone use a Ford Kuga to tow there caravan if so any advice please as we are looking to buy one soon we tow a Lunar Clubman SB and current tow car is a 2008 Ford Mondeo TDCI 140bhp.
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Posted: 6 years ago
HI Ian50 contact Practical caravan magazine and purchase back issue. they did a full write up on Kruga in their tow car section.If I remember correctly they gave it a good write up. They borrow such cars for a fortnight of a dealer who gets the free publicity. and give them a througher towing test ETC on all types of terrain you also get owners giving their veiws and which model to avoid if any
Web www.practicalcaravan.com For an unbiased opinion
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Posted: 6 years ago
Thanks sandgrounder will get on to that
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Posted: 6 years ago
I have a 163bhp Volvo XC60 AWD, I tow a Bailey Unicorn Valencia. Car is a brilliant towcar - do not overlook Volvo!
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Posted: 6 years ago
I currently tow my Sterling Eccles 544 lux with a Vectra 1.9cdti150 and it towes great. I have also been looking at the Kuga but also the new Kia sportage 2.0ltr . both of these seem to tow similat amounts but the kia has better economy etc. Still looking though as there are a lot of very good tow cars available and they are getting better with performance and economy. I also noticed that the new Hyundia I35 Estate 1.7deisel eco drive tows more than my current car which is amazing for a smaller power train
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi orangutang my car manual says I can tow a braked trailor/caravan heavier than the car its self. I would not tow anything more than 85%/ 90% the weight of my vehicle, though the rule of thumb is 85% even with 35/40 years of caravan towing. I too once owned a 1.9 cdi vectra my ex company car which I bought when it was 4year old, I had It chipped in Manchester to 170 and it gave me more pull in the lower gears as well as 8mpg more, it had more acceleration but I lost 10mph off my top speed which I was not worried about I was getting more out of the car at lower revs on grass fields /motorways etc
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi sandgrounder . I have thought about doing this to mine but am concerned as to whether i will recoupe the cost of doing it. I only intend to keep it for another year or two and have been quoted £300 to remap it. I may look again to see if prices have altered any.
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi Orangutang You say you are worried you might not recover the £300 this is a standard price. Do not use a back street garage try your local VX dealer and explain what your looking for not a boy racer car. they might remap for less or use a company that specialises in remapping and conversions. If you keep for two years you will recover costs in MPG and better mixed driving solo or tow.
That depends on your yearly mileage and vanning at the time My mileage was between about 12000/13000 mixed driving. When selling I advertised the vehicle as being specially set for towing and sold it in 24hrs for more than the dealer offered me in part ex for a 6month old 2L Octavia.So I went To a Skoda Dealer in Preston who was selling up and got a new Octavia 1.9tcdi £ 2700 less than show room price so I was on a winner all round
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi Bobthegas Ive been thinking about a Volvo XC60 for towing my Unicorn Cadis is yours manual or auto and what sort of mpg do you get when towing RSpence
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Posted: 6 years ago
Test drove a Kuga last weekend while waiting for car to be serviced, its a great ride! didn't tow of coarse but i am sure its going to be good at it, Ford never made a bad car (in my opinion) & they hold their value, they may be a bit more to buy new, but as they say 'you get what you pay for!?!?'
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi have a 2012 Ford Kuga 4x4 163bhp Titanium x manual gearbox which we purchased in October 2012 as a ex demo model. The car as performed great solo and as a great tow car I tow a Swift Charisma 550 Freestyle 1490 kg .
I am getting 30 mpg towing. The only down side is the boot space is small and my Kuga as 19 inch wheels and the tyres cost £180 plus each and the there is only 5 brands of tyres for the car plus Bridgestone sport tyres get noisey after 8,000 miles. The Kuga is a safe and stable tow.
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Posted: 6 years ago
hI BIGCHRIS63 have you tried lovetyres.com prices quoted are for two tyres
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Posted: 6 years ago
The only thing was when I test drove it was the salesman said to fit a towbar was £500+vat !!!
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Posted: 6 years ago
Hi I have looked on the net and tyre dealers the cheapest tyres are £188 each fitted inc vat the tyres are 235/45/19
Regarding the price of the towbar my supplying Ford dealer wanted £365 inc vat for a Witter detachable towbar and a 13 pin socket.
But most dealer use sub contractors to supply and fit the towbars at trade prices
and charge you for the service.
So shop around you may even find the company who fits this for your dealer.
Or do what I did was haggle over the price of the car and towbar first the dealer said pay half the cost of the towbar which I said no then in the end I got the towbar and a number plate for my caravan for free.
So remember it pay to haggle when you are paying x amount of pounds for your car the dealer as money to play with in all the cars on the forecourt.

Chris
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Posted: 6 years ago
Said to the salesman if the deal was going to be done then the towbar would have to be put on free! he said it would be if that was going to make the deal happen.
Then told him would think about it (I won't be as I am happy with the freelander, but it filled the time I was waiting!!)