At the beginning of 2022, the health of the car market remains fragile, between a persistent lack of components and an economic and political framework that pushes customers to reason and not to make an expensive purchase. In this situation, growth models are not a legion in the first quarter. The Ford Kuga is one of them, which, with about 2,700 copies sold from January to March, increased by 11% compared to the financial year 2021.. Encouraging results that the American SUV owes in part to its compatibility with ethanol gasoline. Like almost the entire blue oval range, the Ford Kuga is actually programmed to run on either unleaded or E85 ethanol from its factory in Valencia, Spain. Nothing changes the use of the driver who only has to fill the tank with whatever he has at his disposal: 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 dual fuel becomes even more meaningful with the Kuga, as it is combined with an already very efficient hybridization. Not the 225 hp plug-in version but the “simple” 190 hp hybrid. While combustion with perethanol usually causes overconsumption of 20%. Our certified measurements confirm that the Ford Kuga Flexifuel is satisfied with an average of 7.5 l / 100 km of E85 ethanol, just 5% more than the “unleaded” variant. The difference logically increases on the highway, but decreases on the other hand in the city, making the Flexifuel variant extremely economical on a daily basis. Because at the end of April 2022, perrethanol costs on average 0.76 euros / liter in France, compared to 1.75 / liter for the SP95 E10 and 1.86 euros / liter for the SP98. As a result, the cost per 100 km of the Ford Kuga E85 drops to less than € 6, making it even cheaper to drive than its little brother Puma or a Clio LPG, the cost of purchase and maintenance splits. We must say that only he can be based on a hybridization worthy of the name.
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Fuel consumption compares to standard Ford Kuga hybrid and Ford Kuga E85 hybrid
|Cycle||Ford Kuga Hybrid||Ford Kuga hybrid E85|
|CycleCity consumption||Ford Kuga Hybrid6.2 liters / 100 km||Ford Kuga hybrid E856.4 liters / 100 km|
|Cyclestreet consumption||Ford Kuga Hybrid7.2 liters / 100 km||Ford Kuga hybrid E857.6 liters / 100 km|
|CycleFreeway consumption||Ford Kuga Hybrid9 l / 100 km||Ford Kuga hybrid E859.6 liters / 100 km|
|CycleAverage consumption||Ford Kuga Hybrid7.2 liters / 100 km||Ford Kuga hybrid E857.5 liters / 100 km|
Consumption and cost / 100 km of the Ford Kuga E85 in relation to the competition
The table below lists the consumption of different models with very different characteristics, ranging from city cars to family SUVs. The presence of Dacia Sandero and Renault Clio is justified by their compatibility with LPG, This other fuel that makes it possible to reduce operating costs, but which only the Renault group currently uses. However, gas remains slightly more expensive than bioethanol, which explains the poorer results. The Renault Arkana E-Tech 145 reminds us that despite the very low consumption and very efficient hybrid technology, the cost of use remains significantly higher due to the more than double the price of fuel (here SP95-E10 for our calculation). It is even more convincing with the hybrid Toyota Yaris, the most economical car on the French market. Finally, we replaced the results of the hybrid Toyota RAV4, because it’s the one that lends its hybrid technology to Ford. So we can measure all the interest in E85 compatibility in the US and which the Japanese lack..
|Vehicle||Power||Measured weight||City consumption||street consumption||Freeway consumption||Average consumption||Cost / 100 km|
|VehicleFord Kuga Hybrid Flexifuel||Power190 hp||Measured weight1670 kg||City consumption6.4 liters / 100 km||street consumption7.6 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption9.6 liters / 100 km||Average consumption7.5 liters / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 5.70|
|VehicleFord Puma Flexifuel||Power125 hp||Measured weight1225 kg||City consumption7.5 liters / 100 km||street consumption7.4 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption8.7 liters / 100 km||Average consumption7.7 liters / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 5.85|
|VehicleDacia Sandero LPG||Power100 horses||Measured weight1173 kg||City consumption7.4 liters / 100 km||street consumption7.5 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption8.6 liters / 100 km||Average consumption7.7 liters / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 5.85|
|VehicleRenault Clio LPG||Power100 horses||Measured weight1200 kg||City consumption8.7 liters / 100 km||street consumption8.6 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption9 l / 100 km||Average consumption8.7 liters / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 6.61|
|VehicleToyota Yaris Hybrid||Power116 hp||Measured weight1160 kg||City consumption3.6 liters / 100 km||street consumption4.8 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption6.2 liters / 100 km||Average consumption4.6 liters / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 8.09|
|VehicleRenault Arkana E-Tech||Power145 hp||Measured weight1480 kg||City consumption4.6 liters / 100 km||street consumption5.9 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption7 l / 100 km||Average consumption5.6 liters / 100 km||Cost / 100 km€ 9.80|
|VehicleToyota RAV4 Hybrid||Power190 hp||Measured weight1682 kg||City consumption4.9 liters / 100 km||street consumption6.1 liters / 100 km||Freeway consumption8.3 liters / 100 km||Average consumption6 l / 100 km||Cost / 100 km10.5 €|
Economic but not a plan
This is a very good result achieved by the Ford Kuga E85, this family vehicle that still weighs 1,670 kg on the scales (measured by L’Automobile magazine) in a Vignale finish and equipped with 18-inch wheels. The Ford Kuga SUV proves in any case that cost reduction per kilometer is not necessarily synonymous with lower performance since The chrono confirms a nice 8.9 seconds at 0 to 100 km / h and just 6 seconds to go from 80 to 120 km / h. Finally, unlike the Ford Puma, the choice of the Kuga in the Flexifuel version is not synonymous with a manual transmission. It obviously remains to deal with a high purchase price since the entrance ticket is set at € 40,650 for the Titanium version, as well as for the non-Flexifuel version, Ford does not charge for factory preparation.
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