In the latest phase of Euro NCAP safety tests the all-new Ford Kuga compact crossover has achieved the best combination of star ratings

Ford has set a new benchmark in regards to safety for the Small Off-road 4x4 segment in Europe with a maximum 5 star rating for occupant protection, 4 star child occupant protection and 3 star rating for pedestrian protection. The result has been unprecedented in the segment and is largely credited to Ford's Intelligent Protection System (IPS), a combination of a high quality body structure, restraint equipment and driver aids.

"The Euro NCAP standard is held in high regard by our customers and competitors alike. The Ford Kuga has performed consistently in each of the three categories Adult Occupant-, Child Protection and Pedestrian Protection that comprise the Euro NCAP tests," said Gisbert Gaeb, Manager of Analytical Attributes at Ford of Europe.

The all-wheel-drive off- and on-roader is powered by a 2.0 liter DuraTorq TDCi diesel engine producing about 136 hp. A Diesel Particular Filter keeps pollution to a minimum of 169 g/km of C02 emissions while the engine requires just 6.4 liter of diesel per 100 km in combined mode.

The Ford Kuga will go on sale in Europe this June.

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