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 Ford in the Press – Week 9

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New Ford Fiesta ST is taking Europe’s media by storm and it’s been a great week for new Kuga, too, as journalists and bloggers continue to report back on Ford’s drive event in Valencia…
 
“Sensational” is the verdict What Car? (UK) reaches after driving Fiesta ST for the first time. The magazine reports: “It's an incredibly well-balanced machine, delivering wholehearted performance and a superb blend of agility and comfort. At £16,995 it's an absolute steal and is likely to hold its value extremely well. To our minds, it's a classic in the making and almost guaranteed a place in the annals of hot hatch history. It's too early to say whether it will sit alongside legends such as the original Golf GTI and Peugeot 205 GTi, but we wouldn't bet against it. What Car? SAYS… 5 stars out of 5.”
 
Auto Express Online (UK) also gives Fiesta ST a maximum 5-star rating, adding: “The Ford Fiesta ST isn’t the sharpest hot hatch to drive, but that’s not what it’s all about. An eager engine, brilliant handling and some excellent seats are there when you fancy a B-road blast, but the fact it’s still a Fiesta - albeit a firmer-riding one - means that you can live with it every day with minimum compromise. Add in the bargain purchase price, and the new Clio RS and Peugeot 208 GTi have their work cut out.”
 
So, should you buy one? According to Autocar Online (UK)¸ the answer is yes! “If you’re looking for an entertaining hot supermini that you could happily drive daily without it doing your head in, the Fiesta is as competent and capable as they come.”
 
Meanwhile, “High Tech and Fun” is how Autorama (Italy) describes new Ford Kuga after putting a 2.0 TDCi 163PS Titanium version through its paces. It reports: “The Kuga displays its best qualities on the highway and on curves. It is among the few SUVs in the market that are fun to drive. The credit lies with the quick steering, suspension and revised AWD system. Along with a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, the Kuga has a wide array of safety features, including the interesting Emergency Assistance system.”
 
Westdeutsche Zeitung Online (Germany) is also impressed by Kuga’s driving dynamics: “The Kuga’s dampers do their job well even on very poor roads. Ford's compact SUV provides a smooth driving experience also in conjunction with the automatic transmission as our test drive with the torquey 163PS diesel proved. At high revs, engine noise is pleasantly kept in check.  With the electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system, which distributes the engine power between the wheels in milliseconds, the Kuga remains safe and secure in bends. The system distributes torque according the road conditions and this is visualized in the on-board display.”

  

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3/7/2013 1:00 AM