Lots of car shoppers around the world buy their vehicles based on safety ratings. In the U.S., the IIHS recently rated the 2020 Ford Escape as a Top Safety Pick. Now the European version of the Escape, called the Ford Kuga, has been awarded a 5-star safety rating by the Euro NCAP independent crash test authority. The authority says that the Ford Kuga scored 92 percent for adult protection and received full points in the side barrier and the more severe side pole impact testing.
Ford notes that the Kuga structure uses high-strength steel throughout the skeleton. The Kuga also has ultra-high-strength 3D-rolled steel tubes in each A-pillar and along the roofline. The car is also packed with tech to help drivers avoid accidents.
The tech includes pre-collision to assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection tech. A tech the Kuga offers that is a first for Europe is the new intersection function that automatically applies the brakes to avoid or mitigate accidents if the driver is turning across the path of oncoming traffic, and the system determines a collision is imminent. The car also features a lane-keeping system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and road edge detection.
The Blind Spot Assist tech lets drivers know if there is a car in their blind spot. The system will apply counter torque to the wheel if a driver tries to change lanes when another vehicle is present. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is coming when backing out of a parking spot. Other features include evasive steering assist, wrong way alert, and adaptive lighting system.
The Kuga also received high marks for child protection earning a score of 86 percent. Earlier this month, the Ford Explorer received a maximum 5-Star rating.