Ford pitches its Kuga as one of the sportier SUVs in the segment, particularly the 177kW petrol model that outguns all its rivals in the power stakes. So the blue oval recently decided to ditch the Titanium badge in its two top Kuga petrol and diesel models, and replace them with the more athletic ST-Line trim grade. It’s mostly a cosmetic treatment that gives Ford’s midsize SUV more styling zing, but the chassis and steering have also been tweaked for a more petrolhead-pleasing driving experience. The black alloy wheels (standard in 18-inch size and optionally in 19 inch) make a bold styling statement, and the rest of the ST package also pushes the black-is-beautiful theme with its grille, rear diffuser, and roof rails all served up in Darth Vader’s favourite colour. The darkness continues with tinted front and rear lights and a black beltline beneath the windows. A similar theme runs inside the cabin with its dark headliner and pillars, but it’s contrasted with some brighter bits ...

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