Ford Kuga Review
The Ford Kuga is a spacious, practical family SUV that’s great to drive. You’ll find alternatives with nicer cabins, though, and better infotainment systems.
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- Good fun to drive for an SUV
- Keen price and generous equipment
- Plug-in hybrid has a decent electric range
What's not so good
- Alternatives have plusher interiors
- Smaller boot than alternatives
- Poor tow rating for plug-in hybrid
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The Ford Kuga is a sleek family SUV which shares a lot of its parts with the Ford Focus. It might be what you’re looking for if you’ve also got your eye on a Skoda Kodiaq, Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson.
Indeed, the Kuga looks a little like a Focus that’s let itself go over lockdown. You get the same smart grille, piercing headlights and curves on the side of the car – all of which make the bulky Kuga look like a Focus that’s had one too many pies. Basic models make to do with relatively small 17-inch wheels, but they grow to 18-inches in Vignale versions and 19-inches in sporty ST-Line cars.
The Kuga’s similarities to the Focus continue inside, where you get the same clean design with conventional buttons reserved for the stereo and heater controls. You also get the same 8-inch infotainment screen popped on top of the dash, which is easy to use but not the nicest to look at.
The new Kuga is longer, wider and has a bigger wheelbase than the car it replaces. As a result, upfront the new model offers great shoulder and head room, while in the back it’ll happily cater for a couple of adults, even if three across the rear is more of a squeeze.
On a positive note, though, the Kuga’s backbench slides forwards and backwards to balance between legroom and boot space, and you can have the outer seats heated. Lovely.
Amongst other family SUVs, the previous Ford Kuga was a good looking car. Now, though, it’s even more distinctive to look at and its engine choices are bang up to date.
The Kuga’s boot isn’t great. Not only is it smaller than its main alternatives’, but if you go for the PHEV model its battery makes it even smaller. Sure, both will take a couple of large suitcases plus smaller bags, but family life constantly tests boot space and more is always welcome.
There’s a huge amount of choice when it comes to engines. Petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, mild hybrid, you name it, it’s got it. It can’t get a bit confusing, but you just need to decide how you’ll use your Kuga. Often in town? the 1.5 150hp will be great, or the plug-in hybrid if the low CO2 rating will save you money on company car tax.
If you do more miles on the motorway it might make sense to go for the 2.0-litre 150hp diesel, which gets clever mild-hybrid tech to improve fuel economy.
Whichever Kuga you choose you can be confident it’ll be one of the most fun-to-drive family SUVs around. It steers nicely, doesn’t lean around corners and grips hard. Good visibility and a decent turning circle make it simple work in town, too, while it’ll prove comfy and quiet on the motorway.
It’s one of the best SUVs of its size to drive, then, and comes keenly priced and with a generous amount of standard equipment included. Just recognise there are bigger boots around and plusher cabins for similar money.
If you don’t mind those minor negatives, head to our Kuga deals page to make sure you’re getting the best prices.
The Ford Kuga is spacious for passengers, but it won’t have you weak at the knees with its interior quality, nor its infotainment system.
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