New Ford Kuga Vignale Review

Roomy SUV with upmarket aspirations

This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Spacious cabin
  • Soft seats
  • Quiet on the move
  • Petrol engine is thirsty
  • Less exciting to drive than before
  • Lacks an upmarket badge

£33,215 - £38,280 Price range

5 Seats

31 - 48 MPG


Part of Ford’s push upmarket, the Ford Kuga Vignale aims to provide the levels of luxury normally found in premium models such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, but at a lower price.

To do it, the Kuga Vignale has been kitted out with exterior chrome that makes it looks more premium, while inside you get soft quilted leather seats, a leather-wrapped dashboard and an active noise cancellation system that makes the interior even quieter. Other than that, the rest is regular high-spec Kuga, meaning a refreshed interior design with fewer buttons than before and a spacious cabin for five adults and their luggage.

The uncluttered dashboard is centred around an eight-inch touchscreen that boasts Ford’s latest Sync 3 software. It has smartphone functionality, meaning you can pinch and swipe to navigate through menus. Ford claims that the voice recognition is more advanced than ever – understanding conversational speech – although we reckon simple commands still work the best.

You get three top-of-the-range engines to choose from – one petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 148 or 178hp. With fuel economy of 60.1mpg, the 148hp diesel is more fuel efficient than upmarket rivals with equivalent power, although it comes with two-wheel drive rather than the four-wheel drive fitted to the more powerful models.

Fuel economy isn’t a strong point of the 178hp 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol because thanks to its relatively small capacity you need to rev it hard to get any meaningful performance. As a result, the already unimpressive fuel economy of 38mpg will be hard to match in the real world.

The Vignale is the most expensive Kuga you can buy, so equipment levels reflect that. On top of the aforementioned luxury upgrades, there’s also a huge raft of safety systems fitted as standard including adaptive lighting and Active City Stop that works at speeds of up to 31mph.

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