For The Ford Kuga offers decent front and rear passenger space, good handling and a classy-feeling cabin in higher spec models. It also has some gutsy and economical diesel engines.
Against The boot capacity falls short of most rivals, the dash is unintuitive and the ride is firm around town. The automatic gearbox on the petrol is woeful.
The Ford Kuga is has its strengths, but not enough to trouble the best cars in the class. Likeable, but flawed.
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The Ford Kuga model range is a simple one. There are two diesel engines and two petrols, three trim levels and, on some versions, the choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
We’d opt for the Titanium model, which comes with upgraded stereo and dash fascia, as well as part-leather seats. It feels noticeably plusher than cheaper models and will retain its value well. Don’t discount the front-wheel drive models; they’re cheaper to buy and run than the four-wheel-drive models, and lack little of the four-wheel drive’s abilities provided you’re not planning on going far off-road.
Beware if you want an automatic; the gearboxes on the diesel and petrol models are not the same. The one in the diesel is fine, but the one in the petrol is rubbish.