For Good handling and decent passenger space, and higher-spec models have a classy-feeling cabin. It also has some gutsy and economical diesel engines.
Against Most rivals have larger boots, the dashboard is unintuitive and the ride is firm around town. The automatic gearbox on the petrol model is woeful.
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The Ford Kuga has its strengths, but they're not enough to trouble the best cars in the class. It's likeable but flawed.
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There are 16 Ford Kuga versions available
Target Price team says:
The Ford Kuga model range is a simple one. There are two diesel and two petrol engines, four trim levels and, on some versions, the choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
We’d opt for the lower-powered 2.0-litre diesel model in Zetec trim, because it offers the best blend of price, performance, running costs and equipment. We'd also go for a front-wheel-drive version; it's cheaper to buy and run than a four-wheel-drive Kuga, and you'll only really need the 4WD's abilities if you plan to tow or go 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 sluggish and indecisive.
Reader test team says:
I've had this car since August 2013, it has been into the service centre 3 times (so far). No power on pull away, which has left me in some very…
Took delivery of my new style Kuga 4 weeks ago (June 2013). Had the Titanium X spec with powershift auto. Good bits: look of the car, inside and out…