The Ford Kuga competes against popular mid-size SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5. It seats five, is available with diesel and petrol engines, manual and automatic gearboxes, and two and four-wheel drive, so in theory there’s a version to suit everyone.
The original Kuga was launched in 2008, as Ford's rival for the Nissan Qashqai and the VW Tiguan. Although a good-looking car, it wasn't actually very practical, and it was disappointing to drive.
The second-generation Kuga is a much better car to drive, with a well-judged and efficient range of engines. There are two 2.0-litre diesel engines, and a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine also in two power outputs; the more potent unit comes with four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
A four-wheel-drive Kuga may appeal to those who tow regularly, because it has a braked towing limit of 2100kg, up from the 1800kg limit of the front-drive models.
Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions of the Kuga range, along with our recommendations for which trim levels and engines to choose.