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 Kuga is a good motorway cruiser, with a well-judged and efficient range of engines. The vast majority of buyers will opt for one of the two 2.0-litre diesel engines. We’ve only driven the higher-powered motor, which is a bit flat at low revs but builds pace progressively and has a healthy mid-range urgency; it makes the Kuga a relaxing, easy-going cruiser.
A 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is also available, 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.
On the whole, we think the Kuga has more handling panache than most of its rivals, other than the sprightly feeling CX-5. It’s just a shame that it has less boot space and a higher price than many rivals – again, particularly the Mazda. The confusing dashboard layout is also a bit frustrating.
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.