Launched back in 2008, the original Ford Kuga was arguably one of the first mainstream SUVs that promised sporty handling. Sadly, it failed to live up to its smart looks and promises of an engaging drive. It wasn't very practical, for starters, and it was disappointing to drive.
The car on sale today is actually the second-generation Kuga, launched in 2013, although it was facelifted in late 2016. It competes against popular mid-sized SUVs such as the Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Kodiaq, although the slightly smaller Volkswagen Tiguan is also a rival.
Although entry-level versions of the Kuga are attractively priced – especially when you factor in the discounts to be had in our deals section – the range-topping versions are actually rather pricey. But is the current-generation any better than the original, and which engines and trims make the most sense? Read on over the next few pages and we'll tell you all you need to know.