Entry-level Zetec trim offers the best value in the Kuga range because you get all of the essentials; air-con, electric windows and cruise control are all standard, although we would be tempted to pay extra for the optional 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system. Moving up to Titanium brings a few niceties, such as the upgraded infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, part-leather seats and automatic lights and wipers.
ST-Line models are the sporty option so get a bodykit, sports suspension, 18in wheels, black detailing for the outside and floor mats with red piping. It also comes with a self-parking system, which not only brings front and rear parking sensors but also means the Kuga can steer itself into a parking spot.
The range-topping Vignale gets a powered tailgate and adaptive xenon headlights as standard, as well as a liberal upholstering of Windsor leather on the seats, interior doors and dashboard. But for the price of an ST-Line X or especially a Vignale, much classier, quicker and more refined cars, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC40, our 2018 Car of the Year, are available.