Entry-level Zetec models offer 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 does bring a few niceties, though – 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, floor mats with red piping and a self-parking system; this not only brings front and rear parking sensors, but also means the Kuga can steer itself into a parking spot.
The range-topping Vignale version gets perpendicular parking assist, 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 a Vignale, much classier, quicker, more refined cars, such Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X1 and VW Tiguan are available.