Ford Kuga 4x4 driving position
All Kugas have in-and-out and up-and-down steering wheel adjustment, along with a height-adjustable driver’s seat. However, you do feel slightly nearer terra firma in the Kuga than in many SUV rivals – that won’t appeal if you enjoy a penthouse view of the road.
The driver's seat could do with a bit more support around the shoulder area, but is otherwise comfortable and reasonably supportive, with a good range of movement. Adjusting the angle of the backrest is a bit of a faff, although adding electric seats (a reasonably priced option on Titanium trim and standard on Titanium X, ST-Line X and Vignale) gets around this.
The Kuga's dashboard is reasonably easy to get to grips with, although we'd prefer it if the air-con controls were mounted a bit higher up.
Ford Kuga 4x4 visibility
Visibility to the rear three-quarters is hindered by chunky rear pillars, so it’s handy that rear parking sensors are standard on all but entry-level Zetec trim. ST-Line and top-spec Vignale models get an automatic parking system that will detect if a space is big enough and steer into it while you simply control the car's speed.
Your view out of the front is hampered slightly by curved corners at the bottom of the windscreen, but seeing out of junctions is easy enough and front parking sensors feature on ST-Line models and above.
Ford Kuga 4x4 infotainment
Even entry-level Zetec models get a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel, along with a USB socket to charge your phone. However, Zetec has a different infotainment system from the rest of the range, with a tiny 4.2in screen controlled by a confusing array of buttons underneath.
We'd certainly recommend upgrading to the 8.0in colour touchscreen with sat-nav if you're opting for Zetec, although that still has rather simplistic graphics. This system is standard on Titanium trim and above and does the job, although the infotainment systems in rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Kodiaq are much more user-friendly.
Sound quality is adequate rather than outstanding. There is an optional nine-speaker premium Sony sound system that is better (although still not brilliant).
Ford Kuga 4x4 build quality
The CX-5 and Kodiaq are much classier inside than the low-rent Kuga, which, frankly, looks and feels like a £15,000 car inside rather than one with an asking price starting at well over £20k. There are far too many hard and scratchy plastics on the dasboard and some of the buttons and switches feel rather lightweight.
If you're considering one of the entry-level trims, at least the Kuga doesn't feel too low-rent compared with similarly priced rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca. However, the higher trims and more powerful engines push the Kuga's price into a territory where its interior simply doesn't cut the mustard.
The range-topping Vignale model does at least have some fine-grain leather on the dashboard and seats, although the hard mouldings on the upper parts of the dashboard spoil the overall impression.