Accessibility & Motability
Usability for people with disability or their carers
Motability - Access
When it comes to providing a clear path in and out of the vehicle, the Ford Kuga gets off to a middling start. Its doors open to just 63 degrees; that’s rather narrower than the 66 degrees offered by some rivals, including the Seat Tarraco. It simply means you have a narrower angle of access to the front seats.
However the opening itself is a decent 830mm wide, and that helps to make up for things, leaving a decent amount of space to manoeuvre yourself when getting into the car. Plus a seat height of almost 660mm (in its lowest position) ensures there’s a minimal drop into the seat when you swing yourself in. Plus, with a sill height of 407mm (a little lower than that of the Tarraco), you don’t have to lift your feet high when getting in. And, when it’s time to get out, the 120mm step from the car’s floor to its sill is a relatively small obstacle to swing your legs over.
This means it’ll easily take a wheelchair, although you’ll have to collapse it first to get it in there unless you fold the rear seats down. Doing this is no problem, though, thanks to handy levers on each side. There’s also no lip to obstruct the path of awkward items when loading the boot.
Motability - Ease of use and options
There are numerous Kuga models available to Motability users, many with an automatic gearbox.
The 2.5 FHEV hybrid model is punchy and smooth and the CVT gearbox is seamless, although it does cause the engine to rev noisily if you put your foot down. Forward, neutral, reverse and park are selected through a simple rotating dial by the driver’s left knee.