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Ford Kuga review

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Ford Kuga
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14 Nov 2016 00:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:25

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Space & practicality

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Ford Kuga 4x4 front space

The Kuga is reasonably spacious in the front, although there are a couple of caveats. First, the curiously protuberant dashboard encloses your lower body quite closely and diminishes the feeling of space; secondly, versions equipped with a panoramic roof are a bit tight on head room.

A central cubbyhole doubles up as an armrest and offers a deep storage area that will hold a 500ml bottle. This is also where you'll probably choose to stow your phone, because it’s where the USB sockets are located.

Two cupholders in front of the gearlever are fine for normal-sized takeaway cups and 500ml bottles but will struggle to take anything bigger. However, the broad door pockets will swallow a bigger bottle and the glovebox is perfectly adequate for storing a bottle of de-icer and a scraper.

Ford Kuga 4x4 rear space

Two tall adults will find it easy enough to get comfortable in the rear of the Kuga. However, it’s narrower in the back than simarly sized rivals and there's far less leg and head room than you'll find in a Mazda CX-5 or Skoda Kodiaq. Rear space is more on a par with the Nissan Qashqai from the class below. Avoid the optional panoramic roof if you want to fit tall adults in the back, because this reduces head room considerably.

All Kugas get map pockets on the back of the front seats, narrow door pockets and a 12V socket that sits above a fairly useless central cubbyhole that’s slightly too small to take a smartphone. Go for Titanium trim or above and you'll get a rear central armrest.

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Ford Kuga 4x4 seating flexibility

The 60/40 split-folding rear seats are easy enough to fold down from the side doors; you just pull a lever at the base of the seat and they collapse forward. It’s a one-handed job, although you’ll need both hands to pull the seats back up again – one to pull the lever, the other to push the seat upright.

It’s a shame that there are no handles to drop the seatbacks from inside the boot (these are offered in many rivals) and there's no option to have more convenient 40/20/20 split-folding seats. The Kuga's rear seatbacks can at least be reclined, but they don't slide back and forth like they do in the Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Ford Kuga 4x4 boot space

The Kuga’s 456-litre boot is smaller than most others in this class, but it is at least a neat rectangular shape, with a tall, broad opening and low load lip to make it easy to haul big items in. Inside, you'll find two bag hooks and a 12V socket, and the tailgate is easy to shut because it has a chunky handle within easy reach. Go for Titanium X, ST-Line X or Vignale trim and you'll get an electric tailgate as standard.

Unfortunately, there’s no variable-height boot floor like there is in many rivals, including the Kodiaq. Once dropped, the rear seats lie flat, but they do leave a big step up in the floor of the extended load area – this is annoying when you're trying to slide in bulky items.

 

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