What's the used Ford Kuga 4x4 like?
The first-generation Ford Kuga was a stylish car that was generally well-received. Some, though, thought that it prioritised design a little too highly above function for a hotly contested class that included the likes of the iconic Nissan Qashqai.
This second-generation car was designed to be sold in North America too, and is, therefore, bigger, more upmarket and competes against a whole new class of larger SUVs and 4x4s than the old model. It ran from 2013 until it was replaced by an all-new model in 2020.
The range-topping Vignale version arrived in 2016 and adds 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.
Where the Kuga really surprises is in its ride and handling, both of which are accomplished to the level where it feels more like a hatchback than an SUV of old, with good body control and agility and neat absorption of bigger bumps and road irregularities. Patched up town roads can cause it to shimmer slightly, but on the whole, occupants will be comfortable.
Looking the sizeable exterior dimensions of the Kuga, you'd be forgiven for expecting a spacious interior. However, it is soundly beaten by the Tardis-like Seat Ateca according to our measurements for both front and rear seat room. What's more, the use of some scratchy plastics means it doesn't feel as well made as the Ateca or Mazda CX-5 inside. The boot is a good size, but one or two in this class have a larger capacity.