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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Ford Kuga safety score was excellent in official European crash tests with maximum stars for adult and child occupant safety and a high score – three stars out of four – for pedestrian protection. Safety equipment includes six airbags, ABS, traction control, ESP with anti-rollover control and electronic brake assist. The Kuga is also fitted with an alarm as standard.

Although the 360-litre boot is a decent size, it actually carries less than a Focus and is much smaller than other 4x4s like the Honda CR-V. The split tailgate is handy though – the glass can be opened rather than the whole boot, which is ideal if you only have a small bag of shopping to drop in. What is a surprise is that the Kuga doesn’t feature any clever seat folding system like the S-MAX or Galaxy people carriers.

Instead the seats only fold down – and you have to flip up the bases first to get a flat floor. On the plus side rear passengers can plug-in gadgets or recharge mobile phones using the conventional three-pin power socket between the front seats – an excellent feature. There are hidey holes in the front for keeping belongings safe, including a fair-sized glovebox and a deep compartment in the centre-console but the absence of rear cubbies for the kids’ stuff is disappointing.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Kuga (08-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Partial leather seat trim
Titanium optional equipment
None available

Titanium X equipment

Titanium X standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
Titanium X optional equipment
None available

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
Zetec optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Ford Kuga (08-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 3 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.