3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Focus-based SUV is good, but lacks the Puma’s sparkle

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At a glance

New price £27,545 - £39,540
Lease from new From £341 p/m View lease deals
Used price £18,160 - £37,950
Used monthly cost From £453 per month
Fuel Economy 40.9 - 282.5 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 10 - 22 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Packed to the rafters with kit
  • Flexible, practical interior
  • Fine handling still a hallmark

CONS

  • Doesn’t feel much different from a Focus
  • Styling could prove divisive; lacks visual toughness
  • Ride firm on sportier trim levels

Ford Kuga SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Ford Kuga any good?

It’s hard to believe that with the introduction of this latest model we’re now up to the third generation of Ford Kuga, the Blue Oval’s mid-sized SUV range. This time around, though, the Kuga looks much more closely aligned to the Ford Focus it shares its underpinnings with, than either of its previous generations.

There’s also the welcome addition of electrification to the range, supplementing the regular petrol and diesel-engined choices.

In this corner of the market the competition is strong, and the Kuga faces an onslaught of alternatives including the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage and Vauxhall Grandland X to name but a few.

With a wide range, pleasant and spacious interior and enjoyable drive, the Kuga is well worth shortlisting even if it’s not head-and-shoulders above the competition like it once was.

What’s it like inside?

This generation of Kuga’s interior is very similar to the Focus on which it’s based – in fact, you have to look quite carefully to tell any difference at all. That means you get Ford’s fairly easy-to-use Sync3 infotainment system set high up upon the dashboard, with simple climate controls underneath it and, on automatic models, a rotary gear selector.

It’s not exactly packed with stylistic flair but it’s certainly very simple and easy to get to grips with.

It’s also quite spacious inside the Kuga – Ford’s experience in making family-friendly cars shows through here, with a raft of usefully-sized cubbies around the interior and space in the back for adults to get comfy.

What’s it like to drive?

There’s no shortage of engine choice, and even the lowliest cope reasonably well with the Kuga’s bulk. Two petrols, three regular diesels, a diesel mild hybrid, a petrol full hybrid and a petrol plug-in hybrid cover almost every base you could hope for. Some models can also come with four-wheel drive.

But where previous Kugas stood out in the class for their outstanding driving dynamics, rivals have caught up with the Mk3 model, and while it’s still near the top of the tree it’s no longer the go-to option.

All models feature a sophisticated rear suspension setup that not all rivals have, and it helps the Kuga to handle well and ride comfortably at the same time. It corners well, and the steering is noteworthy for how communicative it is – a rarity in this sector.

What models and trims are available?

There are five trim levels in total. Cost-effective Zetec trim still comes with useful features such as a heated windscreen, air-conditioning, LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels and roof rails. Titanium trim is rather posher, with full LED lights all round, auto headlights and wipers, climate control and a digital instrument cluster.

ST Line Edition and ST Line X Edition bring a sporty makeover – with big alloy wheels, additional body styling and a spoiler plus a flat-bottomed steering wheel and bespoke upholstery. At the top of the range you’ll find the luxurious Vignale model, with its own shiny grille plus all the equipment you could hope for.

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