Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Plenty of storage space for odds and ends
  • Flexible rear seat a welcome feature
  • Fine boot space, but grumbles about its cover

Ford’s designers have long had a handle on making its cars fit for family life and the third-generation Kuga’s a fine exponent of this.

There’s a raft of varied, usefully sized cubbies around the interior, including a lidded centre console locker, with a moveable shelf, a smartphone-sized space in front of the gearlever with a wireless charging plate available on many models, plus deep door bins with moulded innards to help hold a multitude of detritus.

It’s a similar tale in the back, where three average-sized adults will be able to get comfy, with decent head- and legroom. All Kugas feature a 60:40 split rear seat which can be slid backwards and forwards, as well as have the angle of the backrest reclined.

All models barring the entry-level Zetec also have a rear centre armrest with integrated cupholders, while a handy three-pin electric socket is fitted to the back of the central armrest as standard.

Flexible boot space

Given the moving nature of the rear seats, there’s an immediate variation on boot space, too, which can be handy if you need an extra few inches of space to squeeze in a larger load, but still have passengers in the back.

Depending on how the space is configured, you’ll have between 412 litres in five-seat mode and up to 1,534 litres when the rear seats are folded over. Note that they don’t lie completely flat when folded, but there are levers mounted on the side of the boot walls to release them in one, simple movement.

Kugas without a spare wheel also have an accessible space under the boot floor.

One aspect that looks and feels on the cheap side is the fabric load cover that rises with the tailgate. It’s a decidedly low-rent feature of an otherwise solid and well-finished cabin, although the rear seatbacks on our test example weren't tighty trimmed as the photo above illustrates.

Is the Ford Kuga a safe SUV?

  • Full five-star rating from Euro NCAP
  • Raft of standard safety kit
  • Few safety-related optional extras

Ford’s honed a fine reputation for car safety over recent years, as evidenced by the Kuga’s five-star safety rating when it was crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP.

In addition to the raft of airbags on board, all Kuga come with front and rear parking sensors, a lane-keeping aid with lane-departure warning, an intelligent speed limited linked to the limit of the road you’re driving on, cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and different degrees of exterior LED lighting.

Titanium models upwards also feature full LED headlamps, a driver alertness monitor and adaptive cruise control. While adaptive cruise is a welcome addition, its application in the Kuga makes the car somewhat jolty when it’s switched on, being sudden and abrupt when it ‘sees’ another car in front.

There’s even a quad LED projector headlamp package – standard on Kuga Vignale, optional as part of a Technology Pack on others) that performs superbly at night. Certainly an extra we’d recommend if you do a lot of driving during the night.

Additional optional features that are included in the Driver Assistance Pack include automatic parking, front and rear cameras, traffic sign recognition and a blindspot warning system.

Watch: Ford Kuga SUV Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Ford Kuga SUV.

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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
ST-Line optional equipment
None available

ST-Line First Edition equipment

ST-Line First Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
ST-Line First Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X equipment

ST-Line X standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
ST-Line X optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X First Edition equipment

ST-Line X First Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
ST-Line X First Edition optional equipment
None available

Titanium equipment

Titanium standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Titanium optional equipment
None available

Titanium First Edition equipment

Titanium First Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
Titanium First Edition optional equipment
None available

Vignale equipment

Vignale standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Vignale optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Zetec optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Ford Kuga SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 82%
Safety Assist: 73%

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.