Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Plenty of storage space for odds and ends
  • Flexible rear seat a welcome feature
  • Fine boot space, but grumbles about its cover

How much space is there?

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.

Three average-sized adults will be able to get comfy in the back, with good head- and leg-room plus a nice flat rear bench and floor so even the middle occupant is well catered-for. All Kugas feature a 60:40 split folding rear seat which can be slid backwards and forwards as well as reclined, while all bar the entry-level Zetec have a rear centre armrest with integrated cupholders.

Up front, there’s plenty of room – Ford’s relatively slim centre console doesn’t leave you feeling too hemmed-in, but we found the driver’s seat to be set uncomfortably high at its lowest setting, even for a tall driver.

Boot space and storage

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.

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.

Is it easy to park?

The Kuga’s a large, high car, and visibility of its corners isn’t the greatest, but to aid this all models come with front and rear parking sensors. The door mirrors are a bit small for such a large car – fairly typical of Ford products – but they’re electrically adjustable on all models so you can look down to check your wheels against the kerb.

How big is it?

  All Ford Kuga models
Length  4,629mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,178mm
Height  1,742mm

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.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats

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
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

ST-Line equipment

ST-Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ST-Line optional equipment
None available

ST-Line Edition equipment

ST-Line Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
ST-Line Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-Line First Edition equipment

ST-Line First Edition standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
ST-Line First Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X equipment

ST-Line X standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ST-Line X optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X Edition equipment

ST-Line X Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
ST-Line X Edition optional equipment
None available

ST-Line X First Edition equipment

ST-Line X First Edition standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
ST-Line X First Edition optional equipment
None available

Titanium equipment

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

Titanium Edition equipment

Titanium Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Titanium Edition optional equipment
None available

Titanium First Edition equipment

Titanium First Edition standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
Titanium First Edition optional equipment
None available

Vignale equipment

Vignale standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Vignale optional equipment
None available

Zetec equipment

Zetec standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav
Zetec optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Service indicator

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.