Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

The Parkers Verdict Should you buy a Ford Kuga SUV?

For the majority of SUV customers, the latest-generation of Ford Kuga is a fine choice: plusher than a Nissan Qashqai, more practical than a Kia Sportage and better handling than a SEAT Ateca. It has a lot to commend it – and if you bought one we’d understand why.

But, it’s not a clear-cut victory, not least because the styling somewhat awkward from some angles. It lacks the visual zest of the equally new, but a mite smaller, Ford Puma.

Also, the Kuga looks a bit soft in high-spec trims with all the body-coloured panelling. Ironically, it’s at the cheaper end of the range where you’ll find unpainted wheelarches and lower bumper mouldings more readily associated with SUVs.

Being based to heavily on the Ford Focus ensures that the Kuga noses ahead of it direct rivals.

It handles impressively, it's roomy, very easy to live with and the dealer network is reasuringly massive. But if having fun in an SUV is more of a priority than those factors, and you can sacrifice on space a little, the Puma’s the one to go for.

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