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What is it?
The Kuga is Ford’s take on the family-sized SUV. It’s got all the right 4x4 looks but with excellent on-road manners. The Kuga is popular with owners and has strong residual values.
What is the Ford Kuga like to drive?
Like almost every Ford, the Kuga is a fun car to drive and this is one of its core strengths where most rivals miss this point. However, it also manages to be comfortable too and suits both long motorway journeys – where the high driving position is particularly useful – as well as runs to the supermarket or school.
What engines are available?
Two engines are available, a 2.0-litre diesel and a 1.5 turbo petrol from Ford’s Ecoboost stable. Both of these are in turn available in two power outputs. In the case of the diesel it’s 150hp or 180hp and the petrol comes in at 150hp or 182hp. The 150hp petrol is only available as a front-drive car while the 182hp is only fitted with all-wheel drive. In the diesel the 150hp is available with either front or all-wheel drive, but again, the higher power unit only comes in AWD.
What are the key standard features of the Ford Kuga?
There are four trim levels to pick from staring with the Zetec which includes 17in alloys, Quickclear heated front screen, powered & heated door mirrors, front fog lights, DAB radio, Ford Sync (which includes Bluetooth and a USB socket), cruise control with speed limiter and manual aircon.
What are the key options?
Although even the Zetec model is very well equipped, Ford offers a host of options including a tow-bar kit, parking sensors, satnav and blind-spot information system.
How spacious is the Ford Kuga?
Interior space is good in the Kuga for front-seat passengers with plenty of cubby holes and good door bins and all but the Zetec cars have a centre storage area. Boot space is good for the class too at 406 litres. The rear seats can be split-folded and in maximum capacity mode there’s 1603 litres of space.
What will it cost to run?
The front-drive 150hp diesel is the most fleet friendly with a CO2 figure of 122g/km, so putting it in the 22% benefit in kind tax bracket. The all-wheel drive version bumps this to 135g/km, and the automatic gearbox (only available with AWD) takes this to 140g/km. The best petrol sits at 143g/km for CO2 and sits in the 23% BIK band making it a sensible alternative to the diesel for lower mileage drivers.
What safety features does it have?
The Kuga is impressively safe with seven airbags standard across the range and it scores five stars for EuroNCAP with a 94% adult occupant rating, 86% child occupant rating and 100% for safety assistance. There’s also an optional Driver Assistance Pack which adds lane keeping, driver alert, city stop and traffic sign recognition.
These include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Nissan X-trail, Vauxhall Antara and VW Tiguan.