The Ford Kuga is a great choice if you love driving – it’s one of the most enjoyable family SUVs to drive.
The Ford Kuga is an SUV that is surprisingly fun to drive for a large car. Trouble is, it doesn’t have the passenger and boot space that you might expect.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
The Ford Kuga is an SUV you can enjoy driving. The Ford Kuga is surprisingly good in bends, yet has traditional SUV benefits such as a high driving position and a great view out. Some models are expensive to run.
WHAT’S IT LIKE INSIDE?
A high-spec Kuga comes with lots of plush leather and glossy plastic trims but entry-level models feel spartan inside.
The Kuga’s interior looks like someone at Ford has swallowed a load of buttons, then spat them all over the dashboard
HOW PRACTICAL IS IT?
The Ford Kuga has more space than a small family car, but rear legroom is tighter and the boot smaller than in other SUVs.
The Ford Kuga is a great example of how you shouldn’t sacrifice driving enjoyment if your family has grown and you need a bigger car.
Sadly, the Ford Kuga can’t match others in its class for funky interior styling. If you go for an entry-level Kuga you don’t even get touchscreen infotainment. On the other hand, the build quality is slightly better. Plus, if you go for a Vignale you get most of its dashboard wrapped in leather.
Up front, the Ford Kuga has enough space if you’re tall and the wide range of adjustment to steering wheel and seat make getting a comfortable driving position easy.
The Ford Kuga also has a noticeably smaller boot than I expected to see, making alternatives more practical for carrying luggage. However, the Kuga’s boot does have a practical square shape and the car’s height means you don’t have to bend your back when loading and there isn’t a load lip to lift luggage over.
Picking an engine for the Kuga is easy because all options are punchy and fuel efficient. Stick to one of the lesser two petrol engines and you’ll enjoy decent performance coupled with sensible running costs. The diesel only makes sense if you travel long distances frequently and, if so, the 1.5-litre is the pick of the bunch – it has enough get up and go to transport a family and its luggage, yet is also economical.
It’s only once you’ve loaded up and set off that the Ford Kuga reveals its true strength – it’s actually decent fun to drive. The Kuga likes to dart into corners like a much smaller car and the accurate steering lets you place the car on the road with confidence. It also has very little body lean in corners which helps if your passengers are prone to car sickness.
ST Line models have lowered suspension and roll even less in bends but are less comfort when going over potholed roads.
The Ford Kuga got a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP which is reassuring for a family car.
All in all, the Ford Kuga may not be the most practical or the most spacious family SUV but its ability to put a smile on any driver’s face gives it something not many SUVs can offer.
I really enjoyed driving this car for the few days that I had it and I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t think I would. I’ve only ever driven hatchbacks and the occasion saloon. Never anything as big as an SUV. I always maintained the option that I couldn’t understand the appeal of a car like this. However, I really got to know this car and I’m here to tell you, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
It has everything that I personally want/need from a car. It’s got all the safety features I look for, good styling both inside and out. It’s the perfect car for growing families looking for space, comfort and safety. While there isn’t much room inside, Ford got the increased ride height and driving position absolutely spot on. Which for me, made all the difference. It’s pretty amazing on fuel efficiency too.
I know what you’re thinking? The Ford Kuga isn’t the car for you. Well, that’s OK, we’re not all the same and if we were the world would be a pretty boring place. However, it might be the car for me. It’ll definitely be one to consider the next time I’m looking to buy. It ticks all of my boxes and answers all the questions I ask myself when looking for a new car.
Plus, if you go to Evans Halshaw Ford, they’ll look after you. Just tell them I sent you.
*This post, even though it was sponsored by Evans Halshaw, at Batley. It is my honest opinion. I hope you enjoyed it*