Ford Kuga Review 2023
Ford Kuga At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 3–22
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
With the third-generation model, Ford looks like it's finally got the recipe right with the Kuga. It's certainly one of the best family SUVs going and we'll explain all in our Ford Kuga review.
The previous generation Kuga was not really a match for established rivals, but the new Ford Kuga has been given a serious overhaul to take on rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
Initially launching with diesel, petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid engine options, Ford's since dropped the diesel engine from the range. The focus is certainly on the hybrid options and the third-generation Kuga is the first to offer a plug-in hybrid option with an electric-only range of up to 35 miles. While you can't ignore the extra weight of the big battery you need to lug around on longer journeys that'll impact fuel economy, for those who do regular short trips it could prove very economical.
The styling is quite a departure from the older car, with the design taking an influence from other cars in the Ford range, including the Puma and Focus. It certainly looks a lot sharper for it and if you were to glance it out of the corner of your eye, we reckon you might even think it was an Aston Martin DBX in the right light.
While the Puma very much fits in the small SUV space, the larger dimensions of the Kuga (it measures 4614mm long, 1883mm wide and 1666m high) mean it's an SUV intended for the rigours of family life and the baggage that comes with it.
That means there's a good amount of space in the cabin of the Kuga whether you're up front or in the back. The sliding bench seats in the back mean you can easily fit a couple of adults in the back if needed, while there's ample space for a couple of kids and the necessary car seats. Boot space isn't as impressive as some rivals (with the sliding rear bench seat slid forward you get 645 litres of boot space, though that drops to 581 litres with the Kuga PHEV). Reality is though that it'll easily swallow most things for a family holiday. Or a couple of kids bikes or an adult road bike with the wheels off.
If you can look past the fairly dated looking SYNC 3 infotainment system (made easier by the fact that both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trim levels) then the Kuga is very easy to get to grips with. While it might not look as slick as the buttonless central consoles that some rivals sport (and the materials could definitely be better in the Kuga), we really like the amount of physical controls on the dash. It just makes life so much easier when you're on the move.
In typical Ford fashion, the Kuga will be available in a range of trim levels to suit every buyer - including Vignale, ST-Line and Titanium variants. That's not forgetting the entry-level Zetec trim that kicks off the range at £28,755. Our preference would be the Kuga in ST-Line trim - there's an excellent bundle of standard equipment while the sportier bodykit gives the car a bit more edge.