Ford’s Kuga is the ultimate in small SUVs. While not a new addition to the Blue Oval range – it has been around since 2008 – it has only come into its own recently, as the popularity of small SUVs has soared.
Based on Ford’s C1 platform – which is designed and engineered in Cologne – and featuring a Dagenham-built powertrain (the upper body and interior come from Detroit), it was primarily developed by Ford of Europe.
Thinking of a Kuga, but not sure which is for you? With five variants of the second-generation model to choose from, it can be a confusing decision. However, here at Motors.co.uk we have picked out three different trims of the model, taking three different price points into account.
The smart choice for saving money: Ford Kuga Zetec
Despite being the base option on Ford’s model range, the Zetec spec list is none-the-less extensive. And costing from £20,245 on the road, with Ford’s 1.5T EcoBoost 120PS engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, it’s affordable, too.
This front-wheel-drive model also has stop-start technology, to ensure that its economy figures remain low.
Finished in an attractive shade of blue, and featuring 17" five-spoke alloy wheels and twin exhaust tailpipes, it boasts a premium appeal, which not many affordable SUVs do.
Amongst the standard spec are ‘Quickclear’ heated front windscreen and washer jets, electrically-operated and heated door mirrors, halogen day running lights and front fog lamps.
Ford’s EasyFuel capless refuelling with misfuel inhibitor is a handy additional feature.
The smart choice for value: Ford Kuga Titanium Sport
The intermediary option in the Kuga range, the Titanium Sport, with a 1.5T EcoBoost 150PS powertrain, coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox will set you back £24,795.
Again in a front-wheel-drive guise, and featuring stop-start technology, this Kuga boasts active park assist, complete with front and rear parking sensors.
Wheels on this model are increased to 18” alloy wheels and it features a full body styling kit.
Included in this kit are body coloured front skirts, a lower centre silver skid plate, front and rear body colour wheel arches, and a large rear spoiler.
The cabin, meanwhile, is decked out in an ebony coloured cloth with Torino partial leather trim.
The smart choice for technophiles: Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport
The must-have for technophiles out there, Ford’s Kuga in Titanium X Sport trim can be bought for as low as £28,895. However, the one to buy is the 2.0-litre TDCi 180PS option. Featuring a Powershift automatic gearbox, which distributes power to all four wheels, this option will set you back £34,080.
Boasting 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a similar bodykit to the Titanium Sport, it also features active park assist (Semi Automatic Parking system) with front and rear parking sensors.
Rear privacy glass, silver roof rails, power-foldable door mirrors with puddle lights and heated front seats are included in the extensive standard spec on this model, which is trimmed in ebony Torino leather.