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 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.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

September 23, 2016