84: Ford Kuga – Surprisingly fun but left behind in the SUV rush
Top 100 cars for 2019: Kuga’s poor sales performance is a little unfair, as it is a pretty decent all-round SUV
It is one of the few SUVs that you can actually have genuine, real, fun driving
The Ford Kuga seems to get a bit left behind, in attention terms, compared to the rest of the mid-size SUV brigade. While others, such as the VW T-Roc, the Nissan Qashqai, and the Hyundai Santa Fe, grab all the available airspace, the Kuga seems to trot along behind, in slightly lonely fashion. Which is a little unfair, as it is actually a pretty decent all-round SUV, especially from a drivers’ perspective.
It is one of the few such cars that you can actually have genuine, real, fun driving - being closely related to the Focus and Mondeo means that the steering is sharp, the body control firm, and the chassis nicely tuned. What probably doesn’t help are the price tag (too high by far); the fact that the boot is on the small side for a car such as this (barely more than what you’d get in a Focus hatchback); and the interior looks and feels a touch lo-rent in places.
Best model: 1.5 TDCI 120hp ST-Line for €29,931
Price range: €28,399 to €40,947. Finance from €239 per month.
Co2 emissions: 115 to 143g/km
Sum up: Good to drive but has become too pricey.