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Ford Kuga review - Interior, design and technology

Sleeker, smarter, with lots of handy on-board tech, the third-generation Kuga is well-equipped for family life

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£33,355 to £42,305
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​Inside the Ford Kuga you’ll find a cabin similar to that in the Focus hatchback, which means a good level of quality and a dash layout that is simple and easy to navigate. All new models feature a 12.3-inch central touchscreen houses Ford’s excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system.

Ford has delivered a simple set of trim levels which offer something for every customer’s needs. Entry to Kuga ownership was originally taken care of by the Zetec equipment line, however the more popular Titanium trim is now the starting point. 

This means that 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, climate control, a crystal-clear reversing camera, partial leather trim and an upgraded B&O premium audio system are all now included as standard.

For those who want something a little sportier, the ST-Line cars include a more aggressive body-styling kit, sports suspension and unique ST-Line badging. Upgrade to the ST-Line X version and you’ll gain 19-inch alloys, a panoramic roof, a power tailgate and heated seats, while the luxury-spec Vignale cars are further equipped with a heated steering wheel, full leather upholstery and metallic paint.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Kuga comes with Ford’s SYNC 3 navigation and infotainment set-up. Sat-nav is standard, as is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for those that prefer connecting via their smartphone.

The system loads quickly and is easy to use, while the built-in user interface allows fast access to the functions you want. The screen is sharp and responsive, plus the large buttons on the screen make it relatively easy to use while on the move.

Digital dials now feature on all versions of the Kuga, but these don’t offer the same configurability as you get in some rival systems, and you can’t display the sat nav map on the instrument cluster.

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