In-depth reviews

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

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. The 8-inch central touchscreen houses Ford’s excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is standard across the range.

Ford has delivered a simple set of trim levels which offer something for every customer’s needs. Entry to Kuga ownership is taken care of by the Zetec equipment line, although this still brings 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, auto headlights, sports seats, sat-nav and a wireless charging pad for your smartphone.

The most popular specification will probably be mid-range Titanium which adds bigger 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.

For those who want something a little sportier, the ST-Line cars include a more aggressive body-styling kit, sports suspension, unique ST-Line badging and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. 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, Active Park Assist and a head-up display.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Kuga comes with Ford’s current 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 come on the higher-spec versions of the Kuga, although the standard set-up is nice and clear, with a small screen in the middle for trip data. The digital dials are just that - there’s not the same configurability as you get in some rival systems, and you can’t display the sat nav map on the instrument cluster.

Most Popular

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”
Opinion - electric car prices
Opinion

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”

Mike Rutherford thinks the industry needs to face the fact that a lot of people can’t afford a brand new factory-fresh car
16 May 2022
Best electric cars to buy 2022
Best electric cars
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2022

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
28 Apr 2022
Tipo 184: on the road in the Mazda MX-5 based kit car
Tipo 184 kit car front
Features

Tipo 184: on the road in the Mazda MX-5 based kit car

Inspired by classic Grand Prix racing cars, Darren Collins has created a model that faithfully recreates the originals, but with a twist - it’s actual…
11 May 2022