The Blue Oval’s Kuga is smart looking and generally reliable, but it doesn’t offer that much fun behind the wheel, and the boot is woefully small for the size of car. It is also a tad lacklustre, but at least it’s a safe car.
A lower-powered 2.0 litre diesel engine in Zetec trim makes a good used buy because it offers the best mix of performance, price, running costs and kit. The front-wheel-drive variant is really what you should try and get, unless you are desperate for 4x4 traction and off-road ability. Front wheel drive Kugas are a little bit cheaper to run than the four-wheel-drive versions and may well have been better cared for.