Front three-quarter visibility in the Ford Kuga is a little restricted by the thick A-pillars, but otherwise there are no complaints about the way Ford has chosen to site you as the driver, or the simple logic with which it has positioned the major controls around you. Taller drivers might like a shade more reach adjustment on the steering wheel, but that’s about as close to a criticism of the driving position as we can come.
The relationship between the pedals, wheel, gear lever and your outer extremities is otherwise flawless. Additionally, the gauges are easy to read and the steering column stalks logical enough in their operation.
However, the optional navigation/entertainment system is not as easy to programme and operate as its touch-sensitive screen should have allowed it to be. The graphics seem a little last generation and the further you delve into its operation, the less intuitive it becomes. A perhaps more serious issue lies behind you, where you’ll discover that, for all the Kuga’s presence and perceived size, there’s not much space for your children or chums. Legroom is particularly tight, while even headroom is hardly generous for a car with such a high roofline.
The boot is more generous, though, and accessed through a tailgate that allows you to life the glass separately rather than the whole boot door.
The cabin ambience is dictated by the trim level. Climb up into a well optioned Titanium spec Ford Kuga (and we use the word ‘up’ advisedly) and you will behold a land of polished metal surfaces and shiny chrome finishes complete with touch-screen navigation and a selection of knobs, buttons, dials and switches to keep the most technophile of fans happy. However, while more basic cabins are still decent places to be in, they are not nearly as enthralling.