What is it?
After a few years on sale, the Ford Kuga has hit an age where it needs to go under the surgeon’s knife in order to stay fresh. Up front there are new headlights and a new grille that bring the car into line with the recently released Edge, while at the back there are new tail-lights. Inside, you'll now find Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system.
Mechanical changes are minor, with the biggest news being that a 1.5-litre diesel engine is replacing the lowest powered 2.0-litre in the pre-facelift car. There are also two new trim levels: luxurious Vignale at the top of the range and sporty ST-Line, as driven here, in the middle.
Like similarly badged models in the range, the Ford Kuga ST-Line isn’t a new performance figurehead for the brand's mid-size SUV. Instead, it’s a style and handling pack designed to give the impression of enhanced performance without actually delivering any extra motive force.
Even though it’s mostly all mouth and no trousers, ST-Line trim does come with a 10mm drop in ride height, uprated dampers and bushes, a stiffer front anti-roll bar and a larger one at the rear.