Company car drivers will gravitate towards the Kuga PHEV because of its 10% benefit-in-kind rate, which significantly undercuts other members of the line-up. With 35 miles of electric range, the average commuter might barely need to fill up with fuel during the week, either, assuming they have the ability to charge the car’s battery at work. (It takes 3.3 hours from a wallbox and six from a domestic three-pin plug.)

Owners may rarely, if ever, achieve the claimed 201.8mpg, but over the course of a year, with frequent charging, they might be surprised how close they get.

Titanium trim offers the best blend of equipment and price and keeps the wheel size sensible. At £995, the panoramic roof is expensive but lifts the interior ambience

As for specification, the range opens with Zetec trim, although even this includes wireless smartphone charging, leather for the steering wheel, cruise control and sports seats. To get the plug-in hybrid powertrain, though, you’ll need to upgrade to at least Titanium trim, which brings 18in wheels and dual-zone climate control.

ST-Line and ST-Line X then add some sportier addition, including firmer suspension, which, as we’ve discovered, isn’t all that desirable.

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