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The Top Gear car review:Ford Kuga
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
What the Ford Kuga loses in dynamic sparkle, in gains in space and value. The boot is up to 200 litres roomier than before, depending on how you position the rear seats, which now recline to give your passengers a more relaxed posture. Up front, the dash is smarter too.
Ford has tried to simplify it but there are still many buttons, but they’re ergonomic and easy-to-use. Overall, the interior is functional but lacks a sense of occasion or a premium edge; there’s too much squidge in some materials and scratchiness in others; it’s not harmonious.
Now there’s an optional, kick-operated tailgate – just swing a leg under the rear bumper and it springs open. Useful when you have armfuls of toddler. We’ve seen this on more upmarket things such as the Audi A6, but it’s now becoming a feature on more affordable cars like the Kuga.