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The Top Gear car review: Ford Kuga
Running costs and reliability
It’s a Ford, so expect costs to be reasonable. It’s around a grand cheaper than the old model, spec-for-spec. But think carefully about 4WD: it is more expensive to buy, and you’ll pay more in tax and fuel. Ford says it will find 10-12,000 annual buyers here, but while it’s better than before, we’d still look at the excellent Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Kodiaq before joining them. But if you do plunge for it, take a look at the different trim levels.
The range kicks off with ‘Zetec’, offering the best value as it comes with family car necessities such as air con and cruise control, but you’ll have to pay a bit more for a bigger screen and infotainment package – a must in our opinion. Then there’s ‘Titanium’ which makes things a bit posher, ‘ST-Line’ if you want firmer suspension, 18in wheels, black detailing and a generally more aggressive look for the shopping centre car park. But now there’s a new range-topping Vignale, Ford’s business class offering that gets everything, but for a plump price. A price which you might want to shop around the competitors with - it’s seven grand more than the Zetec.