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Some things – such as skin creams – are made for a niche purpose and appeal to a very specific customer base. And some things – like shower gel – are made to cover as many bases as possible and to sell to as large an audience as possible. The Ford Kuga takes the latter approach. It’s available with two petrol and two diesel engines, a mild hybrid (mHEV) and a full plug-in hybrid (PHEV). And in this ever-changing automotive landscape, the more options the better, because it means you're more likely to find something that suits your needs.
For example, company car users will certainly be attracted to the plug-in hybrid for its lower levels of benefit-in-kind tax, while those who tow a caravan might prefer the more powerful diesel, which comes with four-wheel drive. So choosing which Kuga to go for is just as likely to depend on your lifestyle and how you expect to use the car. With several trim levels offered, you can balance value, equipment and sportiness, too.
Of course, the large SUV class is crowded and competitive, whether you’re looking for something conventionally powered, such as the Peugeot 5008, Mazda CX-5 and Citroen C5 Aircross, or electrified, like the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Plus, if you have a bit more money to spend and want to explore premium alternatives, there's the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 to consider. Read on and we’ll explore how the Kuga compares with these peers and what you get for your money.
And, whether you’re sold on a Kuga or one of its rivals, head to our New Car Deals pages for a stress-free purchase at a great price.