Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
You should have plenty of space, even if you’re tall, sitting in the front of the Kuga. Its high SUV roofline gives it a decent amount of head room, and its interior is wide enough to ensure that you won’t be clashing elbows with your passenger.
The large cubby at the bottom of the centre console is big enough for your mobile phone and wallet, and there are two large cupholders between the front seats, along with a rubberised dish for storing change or keys. The central armrest opens to reveal a deep storage bin with a 12V socket.
The front door pockets are quite narrow, though; a 500ml bottle of drink is about as much as you can fit in there.
Space in the back is pretty generous, although not as expansive as the biggest rivals, which include the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe. But a pair of six-foot passengers should have no problem getting comfortable, and even a third, middle-seat occupant will find enough head and leg room to be reasonably satisfied with their lot. There is a hump in the floor for the middle passenger to splay their legs around, but this is pretty small compared to what they'd have to contend with in an Audi Q5 or Mazda CX-5. Meanwhile, reasonably tall rear windows let in enough of light to stave off claustrophobia.
When only two seats are occupied, a central armrest that incorporates two cupholders can be folded down. A three-pin UK plug socket is another thoughtful feature.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats of all models take the form of a sliding bench; this can be moved forwards and backwards to help prioritise boot space or passenger leg room to suit your needs. The rear seatbacks also recline to aid comfort and are split into 60/40 sections.
They fold flat, so you’ll have no problems sliding heavy objects along the extended boot floor and folding the seats is a simple matter of pulling the handy levers situated in the boot compartment.
The Kuga PHEV's boot is pretty average for the class, with various rivals, including the Peugeot 5008, Citroën C5 Aircross, Honda CR-V and Kia Sorento, offering considerably more space. But there are good points, such as no load lip at the entrance to cause nuisance when loading heavy items in and out, and the boot floor itself is a helpful square shape and isn’t hindered by awkward wheel-arch intrusions.
If you need more room, the rest of the range, without the PHEV's battery pack, offers a bit more boot space.
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