As a tow car, the Ford Kuga is capable. However, in other respects it’s some way off the best mid-sized SUVs.

Let’s deal with the positives first. The Kuga is a very stable tow car at speed. At 60mph it’s solid, and even travelling 10mph faster, the Ford is very much in control.

The Kuga put in a solid shift in the lane-change, too, sliding a little at the rear but remaining under control despite some tugging at the back of the car from the caravan.

It coped well enough with the hill start as well, although there was a lot of vibration through the driver’s seat when pulling away.

In regular driving, the Kuga steers well and reasonably neatly. However, considering that Ford’s engineers are usually the masters of making mainstream cars that entertain the driver, it’s disappointing that the Kuga isn’t more fun.

Inside, the Kuga isn’t as roomy as some rivals and it’s strictly a five-seater whereas some competitors at this price offer the option of seven seats.

The standard of finish is nothing to write home about considering the car wears a price tag of over £35,000.

For a car of this size, the boot capacity of 406 litres isn’t great and couldn’t handle a full load of holiday luggage. However, the 12V socket in the boot is handy and the reversing camera is very useful when hitching up.

According to What Car?‘s Target Price research, big discounts are available, and impressive official economy figures suggest low fuel bills.

2019
Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

Previous Winners
2018
1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2017
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*

2016
1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business

2015
1400-1549kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG

2014
1400-1549kg

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

2013
Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance

2012
1725–1899kg

Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury

2011
1425-1574kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport

2010
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS

2009
1900kg+

Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic

2008
1575-1724kg

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto

2007
1575-1724kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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