OK, so they don’t offer one that’s fuelled by unicorn tears, but otherwise Ford has covered pretty well all the bases with the Kuga.

You can have it as petrol, diesel, hybrid or plug-in hybrid.

You get many of the advantages of mixing petrol and electric, without the hassle of plugging it in

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You get many of the advantages of mixing petrol and electric, without the hassle of plugging it in

For a lot of people, it’s the third option that’ll make sense.

You get many of the advantages of mixing petrol and electric, without the hassle of plugging it in. In town driving, it’s smooth and quiet.

In fact, the engine can switch itself off for up to half the time. Half the time, that is, not half the miles. It’s mostly off when you are not moving, or just dawdling along.

Even when the engine does come to life, it’s the relatively quiet drone of a petrol, not the crude rattle of a diesel.

Driving the hybrid is easy

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Driving the hybrid is easy

But overall fuel economy is pretty well up with a diesel. It’s only if you do a lot of outside-lane motorway driving that the diesel would drink less.

Driving the hybrid is easy. Not only because it doesn’t have a mains cable. It’s also completely automatic. No need to press buttons that switch between power sources or modes.

No need to change gear either. It’s automatic. Although a slightly odd kind of auto — it doesn’t have a fixed number of gears, but a continuous spread.

Often the engine revs will be constant while the car’s speed changes.

The whole cabin is stuffed with storage bins and chargers and handy nooks and crannies

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The whole cabin is stuffed with storage bins and chargers and handy nooks and crannies

You do get used to it, and if you have the B&O stereo turned up you don’t even hear it.

The Kuga makes a handy family wagon. If you’ve got little kids, you can slide the rear seats forward. That makes it less of a reach when you pass back the snacks. It also makes the boot bigger to swallow the double-buggy.

If it’s teenagers instead, the rear seats slide back and even recline, so they can slob about on their devices.

The whole cabin is stuffed with storage bins and chargers and handy nooks and crannies.

Some crossovers are hardly taller than hatchbacks.

But the Kuga was designed with Ford’s American division in mind. Land of the SUV. So you ride high, with a commanding view. But it doesn’t drive like a truck.

The steering is fluent and sharp, so it’s easy to be smooth and accurate.

Taut suspension means no one will feel sick, but it isn’t uncomfortably sharp.

It’s also completely automatic

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It’s also completely automatic

OK, some of the cabin trim is more MFI than Poggenpohl. But the list of standard equipment makes up for it.

Anyway, the price isn’t greedy.

A unicorn-tear engine would definitely have cost more.

KEY FACTS: FORD KUGA ST-LINE X

  • Price: £34,735
  • Engine: 2.5-litre petrol plus hybrid drive
  • Power: 190hp
  • 0-62mph: 9.1 secs
  • Top speed: 122mph
  • Economy: 49mpg
  • CO2: 130g/km
  • Out: Now
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