Another busy old month for the capable Kuga. We have been to some interesting places together, including an eager night-time foray with the hope of seeing the supposedly memorable lunar eclipse. It should have involved a huge red-glowing moon diving out of sight and back again, in what was billed as a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic spectacle.
Well, in plenty of places it was, but not in southern England, boohoo. Kuga and I went foraging for a good view atop a rural hill, suitably distant from the overspill of London and outer suburban nocturnal illumination. Where we went the countryside was dark, streetlamps and rain absent. All the portents were good. I was cocooned in a comfy car, elevated by its SUV height, comforted by its efficient climate control system and cosy seat heaters, and equipped to travel to achieve the best view. But the external climate decided otherwise. A thick cloud cover came scudding across our region and blocked out the view. So instead, I had to make do with tantalising television coverage on the news bulletins in the aftermath.
It wasn’t the car’s fault, of course, and it was a good excuse to be driving at the time I love best: at night, across country, on relatively empty roads, and far from the coned-off sclerosis of the night-maintained M25. Add to the mix a chilled late-night music station, and a thermal mug of decent coffee slotted into one of the Kuga’s pair of central cupholders, and you have an instant recipe for motoring minus the frustrations of daytime congestion and driver agitation.
It also gave me a peaceful chance to stop, sit and consider some of the features that elevate the Kuga as a mainstream SUV with premium aspirations. Good seats matter on any car, and in a tall SUV you especially want them to side-buffer you on the bends. I love the Kuga’s substantially upholstered seats that cushion supportively in all the right places. They look good too, with a kind of stretched honeycomb pattern that comes with the Vignale specification and really enhances the cabin ambience.
Last month I mentioned making good use of the Kuga’s roomy 456 litres of boot space. It was filled to capacity by four girls’ heavingly-large luggage for a holiday trip. My daughter and her three best chums were going to Ibiza for a long mid-summer weekend of non-stop partying, doubtless wearing fewer clothes than their mothers might approve, but having packed enough for a mid-winter month in Siberia. It says much for the Kuga’s load-swallowing capacity and general civility that the girls and I had a couple of smooth, comfortable trips to and from the airport hell that is Stansted in the holiday season. They rated the Kuga a glorious haven of escape. Which is what any good car should be.
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Date arrived 20th October 2017
Fuel economy 54.3mpg (combined) 41.8mpg (on test)
Excellent seat comfort and aesthetics, with the attractive stretched-honeycomb design that gives the cabin an upmarket ambience.
The monochrome grey paint colour. It’s sombre, smart and businesslike, but some of the brighter shades now populating the roads are so much more cheerful.