Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid boot space & seating

Ford claims best-in-class rear legroom for the Kuga and it’s hard to argue, as there's loads of space for adults in the back

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£36,825 - £39,225
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,629mm2,178mm1,742mm581 / 1,481 litres

Many plug-in hybrids have to sacrifice some practicality to accommodate their batteries, which affects interior space and outright load volume. The Kuga plug-in doesn't avoid this completely, but by putting most of the electrical hardware under the passenger compartment, Ford has limited its impact on practicality.

The interior is huge and there’s enough room for adults to get comfortable. The boot is slightly smaller than the one in the conventional petrol and diesel Kugas, but in reality there’s very little in it – most should find the car plenty big enough for family duties and the occasional trip to the tip.

Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Whichever way you look at it, the Ford Kuga is a practical car. There’s no seven-seat option, but don’t let that put you off – not only is there enough space for kids in the back, there’s room for three adults to stretch out in complete comfort. There’s loads of headroom thanks to the high roofline and legroom is generous, too.

The door bins are a decent size and there’s a handy cubby ahead of the gearlever with a wireless phone charging pad. The central cubby has a neat shelf built into it, which is useful for keeping your keys or wallet, but we’d prefer if it was a little wider or deeper – there’s no room for a large water bottle, which is a shame.

Boot space

The standard car’s 645-litre boot (with the seats moved forward) puts the Kuga among the most practical cars in this class. In the transition to plug-in hybrid, however, the standard 12-volt battery has been moved, which has a small effect on available boot space. Still, 581 litres is a decent amount and should be more than enough for most families day-to-day. Fold the rear seats flat and you free up a total of 1,481 litres – again, shy of the diesel model’s 1,534-litre load bay. For comparison, the Toyota RAV4 boasts 1,690 litres, while a MINI Countryman offers 1,275 litres.

Most Popular

New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond
Polestars under cover
Coming soon

New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond

With electric cars making up an ever-increasing proportion of sales, the industry is working flat out to launch new models – here's what's on the way …
19 May 2022
Top 10 best plug-in hybrid SUVs 2022
DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE
Best cars

Top 10 best plug-in hybrid SUVs 2022

The finest plug-in hybrid SUVs offer low running costs, enough electric range for daily use and excellent practicality. These are the best plug-in hyb…
4 May 2022
Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022
Top 10 best electric SUVs
Best cars

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

Electric SUVs combine style and practicality with low running costs, making them a very popular choice in the UK. Here are our top 10 favourites to bu…
17 May 2022