The third generation of the Ford Kuga has new engines, new technology and a smart new look. Ford has introduced a plug-in hybrid Kuga for the first time, and that’s the model we’re reviewing here.

There’s also a mild-hybrid diesel, as well as conventional petrol and diesel options. We’re pleased that Ford hasn’t rushed to abandon diesel power, as some car makers have with their family SUVs.

What are we looking for?

The Kuga PHEV has been priced within a few hundred pounds of the top-spec diesel. Has plug-in hybrid technology matured enough to allow caravanners to swap from diesel to hybrid power without need to compromise? Or does diesel power make more sense for towing?