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Best Car for City Driving: Ford Kuga

Find out why the Ford Kuga is the 2018 winner of our Best Car for City Drivers award.

City driving is some of the most demanding driving there is, so if you spend a lot of time in towns and cities, you need a car that feels right at home in the urban jungle. For that reason, many people think a good city car has to be small, but the fact our 2018 Best Car for City Driving award has been won by the Ford Kuga proves that, for owners, that’s not necessarily the case.
Like most of our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of more than 40,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion. Of all the cars rated by city drivers in our survey, the Kuga was rated top in the areas of comfort and durability, and second for reliability. Here are just a few of the comments owners made about the Kuga…
  • “Drives well and looks good, and not bad on running costs.”
  • “The feeling of space and comfort inside.”
  • “I feel very safe and comfortable in it. I also like the way it looks.”
Our experts like the Ford Kuga, too, as you can see from our expert review.
Commenting on the Kuga’s victory in this category, Auto Trader’s Road Test Editor, Ivan Aistrop, said: “Yes, the Kuga isn’t a city car in the eyes of the motoring industry, but what does that matter to owners? The Kuga still has plenty of virtues that make it a pleasure to use in the city. The comfortable ride and flexible engines make it good to drive within the city limits, and there’s enough space inside the car to cope with the urban school run. Families will also appreciate the advanced safety kit available, and the cool connectivity options will appeal to any self-respecting urbanite.” The question is, will the Kuga be able to retain its crown in 2019? Our Best City Cars feature will tell you what our experts think the best city cars are, and can any of these challenge for honours this year? For instance, the Volkswagen Up has bags of style, quality and image, all for an affordable price, while the Renault Zoe offers buyers an affordable electric option, and the Smart ForTwo Cabrio offers incredible manoeuvrability and open-top thrills. If you’re a city dweller and you’re looking for your next car, you can start configuring your brand new Kuga right now.

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