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Ford Kuga

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

71
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

71
%
D

Running Costs:

65
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

71
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

69
%
C

Safety Rating:

76
%
B

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

71
%
D

Running Costs:

65
%
B

Summary


The Ford Kuga is a mid-sized SUV/crossover model, that sits above the Puma in the Ford SUV range. The current model is the third generation, which was launched in the UK in early 2020.

Unlike the previous generation, the current Kuga is available with a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid powertrain, as well as traditional petrol and diesel engines.

Media reviews for the Kuga have been generally positive, with the plug-in hybrid models tending to score better than the regular petrol and diesel models.

As of January 2024, the Ford Kuga holds an Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71% for both new and used car calculations. The low CO2 emissions and excellent fuel consumption of the plug-in hybrid powertrain play a big part in this score.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door SUV/crossover
Engines: 
petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: 
From £33,380 on-road

Launched: Spring 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 82%
Safety assist: 73%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 2.0-litre diesel manual ST-Line

Overall score: 2.5 stars
Date tested: February 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 4.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.8 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 1.8 / 10

The Ford Kuga 2.0-litre diesel manual ST-Line received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The Ford Kuga is tested here with a 2.0 litre diesel engine equipped with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. In general, the car performs well, and energy efficiency is impressive for a vehicle in this size category.

“However, despite being equipped with a lean NOx trap, designed to reduce emissions of the oxides of Nitrogen, these remain a weak-point, reducing the indexes for both Clean Air and Greenhouse Gases and limiting the rating to 2½ stars.”

This rating only applies to the 2.0-litre diesel manual version of the Ford Kuga, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Ford Kuga has a reasonable reliability score of 65%, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to both the current model (2020 onwards) and the previous Kuga (2013 to 2019).

The big item to look out for is the gearbox. Faults here are both reasonably common and eye-wateringly expensive, with an average repair bill of about £2,800. Engine problems are also fairly common, with an average bill of £800.

Most other faults tend to be cheaper to repair. Electric system problems are the most commonly reported issues, with an average repair bill of just under £400.

If you own a Ford Kuga, or you’re looking at buying a used Kuga, a used car warranty would be a sensible investment. Makes sure that any warranty you purchase covers these key problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models42 mpgD41 – 43 mpgC – D
Diesel models52 mpgB46 – 57 mpgB – C
Plug-in hybrid models232 mpgA202 – 283 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models152 g/kmB149 – 156 g/kmB – B
Diesel models140 g/kmB123 – 160 g/kmA – C
Plug-in hybrid models28 g/kmA22 – 32 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models37 milesD35 – 40 milesD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models23B20 – 50A – F

The Ford Kuga should be a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life running cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The plug-in hybrid model boost the overall range averages quite a lot, as its fuel economy and emissions figures are flattered by the useless UK/EU government lab test protocols. Under normal driving circumstances, you’ll never travel 232 miles on one gallon (4.5 litres) of petrol and some electricity…

We don’t currently have servicing and maintenance data for the Kuga, so check back soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Ford Kuga has received

2021

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Medium Crossover
  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid for Long Distances
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Hybrid Large SUV
  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best Family Car

2020

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Mid-Size SUV
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid Large SUV
  • Business Car Awards – Best Medium SUV

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The third-generation Ford Kuga has received positive reviews, being considered good to drive although not as spacious as most rivals.Ford Kuga