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Ford Kuga

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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 new Kuga is available with a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid powertrain, as well as traditional petrol and diesel engines.

The new model was launched in the UK just as the country went into lockdown, so we do not have many media reviews collected so far. Those that have been published to date are mostly reviews of the plug-in hybrid model. We will add in more reviews as they are published, but it does mean that the Kuga’s current Expert Rating of 72% (as of August 2021) could change by a significant degree as the petrol and diesel models are tested by a larger number of websites.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door SUV/crossover
Engines: 
petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: 
From £26,445 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Fleetworld

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019

92%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

82%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

73%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


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.

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

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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