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Ford Kuga

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Ford Kuga

(2020 - present)

    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 74% (as of June 2022) 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 £28,755 on-road

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


    Media reviews


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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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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the current Ford Kuga to generate a reliability rating. The previous model was pretty much bang-on average in reliability terms.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the Kuga, we’ll publish the score here.

    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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