SATNAV, Leather Upholstery, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Electric Heated Door Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, Electric Front & Rear Windows, 60:40 Folding Rear Seats, Keyless Start/Entry, Heated Front & Rear Windscreens, Euro 6.2 Emissions Certified, Touchscreen Display with Bluetooth Connectivity & DAB Radio, Front & Rear Parking Aids, Auto Headlamps.
Petrol 39.2 combined MPG
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|Badge Engine CC:||1.5|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||EcoBoost 2WD|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||20E|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||92|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||86|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||82|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||73|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||24|
|Service Interval Mileage:||12500|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|EC Combined (mpg):||39.2|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||45.6|
|EC Urban (mpg):||31|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||8.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||7.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||34.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||35.8|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||9.7|
|Engine Power - BHP:||150|
|Engine Power - KW:||110|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||177|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||24.5|
|Engine Torque - NM:||240|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Spare:||SPACE SAVER|
|Wheel Style:||5X2 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||1749|
|Width (including mirrors):||2086|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||60|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1653|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||456|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.1|
Ford's Kuga has sharpened up its act in this third generation guise. Jonathan Crouch checks out the changes.
The Ford Kuga has evolved in this third generation guise into a more credible mid-sized SUV contender that now benefits from an engine range featuring both plug-in and mild hybrid electrified offerings. There's sharper styling, a much nicer cabin and extra technology that segment buyers will like. In short, if you're shopping in this sector, this is still a car you very much need to consider.
Ford's Kuga was one of the first affordable family SUVs to prioritise a decent driving experience. With other rivals now frequently copying that approach, the Blue Oval brand needed to do more to set its contender apart. Hence the changes made to a third generation model that's now been revitalised. The updates made are mainly of the kind you'd expect would be needed for this growing fashion-conscious market - electrified engine tech, smarter looks, extra media connectivity and more sophisticated safety provision. So, will it all be enough to keep this Kuga feeling current in a marketplace crammed with fresh, modern alternatives? It's time to find out.
For years, a Ford Kuga was the mid-sized SUV Crossover that other brands turned to if they were developing a car in this class and wanted it to be good to drive. This MK3 design had to offer drive dynamics that would return this model to a pre-eminent position in its segment - which was quite a brief for the Ford engineers because it also had to be bigger and carry around quite a lot more weighty equipment. Helping them was this third generation Kuga model's adoption of engineering from the planet's best-handling family hatch, the Ford Focus. This SUV shares that car's stiffer, more sophisticated C2 platform and, unlike the Focus, has the advantage that in all its forms, it features proper all-round independent suspension. On top of that, the steering column's twice as stiff as that the previous MK2 Kuga and compared to that old car, there's a 10% gain in torsional stiffness, a 44mm wider track and a 10mm lower centre of gravity. It all sounds quite promising And so it proves. On the road, this car feels like what it is: a slightly larger, slightly taller version of the Focus. The steering isn't perfect in terms of feedback, but it's quick and accurate and much better than the previous model's electrified rack. Push on through the bends and this Ford delivers the kind of confidence you simply wouldn't normally expect a contender in this class to be able to give. You'll want to know about engines because quite a lot's changed beneath the bonnet this time round. Things kick off with a couple of Focus-derived 1.5-litre units, a four cylinder 120PS EcoBlue diesel with manual or auto transmission. Or a manual-only three cylinder EcoBoost petrol powerplant, offered with either 120 or 150PS. Ideally though, you'd stretch to one of the electrified engines Ford really wants you to try in this car; there are several - though all of them are combustion-based. The mild hybrid option ought be the most popular, a 2.0-litre EcoBlue mHEV diesel with 150PS, though was a proposition slightly hobbled at the time of this test by Ford's inability to offer it with either automatic transmission or AWD. For both of those two features in a black pump-fuelled Kuga derivative, you'd have to have the more conventional 2.0-litre EcoBlue 190PS diesel model - which has the largest towing capacity in the range, rated at 2.1-tonnes. Your other route to 4x4 traction in a Kuga is to opt for the self-charging 'HEV' full-hybrid petrol model, which can be had in front-driven or AWD forms and uses a 2.5-litre normally aspirated Duratec engine. This is mated to an electric motor (or in the case of the AWD variant, a pair of electric motors) powered by a 1.1kWh lithium-ion battery that sits at the back of the car. Total power output is 200PS and the front wheels are driven via a power-split CVT belt-driven 6-speed automatic auto transmission. Much the same engineering set-up also features in the top 'PHEV' Plug-in 225PS hybrid variant we tried, though with this front driven-only model, there's a much bigger 14.4kWh battery, facilitating a 35 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range.
This third generation Kuga is a significantly bigger thing than its predecessor. It's 44mm wider and 89mm longer than the outgoing model, while the wheelbase has increased by 20mm. This is thanks to a new C2 platform that allows for a wheelbase increase of 20mm and has allowed this Ford to become one of the bigger SUVs in the mid-sized sector, freeing up space for the brand's new Puma crossover to fit in between this Kuga and Ford's entry-level EcoSport SUV. Inside, the exterior size upgrades translate into 43mm more shoulder room and 5mm more hip room in the front seats than the outgoing model, while rear passengers benefit from 20mm more shoulder room and 36mm more hip room. Despite an overall height that is 20mm lower than the outgoing model, this third generation Kuga also has 13mm more headroom for front seat occupants and 35mm more in the rear. For rear seat passengers, heated outer seats are available for the first time, and the entire second row of seats can be moved backwards for best-in-class 1,035mm rear legroom, or forwards to increase boot space by 67-litres. A remote release function enables the second row to be folded flat with ease. At the wheel, it's much as it would be in a Focus hatch, with the usual 8-inch centre-dash SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen. Upper-spec Kuga variants though, differ from their Focus counterparts in their provision of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Pricing sits in the £24,000 to £38,000 bracket and there are five Kuga trim levels - 'Zetec', 'Titanium', ' ST-Line', 'ST-Line X' and 'Vignale'. Even base 'Zetec' variants are well equipped, coming complete with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 'Quickclear' heated windscreen, an 8-inch SYNC 3 centre dash infotainment screen and a very complete package of camera-driven safety kit. Most buyers will want though, to at least go a step further up the range to 'Titanium'-spec, which gets 18-inch machined alloy wheels, full-LED headlamps, front LED fog lamps, auto headlights and wipers and keyless entry. Inside in a 'Titanium'-spec Kuga, you can expect sports seats with lumbar support, cabin ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control and a B&O Premium audio system. Ford thinks the most popular trim level will be 'ST-Line', which adds a body styling kit, 18-inch 'Rock Metallic' alloy wheels, sports suspension, black roof rails and a large rear spoiler. Inside with an 'ST-Line' variant, you get a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy pedals, 'Sensico' sports seats with red stitching and a full digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster. 'ST-Line X' trim adds 19 inch wheels, a panoramic roof, heated powered front seats and a powered tailgate. And the plush 'Vignale' variant gets full-leather upholstery and special 19-inch 'Luster Nickel' alloy wheels.
Ford has pulled out all the stops to make the latest Kuga more economical than before. Obviously, the ultimate option in this regard is the plug-in hybrid 2.5 Duratec petrol PHEV version, which records an official WLTP fuel figure of 201.8mpg and an WLTP-rated CO2 reading of 32g/km. As you might expect, the 2.5 Duratec HEV self-charging petrol Hybrid model is also pretty frugal. And the 2.0 EcoBlue 150PS mHEV diesel variant is more frugal than most direct rivals, managing WLTP figures of up to 56.5mpg and 132g/km. The conventional 1.5 EcoBlue 120PS diesel is next up, managing up to 55.4mpg (WLTP) and up to 134g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Less impressive is the 1.5 EcoBoost petrol 120PS unit, which manages up to 42.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 152g/km of CO2. The 1.5 EcoBoost petrol 150PS unit manages up to 42.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 151g/km of CO2. As for other stuff you'll need to know, well these days, the three year/60,000 mile Ford warranty looks pretty unremarkable, but in the first year, you do get unlimited mileage UK and European roadside cover and unlimited paint cover. There's also a 12 year unlimited mileage perforation warranty. There's also the 'Ford Service App' that you can download to your phone for free. It lets you locate your nearest dealer to make maintenance bookings, plus as a bonus, the app can help you find petrol stations and even has a 'Park Me' feature that remembers where you left the car, to save hunting for it in busy multi-storeys.
Having in recent years at last got serious about SUVs, Ford has also got serious about this Kuga - as it needed to. The MK1 model was cramped inside. And the subsequent second generation version had fallen behind the best of its rivals in terms of ultimate diesel efficiency, media connectivity, safety spec and visual pizzazz. All that's been put right here. This Kuga certainly needed wider appeal if it was to expand its market share and push itself up-market and this third generation re-design looks to have provided just that. Other crossovers still make more of a style statement in this class, but correctly specified, this Ford now has considerably greater showroom appeal. In summary then, it's clear that the Blue Oval brand now means business when it comes to this class of car. And if you doubt that, then you need to try this one.
By Jonathan Crouch
The Ford Kuga evolved quite a lot in 'C520'-series second generation guise launched in 2012, but ideally as a used buyer, you'd stretch to the facelifted version of this design launched in 2016. In this improved form, this Kuga became a more credible contender that'll be equally attractive both to Qashqai-class Crossover customers and RAV4-style soft roading SUV buyers. Compared to the original version of this MK2 model, this enhanced car features sharper styling, a much nicer cabin and extra technology that segment buyers will like. In short, if you're shopping for a mid-sized SUV in this sector, this is a car you very much need to consider.
5dr SUV (1.5T EcoBoost - 120,150 & 182PS / 1.5 TDCI - 120PS / 2.0 TDCi 150PS, 180PS [Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X, ST-Line, Vignale])
The Kuga was a mid-sized SUV first launched by Ford in 2008, then introduced in second generation 'C520'-series guise in 2012, a car which was further enhanced in 2016 to create the model we're looking at here. The updates made here were mainly of the kind you'd expect would be needed for this growing fashion-conscious market - smarter looks, extra media connectivity and more sophisticated safety provision. The engineering changes made in 2016 were limited to the sportier suspension set-up provided with a new mid-range ST-Line trim level and the addition of a fresh 1.5-litre entry-level diesel engine. There was also a fresh flagship Vignale specification available at the top of the range, creating luxurious variants that Ford rather optimistically hoped will appeal to buyers who might be considering a car of this kind from one of the German premium brands. The Kuga sold in this form until Spring 2020, when a new third generation design was launched.
You can see why facelift styling updates are necessary. Take a look at the original version of this second generation Kuga, produced between 2012 and 2015. It's a bit bland compared to this revised version. And being 'bland' is an inexcusable fault in today's highly fashion-conscious Crossover segment. What didn't change as part of the MK2 Kuga update package was the way that this Ford remained a global car in every sense, the chassis built in Cologne, the powertrain in Dagenham and the upper body and interior in Detroit, with final assembly for this Kuga in Valencia, Spain. Up front, the bolder nose section follows the styling direction set by the brand's larger Edge model, dominated by a large trapezoidal grille, the final finish of which varies depending on the trim level you've decided upon. High-set headlamps with smart LED daytime running light strips flank this opening and original buyers could upgrade the main lights to include a Bi-Xenon 'Adaptive Front Lighting System'. And at the wheel? Well it's something of a masterclass in demonstrating just how much you can change the both the feel and the general ergonomics of an automotive interior without altering its basic design one jot. Come to this car from the original second generation model and you're going to wonder where all the buttons have gone. A proper infotainment touchscreen set-up can get rid of much of that kind of clutter - as it did here. Someone familiar with the pre-facelift (2012-2015-era) version of this Ford will also notice that in this updated design, there's more storage space in the lower centre console area, extra stowage areas freed up by the installation of an electronic handbrake. In the back, the central transmission tunnel's usefully low and it's important to note that there's as much room for legs, knees and heads as in the best of this Kuga's rivals from this period. This bench can't feature Volkswagen Tiguan-like sliding functionality, but the backrest does recline for greater comfort on longer journeys and the optional Panorama roof gave this part of the interior a light and airy feel. Once the restyled hatch is raised, a 456-litre boot is revealed.
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In our owner survey, we came across plenty of owners who loved their Kugas. Inevitably, though, there were a few buyers who'd had problems. We've had some reports of the car going into 'limp home' mode for no obvious reason. And occasional problems with the air conditioning and the navigation system, plus there was an issue in a couple of cases with the radio losing signal. A known problem is water leaking to the driver's side front foot well; apparently, this is caused by a water outlet pipe in the air conditioning being blocked. One owner also reported a leak in his car's roof above the rear passenger driver's side seat. One owner had an oil cooler fault which led to oil leaking out and the need for a new engine. And another reported an intermittent tapping noise from behind the dashboard. We came across reports of a creaking driver's door, a sticking power tailgate, sticking door locks and a faulty handbrake. Look out for all these things, as well as the usual signs of unwise off road use. Check the seat folding mechanism. Otherwise, just look out for kerbed alloy wheels, check for signs of interior child damage and of course insist on a fully stamped-up service history.
(approx based on a 2016 Kuga 2.0 TDCi ex vat): Front brake pads are between £30 and £54, though you can pay in the £95 bracket for pricier brands. Rear pads are in the £18-£42 bracket. Front brake discs will cost in the £73 to £160 bracket. Rear discs are in the £44-£78 bracket. Air filters sell in the £10 to £14 bracket. A wiper blade costs in the £10 to £14 bracket. A water pump will cost you around £38 to £66 to replace. A radiator is just under £160. Rear shock absorbers are around £16 (but you can pay up to around £112 for a pricier brand). And a thermostat is around £63. A headlight is in the £210-£272 bracket. And a tail lamp is in the £81-£127 bracket.
The Kuga has long been one of the better SUV Crossover models to drive and this improved second generation model maintained that tradition. Even without the firmer suspension set-up that you get on 'ST-Line' models, body control is better regulated than it is on most other segment rivals we've tried from this period. Plus the well-weighted power steering and electronic aids like 'Curve Control' and a torque vectoring system for extra cornering grip all add to the confidence you feel behind the wheel. Opt for a model fitted with Ford's 'Intelligent AWD' set-up and you can carry that peace of mind forward into really slippery conditions, this being one of those 4x4 packages that continually monitors your driving environment, optimising traction to direct power between the wheels as required. You'll want to know about engines, most of which were carried over from the original version of this second generation model. The one unit that was new was the 1.5-litre TDCi entry-level diesel powerplant, though its 120PS output means that performance is relatively modest. Most will want to opt for the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel, which in volume 150PS guise gives you the option of manual transmission with front wheel drive - or, a 4x4 auto variant. Stick with 2WD and a stick shift and it'll return 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 122g/km. Choose this 2.0-litre diesel in pokier 180PS guise and it only comes with AWD. The relatively few Kuga buyers likely to want petrol power are offered a 1.5T EcoBoost unit, available with either 120, 150 or 182PS. The lesser two variants are provided only with manual transmission and front wheel drive, but the 182PS model comes only in 4x4 auto guise.
Having in recent years at last got serious about SUVs, Ford has also got serious about this Kuga back in 2016 - as it needed to. The MK1 model was cramped inside. And by the time of its facelift, this second generation version had fallen behind the best of its rivals in terms of ultimate diesel efficiency, media connectivity, safety spec and visual pizzazz. All that was put right here. A number of commentators - ourselves included - had also bemoaned the fact that the original version of this MK2 model didn't feel quite as sharp to drive as its predecessor. With the launch of involving contenders like SEAT's Ateca into this sector, that'd become an issue - and Ford resolved it by offering more firmly-suspended 'ST-Line' variants that kept this car competitive against that Spanish upstart when the road gets twisty. All of which leaves us.. well where? Overall, we came away rating this improved MK2 Kuga as a very good all-rounder. True, if you're shopping in this segment, off piste ability is likely to be pretty low on your list of priorities, but if you want at least some mud-plugging and towing ability, this Ford has the potential to provide more of it than most of its fashionable rivals from this era can manage. And it can do that while making its own Sloane Street statement and beating most of them when it comes to drive dynamics.
Mr S Norman - 17/01/20, owner of a Ford KUGA Titanium X 4X2 Tdci
User rating: 4.5/5
Ms Y McLeod - 13/02/20, owner of a Ford Kuga Titanium X Tdci 4X4
User rating: 5/5
Mr M Fisher - 26/04/20, owner of a Ford Kuga Titanium Tdci 4X4 Auto
User rating: 5/5
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