Light up the road with Automatic Xenon Headlights, plus this Kuga is fitted with Front Heated Seats, Power Tailgate, Panoramic Sunroof, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, One-Touch Electric Windows, Dual Zone Climate Control and a CD / DAB Radio with USB and AUX in. Qualifies for Warranty4Life*
Petrol 36.7 combined MPG
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'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets, Electric front and rear windows + one touch + global open/closing, Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Tailgate wash/wipe
ABS/EBD, Electric traction assist system, ESP+EBA, Hill start assist
Ford SYNC Bluetooth connection with voice control and USB port
'Ford Power' starter button, Power tailgate
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Electrically heated door mirrors
8 speakers, Auxiliary socket for external device, Remote audio controls on steering wheel
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Body colour rear spoiler, Panoramic opening glass sunroof, Scuff plates
Automatic headlights, Bi-Xenon headlights and headlight washers, Front fog lights, LED daytime running lights
2nd row air vents, Dual electronic automatic temperature control
4 spoke leather steering wheel with silver accents, Auxiliary power socket in luggage area, Centre console with stowage tray/bottle holder/CD stowage/front and rear 12V power point, Folding rear centre armrest with storage compartment + cupholders, Leather gearknob, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Stowage unit in upper instrument panel, Tie down hooks, Tonneau cover
Footwell courtesy lights front and rear, Front overhead courtesy lights with theatre style dimming and delay, Front/rear reading lights, Variable intensity instrument illumination
3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats, Driver and passenger airbags, Driver and passenger side airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Intelligent Protection System (IPS), Tyre pressure monitoring system
10 way electric power adjustable drivers seat, 2nd row seat back tables, 60/40 split/folding rear back and cushion, Driver/front passenger manual lumbar adjust, Driver/passenger front seatback pockets, Driver/passenger seats fore/aft adjustment, Front head restraints, Heated front seats, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Manual height adjustable front seats, Rear head restraints, Sports style front seats
Immobiliser, Locking wheel nuts, Remote central locking, Thatcham Cat 1 volume sensing perimeter alarm
Wheels - Spare
Mini steel spare wheel
|Badge Engine CC:||1.6|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||EcoBoost 180|
|Coin Series:||Titanium X|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||23E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||1|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||94|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||86|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||70|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||100|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||12500|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||120|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||125000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||72|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 5|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||79|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||81.4|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||36.7|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||44.8|
|EC Urban (mpg):||27.1|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||9.7|
|Engine Power - BHP:||180|
|Engine Power - KW:||132|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||5700|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||177|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||24.5|
|Engine Torque - NM:||240|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1600|
|Tyre Size Front:||235/50 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||235/50 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||SPACE SAVER|
|Wheel Style:||5X2 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||1703|
|Width (including mirrors):||2077|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||60|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2250|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1603|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||406|
|Max. Loading Weight:||568|
|Max. Roof Load:||76|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1300|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11|
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 ANDY ENRIGHT
So you like the idea of a smart SUV but don't want to put up with the bulk? That always used to mean you were faced with some rather unpalatable choices, especially if you wanted a vehicle that rode fairly well on road. Ford's Kuga did much to change that when it first appeared in 2008. Here was a sassy looking but manageably-sized thing that was well equipped, priced well and drove extremely well. No wonder it sold well. It was facelifted in 2010 and here's what to look for when shopping for a used example of one of these revised first generation models.
MODELS COVERED: five-door compact SUV - (2.5 petrol, 2.0 diesel [Zetec,Titanium,Titanium X] )
Ford was uncharacteristically half-hearted in its entry to the SUV market. Where its rivals had realised that British buyers would love something like a Land Rover Freelander but at lower prices, the Blue Oval didn't really commit, offering us the Maverick from 1993, basically a roughly rebadged Nissan Terrano, following it with the 4.0-litre petrol Explorer from the US and then petrol-engined second generation Maverick, itself a rebadged Mazda Tribute. So for fully fifteen years, Ford missed the boat, selling us cars that were never really designed for the European market and which always looked third rate at best compared to rivals like the Freelander, the Nissan X-Trail, the Toyota RAV4 and so on. That changed with the introduction of the Kuga. Here was something fresh and smart. It sold well too. Maybe not as well as Ford had hoped as they were fighting from a virtual stationary point against rivals with a huge head start, but the first generation model shifted over 45,000 units in the UK until the second generation model appeared in 2013. In order to sustain these sales, the Kuga needed to be kept relevant. By 2010, with an army of new rivals launched against it, the Kuga needed a refresh, with more powerful, fuel efficient engines needed to complement the 2WD and petrol options Ford had introduced since the original version's launch. So equipped, a car that was already pretty in tune with its times earned an extra lease of life. As the crossover market expanded, the Kuga more than held its own.
Whichever Kuga variant you order, from the 2WD 2.0-litre TDCi 140 through 4WD models with 140 or 163PS power, plus the minority interest 2.5-litre 200PS petrol version, you should find it to be decently equipped. All come equipped with alloy wheels, air conditioning, an MP3 and iPod-compatible CD stereo, heated power door mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and front foglights. There's plenty on the options list though, including a neat 230-volt connector which enables things like laptops to be used in the back seats. Plus of course the 6-speed Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission. Safety-wise, there are the usual six airbags, stability control, the latest electronic braking and traction control systems and a steering wheel designed to move sideways away from the driver in a high speed frontal crash. As for the cabin, the news that this car is 6mm longer, 3mm wider and a substantial 250mm higher than a Focus might understandably lead you to expect more space than is actually on offer. Legroom in the rear is a little tight for bigger people and three adults across the back seat will be a bit of a squash, though two should be quite comfortable, provided they're not of basketball-playing height. Out back, the 360-litre boot is actually smaller than a Focus's, though it does regain an advantage when you push forward the split-folding rear seats to liberate 1355-litres of fresh air. It's certainly a very accessible space too, with a separately-opening rear screen that makes it easy to load in small items, plus under-seat storage in the second row and an under-boot floor compartment.
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The Kuga has a clean record so far as serious problems are concerned so you can buy with relative confidence. Although Kuga interiors are well constructed, check for the usual damage wrought by children and negotiate hard. The silver-coated plastics can scratch easily, so make sure the previous owner wasn't too big on the jingle-jangle jewellery. Mechanically, the Kuga is tough but clutches can take a beating in lower-powered versions, especially if you can spot evidence of a tow bar being fitted. Front tyre wear is also an issue with the relatively weighty diesel engines.
(Estimated prices, based on a 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec (inc VAT) A clutch assembly is around £130, an exhaust system around £800 (incl. catalytic converter) and an exchange alternator around £320. Front brake pads are around £50, front shock absorbers are about £45 and rears just under £35.
Just after the turn of the century, after years of bringing over US-market SUVs that simply weren't suited to the more dynamic driving experience demanded by the European market, someone at Ford finally realised that a different approach was called for. What might be created, they wondered, if the platform of a Focus family hatchback were to be slightly enlarged to carry a taller, SUV-style body? Yet one still benefitting from the Focus's class-leading multi-link rear suspension and enhanced by the extra on-demand grip from Haldex clutch-controlled drive to the rear wheels. This Kuga was their answer. Years after its introduction, rival Qashqai-class Crossover models still haven't caught up with the quality of its roadgoing experience - and RAV4 or Freelander-type soft roader compact 4x4 alternatives are way behind. The reasons why are mainly due to the excellence of this design's Focus underpinnings that contribute to standards of steering, ride and body control never before seen in this class of car. Not that it can completely cheat the laws of physics of course. The fact that it's a quarter of a tonne heavier and a quarter of a metre higher than its family hatch stablemate is clearly apparent once you start to throw the thing around - though to be fair, not until. Still, no Focus is going to be much use on the kind of rutted, muddy farmtrack this Kuga will take in its stride thanks to its extra ground clearance and Haldex clutch-based all-wheel drive system. This normally turns the front wheels but can automatically divert up to 50% of the engine's output rearwards if lack of traction requires it. It's a process that's completely seamless - no fiddly knobs, buttons or levers to manipulate - and offers welcome peace of mind on the wet or icy mornings that characterise this car's preferred tarmac habitat. You shouldn't, after all, be fooled by the front skidplate and tall SUV stance: this is no serious off roader. Tarmac types made it pretty clear to Ford that they were looking for more performance than the original 134bhp TDCi diesel variants were able to offer. The Blue Oval's response was initially a little half-hearted: a 200PS 2.5-litre petrol version that almost no one in the target market could afford to run and a 2WD variant that shed a bit of weight but lost a lot of the peace of mind capability that created Kuga customers in the first place. Mid-2010 though, saw a package of engine revisions much better suited to customer needs. Mainstream models got a cleaner, pokier 140PS version of the 2.0 TDCi diesel engine, with a 163PS derivative of the same unit now also added to enable Ford to take on the fastest of its rivals, with sixty from rest possible in 9.3s on the way to 121mph. Both units are offered with the option of Ford's clever 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, one of those hi-tech systems that engages the next gear before you've even left the last one for smooth, seamless progress.
This generation Ford Kuga might have been replaced in 2013, but you only have to look at the latest version to see why Ford's designers were so keen to keep the look and feel of its predecessor. This 2010-2013 model makes a great used buy. Yes, it's not without its faults. Ground clearance is limited if you want to go off road and there are many larger rivals for less money, but as long as you don't plan on serious mud-plugging or need loads of leg room in the back, the Kuga barely puts a foot wrong and its reliability record speaks for itself. For the price of a modern supermini, you can get yourself behind the wheel of a low mileage SUV that will look smart for years to come. Some decisions really aren't that tough, are they?
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