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Ford has been at the forefront of family motoring in the UK for decades. The brand’s popularity has suffered with competition from all sides in recent years, but it has bounced back with new models incorporating hybrid engine technology, which has contributed to lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy.

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Ford hybrid range: current models

Ford currently has four models in its line-up with variants powered by forms of hybrid engine.

Ford Puma

The Ford Puma looks the part, is good to drive and comes with a sizable boot. Other SUVs are more comfortable and provide better visibility, but the Puma’s use of Ford’s mild-hybrid engine reduces emissions and improves fuel economy.

Ford Kuga

A spacious, practical family SUV, the Ford Kuga is great to drive, while there’s a choice of two ‘proper’ hybrids - self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid set-ups - to help reduce emissions and fuel consumption. However, you can find nicer cabins and better infotainment systems in some of the Kuga’s alternatives.

Ford Galaxy

The Ford Galaxy isn’t the most exciting seven-seater car out on the market, but it’s affordable, very practical, pretty good to drive and returns decent economy, thanks to its 2.5 self-charging hybrid engine.

Ford S-Max

The Ford S-Max is one of the very best-looking MPVs and one of the best to drive, with the 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid engine returning low emissions and 44mpg.

Ford hybrid FAQs

There’s only one model in the Ford range with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engine – the Kuga. Plug-in hybrids combine a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) with a battery-powered electric motor. They’re efficient, achieving improved fuel economy and noticeably lower CO2 emissions than non-hybrid engines.
One customer satisfaction survey found the Ford Kuga to be one of the less reliable hybrids – although a rating of 82.7% doesn’t sound terrible. Battery issues were the main concern, with other areas of complaint including air-con, engine and various electrical systems. There are no reports of major issues with the mild or self-charging hybrids, so cars fitted with them are at least as reliable as ICE Fords.
Ford uses three types of hybrid powertrains in its cars: mild, self-charging and plug-in. A mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) uses a battery-powered electric motor to support a conventional petrol or diesel engine to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. They don't charge from an external power source and are not capable of electric-only driving, so a very low-level efficiency gain.

Self-charging hybrids combine a hybrid battery with a conventional combustion engine to boost power and improve efficiency. Self-charging hybrid vehicles have less all-electric range than plug-in hybrids, but are still capable of driving short distances on electric-only power at lower speeds. 

As with all hybrids, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) combines a conventional engine with a battery-powered electric motor. PHEVs are capable of short electric-only journeys and can be charged at home, using a wallbox, or at some public chargepoints.

All hybrid Fords are equipped with lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs. Battery capacity will degrade over time and with use, as part of its normal wear and tear, but Ford’s battery warranty covers it against excessive capacity loss for a period of up to eight years or 100,000 miles (whichever occurs first). That said, we’re still in the relatively early days of car electrification, so chances are that we’ll find batteries can last a lot longer than the warranty cover.
With production of the Ford Fiesta having come to an end, the smallest new hybrid car in the Ford range that’s available to order is the Puma, with prices starting at around £25,000. At the other end of the scale, the Ford Galaxy is the most expensive car with a hybrid engine, with prices starting at over £40,000.