Ford Kuga Review

The Ford Kuga is a spacious, practical family SUV with the choice of three different economical hybrid versions.

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Ford Kuga Review

The Ford Kuga is a spacious, practical family SUV with the choice of three different economical hybrid versions.

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The Ford Kuga is a sleek family SUV which shares a lot of its parts with the Ford Focus – the resemblance is clear to see in these pictures. You get the same smart grille, piercing headlights and curves on the side of the car – all of which make the bulky Kuga look like a Focus that’s had one too many pies. 

Basic Titanium models make to do with relatively small 17-inch wheels, but they grow to 18-inches in Vignale versions and 19-inches in sporty ST Line cars.

The 2020 Ford Kuga’s similarities to the Focus continue inside, where you get the same eight-inch infotainment screen popped on top of the dash and the same clean design with conventional buttons reserved for the stereo and heater controls. 

The new Kuga is longer, wider and has a bigger wheelbase than the car it replaces. As a result, upfront Ford claims the new model offers more shoulder room and more hip room than the car it replaces, while in the back it’s bigger in the same places.

Ford also claims your rear passengers get class-leading knee room, the backbench slides forwards and backwards to balance between legroom and boot space, and you can have the outer seats heated.

Amongst other family SUVs, the previous Ford Kuga was a good looking car. Now, though, it’s even more distinctive to look at and its engine choices are bang up to date.

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In terms of boot capacity, Ford has yet to reveal a figure, but expect it to be roomier than the current model’s 406-litre boot.

There are no fewer than three hybrid models to choose from. They are led by the Kuga PHEV (plug-in hybrid). It uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that is boosted by an electric motor to provide 225hp and spectacular fuel economy of up to 235mpg, though you’ll only get close to that figure on short journeys. 

It’s an ideal SUV to consider if you live in a city like London, because its low CO2 emissions mean it’s exempt from paying charges like the capital’s Congestion Charge. It can also drive for more than 30-miles on electricity alone – slashing your fuel costs if you have a short commute.

The same setup can also be had in self-charging hybrid form. Ideal if you have nowhere to charge a car, it’ll return fuel economy of up to 50mpg and you’ll be able to choose from front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

Last in this trio of hybrids is the mild-hybrid EcoBlue diesel. It uses a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine that’s combined with a 48v power supply and a large starter motor, which can provide additional thrust when setting off to help save fuel. As a result, it can return fuel economy of up to 56.5mpg. 

But, you can still have your Kuga with a choice of four conventional diesels and petrols. They include a front-wheel-drive 120hp 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel and a four-wheel-drive 190hp 2.0-litre diesel. They return between 50 and 60mpg and can be ordered with an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

Both 1.5-litre petrols are front-wheel drive and have a six-speed manual gearbox. They produce either 120 or 150hp and get fuel economy of just over 40mpg.

We’ll have more on the way the new Ford Kuga drives once we’ve been behind the wheel. For now, check out our price and specs story for all the info we have. 

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