Review

Ford Kuga SUV

Price  £20,995 - £33,530

Ford Kuga SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Good value and well equipped
  • Economical diesel engines
  • Spacious interior
Cons
  • Too many buttons inside
  • Inferior automatic gearboxes
  • Not as much fun as Mazda CX-5

At a glance

The greenest
Titanium 2.0TDCi 150PS FWD 5dr £24,345
The cheapest
Zetec 1.5T EcoBoost 150PS FWD 5dr £20,995
The fastest
Titanium 2.0TDCi 180PS AWD 5dr £26,345
Top of the range
Titanium X Sport 2.0TDCi 180PS AWD Pwrs 5dr £33,530

"Bigger, cleaner and better value than before, the Ford Kuga is a solid option for SUV buyers."

The first Ford Kuga became the model of choice for those looking for a sporty, stylish small SUV. This second-generation Kuga is much more conservatively styled, as it's designed to appeal to a global customer base.

What hasn't changed is the car's emphasis on handling rather than off-road ability, although top-of-the-range models come as standard with four-wheel drive. Ford's knack for building cars that are good to drive is evident in the Kuga and it feels more like a conventional car on the road than models such as the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Despite being more fun to drive than many of its rivals, the Ford Kuga is comfortable and irons out bumps in the road very well. There's a diesel and a petrol engine available - both with two different power outputs.

The petrol is a 1.5-litre engine that develops either 148 or 180bhp. Despite the engine's small size, performance is good. Both versions have a 9.7-second 0-62mph time, because the more powerful model is only available with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Both models will seem pricey to run if you're used to the fuel economy of a diesel. That's particularly true of the automatic, which'll struggle to better 35mpg.

The 2.0-litre diesel is a more compelling engine, as it's capable of more than 50mpg. The running-costs champion is the 148bhp version with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, which can return 60mpg.

The Ford has plenty of room inside for five adults and although there's no seven-seat option, the rear seats recline a few degrees to boost comfort.

The model range includes Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X, Titanium Sport and Titanium X Sport trim levels.

Even the Zetec comes with a healthy amount of standard equipment for a car of this price, including keyless start, alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, air-conditioning, cruise control and Ford's 'Quickclear' heated windscreen. You’ll have to look further up the range for standard sat nav, but it's available as one of the Kuga's many competitively priced options.

Our recommendation is the Titanium model, because it represents the best balance of price and equipment. Here, you'll find part-leather trim, automatic lights and wipers and dual-zone climate control.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

2.8 / 5

The Ford Kuga’s petrol engine is even more efficient than the old one, but the diesels are still our pick

Engines, drive & performance

3.7 / 5

There is no longers so much clear air between the Ford Kuga and rivals when it comes to driver enjoyment

Interior & comfort

3 / 5

The Ford Kuga is stylish inside and comes with plenty of equipment

Practicality & boot space

3.3 / 5

The Ford Kuga has been stretched to offer more passenger space and a bigger boot

Reliability & safety

3.3 / 5

The Ford Kuga turned in a good performance in our Driver Power 2014 customer satisfaction survey

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 1 review
4 / 5
"Ford has listened to customers and answered the few complaints they had with the old Kuga. And the new 4x4 is now a much better all-rounder as a result. It's much more spacious inside and easier to live with – but it's still great to drive and good looking. New features such a the automatic tailgate and Ford's SYNC system are welcome additions too, leaving the potentially steep price for top spec models as our only reservation. Apart from that, this is a great compact SUV."
What owners say 
4.2504201680672
4.3 /5 based on 119 reviews
71%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
31 Mar 2015
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