The facelifted Ford Kuga is here with a sophisticated new look

Ford’s family SUV is overhauled for 2024, with a new rugged Active model joining the ranks

  • Redesigned front fascia
  • Larger infotainment screen
  • New off-road-inspired Active model

Ford has unveiled the facelifted Ford Kuga, complete with a refreshed exterior and updates to the interior. As one of the UK’s favourite family cars, the Ford Kuga sits in the ever-competitive mid-size SUV class, facing off against rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson.  

The facelifted Ford Kuga may be new to us in the UK, but it's actually been on sale since 2023 in its home market of the US, under the ‘Escape’ model name. Now that it’s found its way to our shores, Kuga buyers can expect a host of improved engine options and Ford’s latest interior tech, all packaged under a refined exterior design.

What’s new for the facelifted Ford Kuga?

If you’re familiar with the current-generation Ford Kuga, then you’ll spot the changes Ford has made to the exterior design. Up front, there’s a pair of new LED headlights  – adaptive Dynamic Pixel LED items are optional – and a new grille, with a bigger Ford badge sitting proudly in its centre. An LED lightbar spans the width of the front grille, flowing into the daytime running lights, and the tail lights are new too.

New to the Kuga range is the Active model, bringing a rugged, off-road-focused appearance to the mid-size SUV. It gets unique bumpers with skid plates, along with a choice of 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels and a matte wood-effect trim finish on the inside. Opt for the pricier Active X Series model, and you’ll get a black contrasting roof and black wing mirrors.

The Active model isn’t all just for show, however. The tough appearance is backed up by an increase in ride height for additional ground clearance, as well as a new Trail Drive Mode, designed to improve traction in off-road scenarios.

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The Kuga Active is joined by ST-Line and Titanium models, the latter swapping ruggedness for sophistication, with chrome trim used on the bumpers and window surrounds. ST-Line leans into a sportier look, with body-coloured lower bumpers complemented by a discreet front spoiler. Red brake callipers complete the performance-inspired look, but they’re exclusive to the ST-Line X model.

Desert Island blue and Bursting Green join the existing colour palette, and there are five new alloy wheel designs to choose from.

What’s changed inside the facelifted Ford Kuga?

The basic architecture of the interior remains the same, but drivers will notice a new 13.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, complete with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some of the physical controls have been relocated to this screen, such as the heating and ventilation controls, but they can also be controlled via Alexa-integrated voice commands. The 12.3-inch digital driver’s display fitted to top-spec models of the outgoing Kuga is now included as standard across the range.

What engine options are available for the facelifted Kuga? 

Ford has retained the same engine lineup for the facelifted Kuga, giving buyers a choice between an Ecoboost petrol engine, a full hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Ecoboost remains unchanged, but both hybrid models get an upgraded electric motor that Ford claims will provide improved performance and towing capacity.

How much will the facelifted Kuga cost and when can I order one?

Ford hasn’t announced pricing yet for the new Kuga, but a marginal price increase over the outgoing model isn’t unexpected, and it starts from £33,380. Order books should open within the coming weeks.

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