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Ford Kuga SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Ford Kuga has economical engines and maintenance costs should be very competitive

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.0 out of 5

The sole petrol engine can return up to 42.6mpg, so won’t be too costly to run for low-mileage drivers. The hybrid model can return up to 52.3mpg. Provided you keep the battery topped up and drive mostly on electric power, the 2.5-litre PHEV model could offer the best economy; Ford says up to 201.8mpg is possible, but we’d recommend taking that with a pinch of salt. On longer journeys when the petrol engine will be the main power source, you’ll likely get an MPG figure in the mid-forties.

Perhaps more relevant is its claimed 35-mile electric range, as it will allow many commuters and families to complete their daily journeys without using a drop of fuel if the battery is fully charged. The PHEV will also appeal to business drivers, as its 32g/km CO2 emissions figure means a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) low tax liability. VED (tax) costs the standard rate for petrol and diesel models, while the hybrids qualify for a £10 annual discount.

A fall in sales means diesel engines were removed from the line-up in late 2021. In the Kuga there were three to choose from: a 118bhp 1.5-litre, a 148bhp 2.0-litre with mild-hybrid assistance and a 187bhp version of the 2.0-litre, which goes without the mild-hybrid tech. These can still make good buys on the used market, and the mild-hybrid engine returns up to 57.6mpg. making it popular with higher-mileage drivers. The smaller diesel offers up to 60.1mpg with the manual gearbox (53.3mpg with the automatic) and the 187bhp engine can manage up to 49.6mpg. It was the only version with four-wheel drive, so that figure isn’t too bad.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups cover a relatively wide spread in the Kuga range but it shouldn’t be too expensive to insure.The entry-level petrol model sits in group 10, while the lower-powered diesel is in group 12. The range moves up to the most expensive PHEV model, which is in group 21. 

For comparison, the Skoda Karoq starts in group 10 and the Peugeot 3008 spans groups 11-24. 

Servicing

Ford has the largest dealer network in the UK, with a garage in most towns, and servicing doesn’t tend to be too expensive. Your dealer will be able to advise on service plans, which will cover a couple of services for an upfront fee or monthly payments.

Warranty

Like all new Ford cars, the Kuga features a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. That’s about average, but the Hyundai Tucson has a five-year warranty, the Kia Sportage and MG HS offer an impressive seven years of cover and the Toyota RAV4 has a class-leading 10-year warranty.

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