In-depth Reviews

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

Used car deals
MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.0 out of 5

Considering its size and all the equipment you get, the price of a Kuga Zetec looks quite reasonable. With the entry-level engine, the Zetec will work out at just over £300 per month after a 10% deposit - about £50 a month less than an equivalent Volkswagen Tiguan. The PHEV is much more expensive on PCP finance but you’ll be able to save money on fuel if you keep the battery topped up and mainly drive short distances.

There won’t be a Kuga model that’s particularly expensive to run - costs shouldn’t be too far off the Ford Focus hatchback. All but the most powerful diesel return over 50mpg, and Ford offers mild-hybrid (mHEV) assistance for some of the engines and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model, which are both firsts for the Kuga.

Ford Kuga MPG & CO2

Ford still has faith in diesel power, despite a fall in sales. In the Kuga there are 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. The mild-hybrid engine returns 56.5mpg and is expected to be popular with higher-mileage drivers, while the smaller diesel offers 55.4mpg with the manual gearbox (52.3mpg with the automatic) and the 187bhp engine can manage up to 47.9mpg. It’s the only model with four-wheel drive, so that figure isn’t too bad.

The two petrol engines both return 42mpg, so won’t be too costly to run for low-mileage drivers. 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 26g/km CO2 emissions figure means a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate of just 12% from April 2020. That compares to a 30% BiK rate for most petrols and 30-32% for the front-wheel-drive diesels. VED tax costs £150 for petrol and diesel models, while the PHEV qualifies for a £10 annual discount.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups haven’t been confirmed yet but it shouldn’t be too expensive to insure a Kuga. The previous model occupied groups 14-26 (out of 50), while the Skoda Karoq starts in group 10 and the Peugeot 3008 spans groups 11-24. With its higher power output and pricetag, the plug-in hybrid model may be a little costlier to insure.


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.


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

Most Popular

New 2020 Kia Stonic SUV: prices and specs
2020 Kia Stonic - front 3/4 view dynamic
Kia Stonic
7 Oct 2020

New 2020 Kia Stonic SUV: prices and specs

Updated Peugeot 5008 starts at £29,585
Peugeot 5008 SUV
9 Oct 2020

Updated Peugeot 5008 starts at £29,585

Cupra Formentor SUV review
Cupra Formentor SUV front 3/4 cornering
Cupra Formentor
13 Oct 2020

Cupra Formentor SUV review