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Ford Kuga review - Reliability & safety

The Kuga has a full five-star safety score, but Ford’s overall customer satisfaction rating is poor

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The old Kuga was pretty durable, although it always seemed to lack the reputation for reliability held by its Japanese rivals. The third-generation Kuga did place a decent 15th out of 75 models in our 2024 Driver Power survey though, with owners praising Ford’s easy-to-use navigation system and the car’s effective brakes. In contrast, Ford itself came a meagre 28th out of 32 brands in our manufacturer list. Owners slated the brand’s car’s build quality and practicality but gave credit to its range of punchy engines.

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Independent testers Euro NCAP put the Kuga through its paces before it even went on sale, and it passed with flying colours. Receiving a five-star score, the Kuga scored 92% for adult safety, 86% for child safety, 82% for pedestrian protection and 73% for the array of safety kit on board.

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Standard safety features include lane-keeping assist, hill-start assist, autonomous emergency braking and an automatic speed limiter. A Driver's Assistance pack costs £1,000 and adds kit such as blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and front and rear cameras.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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