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Ford Kuga SUV - Reliability & safety

The Ford Kuga has a full five-star safety score but reliability is unknown

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The old Kuga was thought to be durable, although it always lacked the reputation for reliability held by its Japanese rivals. This latest model could buck that trend, scoring well in our latest Driver Power survey. It shares its powertrains with the Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo, with Ford hoping it will improve their reliability rankings. 

Like other models in the range, Ford has fitted the latest Kuga a vast array of standard safety technology, earning it a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. 

Ford Kuga reliability

The Ford Kuga came an impressive 19th out of the top 75 models in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. That's a great result, and owners gave it a solid score for reliability and build quality, along with excellent ratings for how it drives, comfort and its infotainment system. However, Ford itself came a meagre 25th out of 29 brands in our manufacturer list. With the new Focus, Puma and Kuga now all on sale, we expect Ford to climb up the rankings in the next couple of years.

Safety

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.

Standard safety features include lane-keeping assist, hill-start assist, auto emergency braking and intelligent speed assist. A Driver 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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