Ford Kuga SUV (2012-2020) - Reliability & safety

The Ford Kuga is a very safe car, although reliability is more of a concern

Carbuyer Rating

2.8 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

2.5 out of 5

The Ford Kuga came 34th out of the 100 cars rated by owners in our 2019 Driver Power satisfaction survey. In previous years it’s performed a little better, probably because it was newer, but this is still impressive and it happens to be the highest ranking Ford in the survey.

The Kuga also has seriously impressive safety credentials: not only did it gain the full five stars in its Euro NCAP safety assessments, but it’s one of a small (but growing) number of cars to have scored 100% for its safety assistance technology.

Ford Kuga reliability

The Kuga finished 34th out of 100 models assessed in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. It came 32nd in 2018 and 14th in 2017,- but 34th is still a good result.

Ford as a brand didn’t fare so well, coming 23rd out 30 manufacturers. Owners biggest complaints were the exterior styling of their Fords, build quality, practicality and space and interior and comfort. These scores are quite lacklustre across a number of areas but it does seem Ford have got it right with the Kuga.

When it came to reliability, just 13.1% of Ford owners reported faults in the first year of ownership. These are remarkable statistics when you consider Ford's lacklustre overall performance in the survey.

Safety

The Ford Kuga offers excellent crash protection and it received the maximum five-star rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. All Kugas come with skid-preventing electronic stability control, numerous airbags, a seatbelt warning buzzer for every seat and cruise control with a speed limiter.

Ford's well priced options list comes up trumps for safety by offering a Driver Assistance Pack for around £1,100. That includes autonomous braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition (which displays roadside information on the dashboard), blind-spot warning system, auto-dipping headlights and a driver-alert system that can detect if you're nodding off and suggest you take a break.

Have You Considered

Hyundai Bayon SUV review
Hyundai Bayon SUV
Hyundai Bayon SUV
16 Apr 2021

Hyundai Bayon SUV review

Vauxhall Mokka SUV review
2021 Vauxhall Mokka - front 3/4 dynamic
Vauxhall Mokka
6 Apr 2021

Vauxhall Mokka SUV review

Most Popular

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

New Mercedes EQS electric saloon unveiled
2021 Mercedes EQS front 3/4 tracking
Mercedes
15 Apr 2021

New Mercedes EQS electric saloon unveiled

Best new car deals 2021
Skoda Fabia
Deals
16 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks