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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

  • Fun to drive
  • Diesels good for towing
  • Generous standard equipment

  • Drab interior
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Average boot space

CO2 emissions

136 - 209 g/km

First year road tax

£515 - £1,240

The Ford Kuga is an SUV that is surprisingly fun to drive for a large car. Trouble is, it doesn’t have the acres of passenger space and huge boot that you might expect

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The Ford Kuga is a family SUV that sits above the Ford Ecosport, but just below the Ford Edge in terms of size. It’s good to drive, but if you’re expecting it to have an excess of passenger space or a massive boot then you’re going to be a little disappointed.

Sadly, the Ford Kuga’s 2017 facelift didn’t do anything to make the Ford feel more spacious – although it did introduce some slight exterior changes, a more economical diesel engine, the luxurious Kuga Vignale model (tested separately) and an uprated automatic emergency braking system.

If you value practicality, then you’ll be better off with a Skoda Kodiaq, which has more passenger space in the front and back, even for tall adults. The Ford Kuga’s front seats have much more room than the backs but fitting the optional panoramic sunroof (standard on Titanium X and ST Line X models) reduces headroom significantly for all passengers.

The boot is also below average in terms of size for this type of car and again is noticeably smaller than the Skoda Kodiaq’s. However the Kuga’s boot does have a practical square shape and the car’s height means you don’t have to bend your back when loading and there isn’t a load lip to lift luggage over.

The Ford Kuga has a classic case of body dysmorphia – it drives like a sporty small car that’s trapped in the body of a large SUV

It’s only once you’ve loaded up and set off that a Ford Kuga reveals its true strength – it’s actually decent fun to drive. Its steering doesn’t have the remoteness you get in most SUVs, so you can actually feel through your fingers how much grip the car has, and even if you corner hard there’s no excessive body lean. ST Line models have lowered suspension and roll even less in bends but the payoff is suspension that isn’t as comfortable.

Which doesn’t make a lot of sense, because the Ford Kuga’s cabin is otherwise quiet and relaxing at a cruise with only a little bit of wind noise disturbing you on the motorway.

Even at those sorts of speeds a five-star safety rating awarded by Euro NCAP in 2012 means the Ford Kuga should be safe and automatic emergency braking is available on all but entry-level models for a sensible amount extra.

There are three different turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engines on offer, with 120, 150 and 176hp. Stick to the one of the lesser two power outputs and you’ll enjoy decent performance coupled with sensible running costs – the 176hp engine is quickest, but thirstiest with it.

On the diesel side you have the option of a 1.5-litre with 120hp, or a 2.0-litre with 120, 150 or 180hp. We’d suggest going for a diesel if you’re frequently driving on the motorway and the pick of the bunch is the 1.5, which has a enough get up and go to transport a family and its luggage, yet is also pleasingly frugal.

For more detailed and in-depth analysis of the Ford Kuga read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications review sections over the following pages.

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Ford Kuga

Back in 2008, when the world was obsessed with ‘planking’ and shutter shades, Ford launched the Kuga. It was a time when the SUV market was a less crowded and fighty than it is today. And the quirky Kuga was one of the first small SUVs to try and pump a bit more ‘Sport’ than ‘Utility’ into the SUV moniker – largely through wacky, angular styling and driving dynamics not too far removed from a Focus or Mondeo. At the time, that was a very good thing.

We liked it. It was different and held its own against the competition. But after just four years on sale, when most cars would be refreshed, Ford’s junior SUV was instead killed and replaced with this all-new version. Which is a shame, because we rather liked the old Ford Kuga’s proportions and the way it went down the road.

We can blame the Americans for its newfound bloatedness. As, when the time came to replace the shoddy – but popular – Escape, they took one look at the Ford Kuga and decided that would do nicely. But new Fords must now be global, and the Kuga was very much a Euro thing, and so it was decided that an all-new one would be built. It had essentially become a victim of its own success. And now the second-generation has had a mid-life nip ‘n’ tuck as well as a technological and connectivity reboot. 

Being a bit bigger, there’s more space in the boot and leg and headroom for rear passengers. But getting a bit of extra length (all 81mm of it) it’s also manoeuvred itself out of its normal competitor range, rubbing shoulders with the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Kodiaq, and into the sights of the Kia Sorento and Hyundai’s Santa Fe. 

But it still drives finer, thanks to being underpinned by the same European platform as the Ford Focus, a new four-wheel-drive system (having dumped Haldex) and the same torque vectoring system (the clever tech that brakes a spinning inside wheel to shove drive to an outer one to improve grip) from the Focus RS. Basically, it’s drift mode turned on its head. But with a large spread of engines, trim packages and the ability to have two- or four-wheel drive, there’s something for every family.  

2016 Ford Kuga Review

Ford is planning to launch a new model of its famous mid-sized SUV 2016 Ford Kuga with new interior and exterior improvements to provide more comfort and luxury.

Exterior of Ford Kuga 2016

The new Ford Kuga stretches 183.1 inches with a width of 72.4 inches and a wheel base of 105.9 inches together with a height of 67.4 inches. However, the car disappoints with its poor ground clearance at 200 mm. The new Ford Kuga comes in three trims i.e. the Ambiente, Trend and Titanium. The Kuga has adopted the Ford C1 Platform with five doors and will feature 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels depending on the trim level.

The new front and rear bumpers will receive the same color as the body. The front and rear will feature LED lights with automatic headlights. The model will feature a new set fender with a large rear spoiler.  Its new grille has been embroidered with Chrome accent making the vehicle even more attractive. Other features include chrome window bezels and a new roofing system with rails made in silver.

The general exterior design has been modified so as to reduce its weight while maintaining its aerodynamic capability. This has been achieved using a blend of light-weight steel and aluminum materials.

Body colors provided for the new Ford Kuga 2016 are: Panther Black,Sterling Grey, Burnished Glow, Moondust Silver, Ginger Ale, Deep Impact Blue, Blazer Blue,Frozen White,Race Red and Platinum White.

2016 Ford Kuga Interior

It being a family car, Ford has tried to mix comfort, power and safety features in this new Kuga. To begin with, the car will feature adjustable premium leather upholstered seats with arm rests. The interior has sufficient leg and head room.

Its two row seating arrangement can accommodate up to five passengers while still maintaining an ample cargo space. To add to that is an array of latest technology features and gadgets. It comes with the latest infotainment system, an updated center console with a large touch screen , a navigation system,  Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, USB port, satellite radio, rear view camera, parking assistance, a traction control and air bags.

Engine, Specs and Performance

Ford has hooked some really wonderful engine options on the 2016 Ford Kuga hood. The base variant will come with 1.6 L turbo charged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine which produces 147hp with 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine will have a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg.

The second engine will be a 1.8 L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will produce 180hp and 200 lb-ft of torque with a combined fuel economy of around 37 mpg.

There is also talk of a third diesel engine, a 2.0 L Durateq engine with a capacity to generate 161 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. It is expected to have a combined fuel economy of 37 mpg. This engine will move from 0-60 mph in about 10 seconds with a top speed of around 116 mph.

Price and release date

The start (MSRP) price of the base model of the 2016 Ford Kuga will come at $ 28,900. The higher trim levels will cost much more. Titanium which is the highest trim level will go for as much as $ 46,990. The release date is not yet known but rumor has it that it will hit the market in early 2016.


In the class mid-size SUV competition is very strong, there are the new Audi Q5 and BMW X5, Lexus NX 200t or maybe Dodge Journey.

2017 Ford Kuga

If the Ford Kuga looks similar to another Blue Oval model, well it is because it has a twin sister. 2017 Ford Kuga is the identical European version of the American Ford Escape.  Technically, we have already seen how the Kuga looks like because Ford showcased the 2017 Ford Escape in Los Angeles Auto Show in late November last year. Read along to find out more;

2017 Ford Kuga Exterior

For the mid-cycle refresh, the Kuga just like its twin, the Escape gets upgrades borrowed from the Ford Edge.  At the front, the nose is more masculine and features a larger trapezoidal grille. The grille sports a chrome lining with the Ford logo at the center. The grille is flanked on both sides by sleek bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs.  The front fascia also features a revised bumper which is integrated with revised air intakes and fog lights.

On the sides, the vehicle features a shiny chrome lining that highlights the greenhouse area.  There is a thick character line running almost the entire length of the crossover SUV.  The lower part of the side profile features a thick black cladding. The new wheel arches are also huge.

At the rear, the Kuga features modified tail lamps and a redesigned rear bumper. The rear is also offered with a lively shade dubbed “Copper Pulse”. The vehicle also features a retractable tow bar which automatically hides itself below the rear bumper. There is also a hands-free tailgate. At the bottom is a silver colored diffuser which is integrated with twin round-shaped exhaust tips with a chrome finish.

Other features include a panoramic sunroof and two roof rails. The vehicle will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels but there is an option for either 18- or 19-inchers. Dimension-wise, the Kuga is 4,524 mm long, 1,838 mm wide, 1,702 mm tall and has a 2,690-mm wheelbase.

2017 Ford Kuga Interior

The interior only features a few improvements compared to that of the outgoing model. In fact, it takes a closer look to discover these differences.  First, there is a new 3-spoke steering wheel sourced from the Focus; a heated steering wheel is optional. The steering wheel is also mounted with new climate control switchgear.

The center console has also been reconfigured with a space-saving strategy i.e. the automaker has installed a new space saving parking brake, a modified gear lever, relocated the 12V power socket while its cup-holders have been moved forward next to the gear lever. This has freed up space which has allowed addition of a storage tray just ahead of the armrests. A new USB port has also been added to the set up.

However, the most notable change in the cabin is the new 8.0-inch touch-screen which hosts the new SYNC3 infotainment system. The system supports both Android Auto and Apple CArPlay.  For the first time, the system allows pinch and swipe gestures. The SYNC is free for the first five years. It allows a driver to lock and unlock doors remotely as well as start the engine remotely. The system also monitors tire pressure, fuel and battery levels.

For safety, the Kuga is offered with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake support, active park assist, lane-keep assist and a driver alert system for fatigued driving.

Engine Specs and Performance

The 2017 Ford Kuga SUV will be powered by a number of engines.  Ford has introduced a new diesel engine to the drive-train lineup. The new unit is a 1.5 L TDCi which is offered with FWD. The new engine will improve the vehicle’s fuel economy by 5% to 64.2 mpg on combined drives without compromising on power output.  The engine produces 118 hp.

There is also a 2.0 L TDCi diesel mill rated at 148 hp when paired to either a FWD or the automaker’s Intelligent AWD system. This engine returns 60.1 mpg on combined drives. The engine can be tuned to produce 180 hp which is only available with the Intelligent AWD system. This version returns 54.3 mpg.

Switching to petrol engines, the vehicle will also feature a 1.5 L EcoBoost gasoline engine with three different tunes. It will produce 118 hp and 148 hp which are paired with front-wheel drive. This version returns 45. 6 mpg on combined drives. The EcoBoost engine is also tweaked further to produce 180 hp. This version is mated to the Intelligent AWD system and delivers 38.2 mpg on average.

All engines will feature a 6-speed automatic transmission system. A 6-speed manual gearbox will also be availed on an optional basis.

Other engine specs such as acceleration and top speed will be availed on a later date.

Price and release date

The Blue Oval automaker is yet to announce the official prices of the upcoming 2017 Ford Kuga.  Rumor has it that the model will be available in dealer showrooms before the end of the year. As for the price, expect a starting price of around $ 23,500 for the base model. Keep it here for the latest news and updates on this and other upcoming models.

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