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Ford Kuga buying guide

What Ford Kuga trim levels are there?

The entry level (and most affordable) version of the Kuga is called the Zetec model. Despite being the baby of the range it still gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a heated windscreen and silver roof rails for that classic rugged SUV look.

Next up are the Titanium or Titanium Edition models, which add bold horizontal chrome strips on the front grille, bigger 18-inch alloy wheels as well as full LED headlights which do a brilliant job of turning night into day. These models also get an electric-opening boot, a 12.3” digital dashboard and a thumping B&O sound system.

ST-Line Edition versions of the Kuga are next up, and these add a bunch of moodier exterior styling features, including black roof rails, a bigger rear spoiler and red brake calipers. They also get some nice red stitching inside. Tasty.

The ST-Line X Edition model takes the ST-Line version and adds bigger 19-inch wheels and an opening sunroof. It also gets firmer sports suspension, as well as heated front and rear seats, plus a heated steering wheel – perfect for those frosty mornings.

Topping the Kuga line-up is the Vignale model. The exterior is lavished in chrome-look plastic for a more upmarket feel, plus you get shiny 19-inch wheels. As with Ford’s other top-spec Vignale models, the Kuga Vignale is designed to look and feel posh – so the inside gets fancier leather than any other Kuga model too. Otherwise, it gets all the trinkets and gadgets that you find in an ST-Line X Edition, minus the sporty suspension.

Ford Kuga interior and technology

When the latest version of the Ford Kuga came out in 2019 it was one of the first Fords to include a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display. Also known as a virtual cockpit, this high-res, colourful screen replaces the traditional analogue rev counter and speedo dials, giving you customisable access to sat-nav maps as well as your driving data, speed, mpg and so on. It really makes the cabin feel pretty high-tech, but it’s not included on Zetec models.

That said, all Kuga models get a reasonably sharp eight-inch central touchscreen infotainment system, running Ford’s Sync 3 system. It works just fine, and you can plug your smartphone into one of the Kuga’s USB ports to mirror your phone’s apps on the Kuga’s screen, using either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The B&O sound system included on most models is pretty good, with thumping bass that’ll have you head-banging on your way to work.

Overall the Kuga’s interior feels reasonably high-tech – automatic models get a circular dial to select gear, and some models also come with a wireless phone-charging mat. 

Space up front is decent, and the rear seats slide back and forth so you can choose between boot space and rear legroom.

Ford Kuga engine range explained

Ford Kuga 1.5-litre EcoBoost 150hp petrol

A petrol engine might not seem the most natural choice for an SUV, but the three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine’s low-down turbocharged torque means it works well in the Kuga. It feels reasonably powerful and is capable of about 43mpg.

Ford Kuga 1.5-litre EcoBlue 120hp diesel

If you’re planning on taking your Kuga on longer trips, consider the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel. It’s not going to set your hair on fire with 120hp, but it’s easily capable of returning 50mpg on a long run.

Ford Kuga 2.0-litre EcoBlue 190hp diesel AWD

This is the engine to pick if you plan on towing with your Kuga. It’s a torquey 2.0-litre diesel engine, coupled with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system – perfect for finding extra grip in wintry or muddy conditions.

Ford Kuga 2.5-litre PHEV plug-in hybrid

Yes, the plug-in hybrid version of the Kuga gets a large 2.5-litre petrol engine, but don’t get too excited – it’s set up for economy, not performance. That said, 225hp helps offset the PHEV’s extra weight (you can thank the battery for that), and you’ll get up to 35 miles of pure-electric driving from a full charge.

Ford Kuga 2.5-litre FHEV full hybrid

If you want a taste of electric driving without having to plug your Kuga in, the full-hybrid electric vehicle (FHEV) version might be for you. It pairs a 190hp 2.5-litre petrol engine with a small motor and battery for a driving experience that seamlessly blends petrol and electric power. It should get around 50mpg if you’re careful, and it’s only capable of driving on electric power for very short distances at low speeds.

Your Ford Kuga questions answered

The Ford Kuga only comes in one body type – a medium-size SUV with five seats. However, it’s been around for three generations now. The second-generation car came out in 2012 and has a bold hexagonal front grille with two thick chrome bars across it. It was replaced by an all-new third-generation model in 2019, which has softer lines, more rounded headlights and a smooth-edged front grille.

The Kuga is roughly the same length as a Ford Focus estate, but with a raised SUV body. At 4.6m long the Ford Kuga is a bit longer than a Volkswagen Tiguan, and at 1.88m wide it’s 4cm wider than a Ford Focus.

The Ford Kuga is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as two hybrid options: a full ‘self-charging’ petrol hybrid, plus a petrol plug-in hybrid option.

Both the most recent and the previous Kuga have been offered with four-wheel drive, although the vast majority of Kugas are front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available on the most powerful diesel engine in certain trim levels.

A brand-new Ford Kuga starts from over £30,000 and can cost over £40,000 in top-spec guise. Opt for a nearly new Ford Kuga and you can save thousands of pounds – our cheapest new-shape Kugas cost under £22,000, or under £270 per month if you choose PCP finance

While not every single car will be problem-free, the Ford Kuga should be a reliable family workhorse. Most of its parts are shared with various other Ford models, and the Kuga wouldn’t be so popular if owners couldn’t depend on it.

The Ford Kuga is a good family car, with a spacious interior, lengthy equipment list and a boot that’s much larger than what you get in a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. And the Kuga even offers something for enthusiastic drivers, as it handles better than nearly all other SUVs.

The Kuga offers a great choice of engines, trim levels and performance, so you should find a combination that suits your needs. It also offers versatility – the rear seats can slide forwards and backwards so you can increase boot space or passenger space. Servicing is easy with so many Ford garages dotted around, and parts will be cheaper for the Kuga than for many of its rivals. Prices are good, too.