Ford Kuga (2008 – 2013) Review

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Ford Kuga (2008 – 2013) At A Glance

Best handling crossover apart from Mazda CX-7. Comes with useful split tailgate. Economical 2.0 TDCI engine. Two-wheel drive version available which emits just 156g/km.

Rear seats not as versatile as other SUVs this size. Quite pricey new. PowerShift diesel automatics emit 179g/km.

Insurance Groups are between 16–24
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

Ford was a bit slack when it came to launching a small SUV - or 'crossover' as they've now become know. While the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan were making waves, Ford was nowhere to be seen. Maybe the brand didn't want to rush into developing a compact 4x4 that could end as unpopular as the terrible 'when did you last see one on the road' Vauxhall Antara.

So Ford took its time. And while it may not have been first to the party, the Kuga is one of the best compact SUVs on the market. Like its rivals, the Kuga is design mainly for on-road use rather than tackling muddy slopes so it’s no surprise to see an athletic rather than chunky approach to the styling. With its trademark grille and swept-back lights the Kuga is a great example of Ford's 'Kinetic' design. It's certainly one of the best looking crossovers on the market.

It looks like a premium car and it's the same story inside. When it launched the Mondeo in 2007, Ford radically upped its game in terms of interior quality and it’s continued in the same vein with the Kuga. The layout is simple but stylish and despite lots of black trim, it isn’t gloom although the lack of rear seat versatility means it's not as practical as other crossovers. Although the split tailgate is a very useful touch.

But the Kuga is really head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to handling. Using the same platform as the Focus, it strikes a good balance between handling and comfort with good agility in corners and a forgiving ride. The engine line-up is simple with a 2.0-litre diesel that comes in two power outputs (the lower powered version available with 2WD) and a 2.5T petrol which is great fun but very thirsty.

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Real MPG average for a Ford Kuga (2008 – 2013)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

87%

Real MPG

18–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

378

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ASK HJ

Where is the coolant temperature sensor in a 2009 Ford Kuga?
Do you know where the coolant temperature sensor is on a 2009 Ford Kuga 2.0d? The radiator cooling fan is not coming on.
Follow the wiring back from the fan to the engine block where the temperature sensor/sender will be screwed into the water jacket. You'll probably need a bigger socket than most people possess to remove it, though. (Obviously, first make sure that the problem is not simply that a wire has snapped.)
Answered by Honest John
What's causing my Ford Kuga's flat battery?
I have a 2012 Ford Kuga diesel. Recently, the battery has started to go flat every 10-14 days if its stood on the driveway or only used a couple of times a week for short journeys. It has had the Bluetooth software upgrade and the dealer says there is no drain on the battery, which is also fine. Any idea what could be causing this? Should I buy a new heavy duty battery?
This has been a problem with some Fords from Fiestas up. But a diesel used for short runs from cold beats its battery up very effectively because it takes out more than it puts in. Go on a 100 mile run in your Kuga and you may find you have put enough back into the battery for it to be okay, or it may have lost its capacity to hold a full charge of 13.5 volts.
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Ford Kuga power loss
I bought a used (2009 model) Ford Kuga diesel about six months ago. Since then, I've had to take it back to the dealer several times as the power intermittently cuts out. The car is still under warranty and the dealer has replaced the air box and inspected the mechanical parts, but the issue continues. Can you offer any advice?
Might be the mass airflow sensor, or might be a bad connection inside a multipin connecting block that has suffered some moisture ingress.
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Dashboard symbol for DPF regeneration?
Is it possible to retro fit my 2011 Ford Kuga 2.0TDCI with a dashboard symbol that will warn me when the ECU triggers a DPF regeneration, so that I know not to switch off the engine till it has finished?
I've never heard of such a thing, but you should be aware of it when you open the door of your car. Lot of heat and a burning smell. The other way to tell is to leave the fuel consumption meter on instant and if it suddenly drops a few mpg, the DPF is regenerating.
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What does a Ford Kuga (2008 – 2013) cost?

Buy new from £20,271 (list price from £24,290)
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