Review: Ford Kuga (2013)

Rating:

Probably the sportiest handling SUV in the £20k-£30k bracket. More spacious than original. Options include electric tailgate.

Ride on 18-inch and especially on 19-inch wheels is hard.

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4 September 2019

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Ford Kuga (2013): At A Glance

The second generation Ford Kuga is more spacious than before and includes new technology like an electric tailgate that can be opened and closed by 'kicking' your foot under the rear bumper. On sale in the UK from early 2013.

The clever system was first seen on the Audi A6 Avant and Ford is hoping that it will help the new Kuga stand out from the current clutch of mid-sized SUVs. The brand is also promising a higher quality feel all round. The boot is larger too with 442 litres - an increase of 82 litres over the current model - plus the rear seats fold flat via the touch of one button.

It is powered by familiar Ford engines including the 2.0 TDCi with either 140PS or 163PS while the PowerShift automatic gearbox will come as an option. There are also 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, as already fitted in the Focus and C-MAX.

Both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models will be available. The AWD system constantly assesses the road conditions, adjusting the power split to give the driver the best combination of handling and traction. It also gets the Torque Vectoring Control system which was first fitted to the Focus.

The Ford SYNC system - a voice control, device integration and in-car connectivity system will be available from launch. It includes Emergency Assistance, which upon detecting airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car, uses the on board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates, in the local language, for the emergency response.

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What does a Ford Kuga (2013) cost?

List Price from £23,050
Buy new from £17,570
Contract hire from £189.31 per month

Real MPG average for a Ford Kuga (2013)

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Average performance

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Why has my new car been delayed?

I ordered a Ford Kuga on 27th June and was told delivery will be the end of July although could be 10 days. All the paperwork was signed and credit approved 13 days ago. I received registration document in the post last week giving details of the car, reg etc as at 30th June. I’ve now been told the car isn’t even in the country and that I have to contact Ford credit to delay the direct debit. How can the car be registered to me when it doesn’t appear to have been built? Can I cancel?
This will be due to uncertainties over RDE1 emissions that all new cars registered from 1st September 2019 have to comply with. 'Your' WLTP compliant but not RDE1 compliant car has already been registered, so it is not caught out by that. The likelihood is that you will get it very soon because most EU car factories close down for the month of August.
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