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.

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.

What does a Ford Kuga (2013) cost?

List Price from £23,995
Buy new from £20,029
Contract hire from £193.44 per month

Real MPG average for a Ford Kuga (2013)

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Average performance

77%

Real MPG

19–59 mpg

MPGs submitted

1261

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What have we been asked about the Ford Kuga (2013)?

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Whats the best used buy as a family car to replace our Focus?

I had a Focus and am now seeking a used petrol vehicle, preferably £8k to £12k but could go more if need be. I do 8000 miles a year that includes the daily city commute and monthly 200 mile motorway trips. We are a family of three with a young child but carry quite a lot of luggage. I looked after the Focus and it has been grand. I could go for another Focus, but ideally I would favour something with a little more room prestige and comfort. But primarily it needs to be safe and reliable. What might be best? Could even be an estate, SUV, bigger car.
If you liked your Focus, I'd recommend a Kuga. It's very practical and represents very good value for money. Your budget will get a Zetec or Titanium model from around 2015 with the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Also consider a Kia Sportage. It's not quite as practical as the Kuga, but you'll get a slightly newer one for the money, and it'll have the remainder of its seven-year manufacturer warranty. If you'd like to look at an estate too, I'd recommend a Skoda Octavia.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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