Ford Kuga (2013–)

Model History

March 2012

All new Kuga unveiled

Engines available from launch in the UK in early 2013 include 140PS and 163PS versions of Ford’s popular 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine, with Ford Powershift automatic gearbox an option. Kuga will also offer the 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, already available in Ford Focus and C-MAX and impressing with its strong torque delivery and high fuel efficiency.

December 2012

New Ford Kuga available

Priced from £20,895 – over £1,000 less than previous model. Like its predecessor, the new Ford Kuga features a three-series line-up in the UK – Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X.

The all-new Kuga offers a choice of 150PS and 180PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, and 140PS and 163PS 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel engines. AWD diesel models are available with Ford’s PowerShift transmission; petrol models get a 6-speed torque converter automatic trtansmission. FWD diesel models now feature CO2emissions from just 139g/km.

Wheel and tyre sizes

235/55 R17

235/50 R18

235/45 R19

February 2014

1.6 EcoBoost 182PS petrol engine available with Durashift 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission and four wheel drive, from £26,000.

March 2014

Kuga Titanium X Sport introduced

Ford’s Titanium X Sport series has joined the new Kuga range to offer the highest specified Ford SUV available, with luxury and technology features as standard. It gets 19-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, privacy glass and power fold mirrors. The trim adds a body styling kit including body colour front, side and rear skirts, spoiler, wheel arches and door claddings. Other extras include adds lower centre silver skid plate and rear diffuser.

Inside it adds a Sony DAB audio with satellite navigation, a rear view camera, Active Park Assist for semi-automated parallel parking. The new all-wheel-drive Kuga Titanium X Sport, priced at £28,345, inherits other standard equipment such as opening panorama roof, heated front Torino leather seats and 10-way powered driver’s seat.

October 2014

Ford unveils more poweful diesel Kuga

Superseding the Kuga’s 2.0 TDCi engine, a unit that has accounted for 95 per cent of Kuga sales in the UK in 2014 so far, the new 2.0-litre Euro 6 compliant diesel delivers 180PS and 400Nm, a 10 per cent power hike. Despite that, it emits 19g/km less CO2.

Upping the power of Ford’s most popular diesel Kuga has allowed the company to slot in a less powerful version of the 2.0-litre TDCi beneath, which generates 150PS and emits just 122g/km CO2, returning a claimed 60.1mpg.

June 2015

1.6 EcoBoost 6-speed torque converter auto dropped because cannot meet EU6.

September 2015

Ford Kuga for 2016 now offers Ford’s SYNC 2 advanced connectivity system for the first time, enabling drivers to operate phone, entertainment, climate and navigation systems using simple conversational language. SYNC 2 features an 8-inch colour touch screen in the centre console – increased from 5-inches – that can also help drivers when manoeuvring by displaying the live feed from the Rear View Camera system.

February 2016

Revised Ford Kuga announced

Updates to make driving simpler, safer, more enjoyable and more affordable include Ford’s new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, innovative driver assistance technologies, an ergonomic and comfortable interior and a new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.

The tailgate is restyled, while a new range of 17- 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs are available in variety of finishes including Luster Nickel. One new colour, the vibrant shade Copper Pulse, will be offered throughout the range. A power-operated retractable tow bar automatically stores itself out of sight below the rear bumper when not in use.

A new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine is offered with front-wheel drive, targeting a fuel efficiency improvement for the new engine of about 5 per cent to 64.2mpg and 115g/km CO2 while producing the same power. Also available: a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine with 150PS in front-wheel drive and Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive versions that achieve from 60.1mpg and 122g/km CO2; and a 180PS Intelligent All Wheel Drive version that delivers from 54.3mpg and 135g/km CO2.

Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in 120PS or 150PS front-wheel drive form achieves 45.6mpg and 143g/km CO2 and a 182PS Intelligent All Wheel Drive version delivers from 38.2mpg and 171g/km CO2.

August 2016

Ford announces new Kuga ST-Line

New Kuga prices start from £20,845 and Kuga ST-Line prices from £25,845.

The ST-Line delivers includes upper grille finished in high-gloss Ebony Black, honeycomb design for the lower front grille in high-gloss Ebony Black with unique, matching sports mesh finish on the fog lamp bezels.

The new Kuga ST-Line offers the sportiest Kuga driving dynamics yet, with chassis enhancements including thicker anti-roll bars and a 10mm lower ride height for reduced body roll and sharper responses.

October 2016

Kuga Vignale now available

The Ford Kuga Vignale is offered in exclusive specifications including the unique Vignale pearlescent Milano Grigio exterior colour influenced by rose metallic tones. Further detailing includes dark gloss effect finishes for the front and rear skid plates, door appliques and boot trim. The signature Vignale hexagonal grille design features at the front.

Ford Kuga Vignale technologies include Ford’s Perpendicular Parking that helps drivers park hands free in spaces alongside other cars; an enhanced version of the Active City Stop collision avoidance system; and Hands-Free Liftgate for simplified access to the luggage compartment.

Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to match the driving environment, including a Weather-Dependent Lighting mode that automatically adjusts headlights to help drivers spot roadside hazards in extreme heavy rain.

December 2018

New Ford Kuga automatics now listed as being fitted with an "8-speed e-shifter" automatic, which is the same 8-speed torque converter auto as in the new Focus. This should significantly reduce the CO2 emissions and hence the 'Showroom Tax' on new Kugas.

What does a Ford Kuga (2013) cost?

List Price from £24,290
Buy new from £20,271
Contract hire from £193.44 per month