Ford Kuga (2020) Review

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Ford Kuga (2020) At A Glance

+Available with a wide range of engines including conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid variants.

-On sale in 2020.

The new Kuga will be available as a plug-in hybrid, conventional hybrid or mild hybrid model, as well as with 'normal' 2.0-litre diesel and 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.

A rival to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, the new Kuga will feature more technology including an eight-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There's added driver assistance tech, too, including a new Stop & Go adaptive cruise control system with lane-centring technology.

Longer and wider than the current model, the Kuga offers more room inside for front and rear passengers. Despite being lower, it also has more headroom than before - while rear passengers can have heated outer seats for the first time. The rear seats can be moved backwards for extra legroom, or forwards to increase boot capacity.

In typical Ford fashion, the 2020 Kuga will be available in a range of trim levels to suit every buyer - including Vignale, ST-Line and Titanium variants. The posh Vignale will come with various chrome highlights, 18-inch wheels as standard (19- and 20-inch alloys also available) and premium velour floor mats.

The ST-Line, meanwhile, has a large rear spoiler, 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels and a twin sports exhaust. Inside, ST-Line seats feature red stitching, while alloy pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel add to the sporty feel.

For the first time on a Kuga, the new model will be available with selectable drive modes. Alongside Normal, Sport and Eco modes, Slippery mode offers drivers increased confidence on surfaces with reduced grip such as snow and ice. Deep Snow/Sand mode helps maintain vehicle momentum on soft surfaces. 

With a towing capacity of up to 2250kg, the new Kuga is likely to be popular with caravanners. A electrically operated retractable tow bar can be controlled using a button in the boot space.

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What is Ford doing about the fire issue on the new Kuga PHEV?
"What is Ford doing about the fire issue on the new Kuga PHEV? I can't charge my car so what is the point in having it? Ford has not contacted me even though I've rung their customer relationship centre. "
The current advice from Ford is that you can still use the car as a 'mild hybrid'. This means driving it in Auto EV mode rather than charging it. This will give you a small bit of charge (less than 1%) to get some assistance around town but the majority of work will be done by the petrol engine. We've included the latest statement from Ford below. "The safety of our customers is a top priority. We realise that vehicle recalls are inconvenient to customers, but they assure vehicle quality and safety in service. As part of our commitment to safety, Ford is temporarily suspending the sale of all Kuga PHEV vehicles to address a potential concern with the high voltage battery, which in certain circumstances could possibly result in a fire in the battery area. "Customers currently in possession of any Kuga PHEV are advised to not charge their vehicles and to only drive in EV Auto mode until repair work is completed by their Ford dealer. It is important to stress that the vehicles remain safe to drive in EV Auto mode. This latest action includes all Kuga PHEVs built to date, many of which have already been reworked by a Ford dealer. "Owners are being individually contacted. We also will discuss with them as soon as possible when to schedule the rework at their chosen dealership once a complete and approved update is in place. "We apologise for the concern this issue is causing and thank our customers for their patience and co-operation. We will take care of our Kuga PHEV owners and are looking at ways to improve customer experience during this difficult situation, including providing an extended warranty or maintenance service provision, depending on market. "We remain committed to providing safe and high-quality vehicles, addressing potential issues and responding quickly. Should customers have any additional concerns, we ask them to contact the Ford Customer Contact Centre on 020 3564 4444."
Answered by Keith Moody
What's the best SUV under £40,000?
"Which SUV for under £40,000 has the lowest emissions for the lowest VED upfront cost and annual cost? We are looking for a Hybrid SUV and the shortlist is Hyundai Tucson or Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. We will be keeping it for the next six years. Can you suggest anything better? We are worried about Mitsubishi pulling out of the UK though and the impact on parts and service availability within this time. Many thanks."
The first year's VED is based on emissions and included in the 'on the road' price (the figure quoted by manufacturers). After this, you'll pay a flat rate of £150 a year. The exceptions are alternative vehicles (such as hybrids), which qualify for a £10/year discount. Electric vehicles are free to tax. Cars with a list of price of more than £40,000 are taxed an extra £325 a year for five years (after the first year). So, it's worth hunting out an SUV with a list price below £40,000, but other than that don't let the cost of VED influence your search too much. There are better alternatives to both the Outlander and the Tucson. We'd recommend a Skoda Karoq or Peugeot 3008. If you need more space, consider a Ford Kuga or Honda CR-V.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a reliable, comfortable hybrid?
"I’m looking to buy a petrol hybrid car, under 1 year old for £25k. Essentials include comfortable seats, sunroof, tow bar (to carry bike rack) and reliability. We prefer a reasonably high driving position. I’ve been looking at the Toyota Corolla 1.8 VVT-I Hybrid, Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid and several others. I would appreciate your advice on the best vehicles to consider. I look forward to your suggestions. Thanks and regards."
Buy the Corolla. It's a very comfortable car and Real MPG drivers get 60+mpg from the 1.8 hybrid powertrain: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/toyota/corolla-2019 For more information on the Corolla, see our full review and video road test here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-2019/ The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate review can be found here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/corolla-touring-sport-2019
Answered by Dan Powell
I have a Ford Kuga PHEV on order. Should I cancel due to the fire recall?
"Would you please give me your view about the news that Ford has suspended sales of this model due to fires affecting the High Voltage battery? I have one on order and I'm a little uneasy to hear of these events."
It's understandable that you're feeling a little uneasy, but it's only affected a very small number of cars. Ford's identified the issue early and announced a fix. More here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/owning-1/2020-08/ford-issues-fire-risk-warning-over-kuga-phev
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Ford Kuga (2020) cost?

Buy new from £22,277 (list price from £26,400)