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Ford Kuga Review

The Ford Kuga is a crossover car based on the popular Ford Focus. So if you’re a Ford fan but want something with more space and a higher driving position, then the Kuga is likely to be right up your street. The following Ford Kuga review can help you to decide whether or not this is the right car for you:

The mid-sized SUV competes in a huge marketplace alongside other similar family-focused vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Skoda Kodiaq and the SEAT Ateca. Although it’s not one of the cheapest options on the market, the Kuga is still affordable starting at around £330 per month with a finance plan arranged by Red Potato. The car is also less spacious than some of its other competitors, but what you do get with the Ford Kuga is a well-equipped, premium quality family car that’s fun to drive.

Here we’ve put together a full review of the Ford Kuga to help you decide if it’s the ideal car for you:

Ford Kuga Review

Ford Kuga review summary:


  • Good amount of space for passengers and luggage
  • Premium appearance with good attention to detail
  • Well equipped


  • Slightly more expensive per month (starting at £330 per month with Red Potato)
  • Smaller boot space than some rivals
  • Doesn’t hold its value as well as some others


If you’re looking for a crossover or SUV then practicality is likely a key player in your decision. The good news is that whatever make and model you decide to go for, these types of cars will guarantee you plenty of space. The Ford Kuga is no exception and has more than enough room in both the front and rear seats to comfortably seat 5 adults. But if you’re looking for something more spacious then the Mazda CX-5 might be more suitable for you.

On the downside, the Kuga falls short when it comes to boot space. The car can hold up to 456 litres which is smaller than most others in this car class. There’s also no variable floor height which is an option in other car models.


Any Kuga registered after 2016 has had a “face-lift”, helping the car to look more modern and up-market compared to its predecessor. Even the entry level models have a similar exterior styling to the Edge (Ford’s larger SUV model) and the Ecosport (Ford’s smaller SUV). This includes a more heavily sculpted bonnet – which claims to provide better protection for pedestrians in the event of an accident – as well as a new grille and LED lights. However, even with all the design updates, the car is still lacking visually compared to rivals, most noticeably the popular Kia Sportage.

Running costs

If you’re worried that crossover vehicles will drink fuel like more traditional 4x4s such as a Land Rover then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Although they have a similar appearance to an off-roader, crossovers don’t have the same rough-terrain and pulling capabilities. Although you’re limited to road driving, you can benefit from much lower fuel consumptions. In addition, CarBuyer positions the Ford Kuga as the third most economical car in their list of crossovers.

In terms of fuel economy, there’s a clear difference between the petrol and diesel options. For the lowest fuel bills, you’re best to look at the Kuga diesel engine models which can manage up to 64mpg. The 4 wheel drive and petrol engine options will likely cost you more over time in comparison.

All Kuga’s registered after April 2017 will cost £140 per year in car tax. Our article on the vehicle tax changes can help to answer any further questions you might have about how much you need to pay in car tax.


One of the Ford Kuga’s most noticeable strengths is in how the car actually drives. The steering is smooth and agile in comparison to other small SUVs, handling like a much sportier car. It easily deals with bumps in the road and stays more flat and level than some similar cars.

Where the car does struggle slightly, however, is on the motorway. With 0-62mph time at around 10 seconds, it’s not easy to gain necessary speed when approaching the motorway limit.

Safety & reliability

Ford is renowned for its reliability in cars and the Kuga doesn’t let the brand down on this aspect. It was rated highly in the 2017 CarBuyer owner satisfaction survey.

The Kuga also proves to be a very safe car option and was awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP in 2012. The standard safety equipment list includes ABS, emergency brake warning as well as front side impact airbags and front and rear curtain airbags all as standard.

Look at Ford Kuga’s with Red Potato

Representative example

Cash price – £10,868.00
Deposit – £0.00
Loan amount – £10,868.00
Length of finance (months) – 60
Interest rate applied to borrowing – 16.24% (fixed)
Interest repayable – £8,824.60
Monthly repayments – £328.21
Option to purchase fee – £10.00
Total amount repayable – £19,702.60
Representative APR – 29.9%

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