Ford Kuga 2.5 EcoBoost PHEV Titanium 5dr CVT Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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RRP £33,595What Car? Target Price£31,417
Review

The Kuga is a decent large SUV in any guise but really makes sense if you opt for the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. It's one of the best plug-in hybrid large SUVs there is, providing a decent electric-only range, good fuel economy, tidy enough handling, and all for a sensible price. Shortfalls include the iffy interior quality and the relatively small boot.

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In addition to Zetec trim this well-equipped yet reasonably priced version gives you 18in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, part-leather seats, ambient interior lighting, a 10-speaker B&O stereo, LED headlights and automatic wipers. It's also the entry-level trim if you want the plug-in hybrid that's our pick of the engines. We'd suggest going for Titanium over ST-Line trim, which is pricier and has sports suspension that degrades the ride.

The plug-in hybrid model pairs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor for a total of 222bhp and 0-60mph in 8.6sec in our testing. You can drive in full-electric mode, full petrol mode, or a mix between the two as the car sees fit. Electric mode gives instant punch and, in the hybrid setting, the change between petrol and electric is almost seamless. You’ll only really notice the engine has kicked in when you hear it start to murmur away up inclines and when overtaking because of the CVT gearbox. A good official electric-only range of 35 miles help keep company car tax low, and it should do up to 50mpg in the real world even when the battery has run out.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH9.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

201.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

612

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

32

g/km

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