Ford Kuga 2.5 PHEV ST-Line Edition 5dr CVT Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £36,905What Car? Target Price£35,156
Review

The Ford Kuga is a decent large SUV in any guise, but it makes real sense if you opt for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. The hybrids have economy that private buyers will appreciate, while the plug-in hybrid is one of the best large SUVs of its kind for company car drivers, 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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You have to plump for ST-Line if you want either the hybrid FHEV or plug-in hybrid PHEV engine options. This trim is mostly about the interior and exterior styling tweaks and firmer sports suspension that you should really try before you buy.

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

282.5

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

612

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

23

g/km

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