Ford Kuga review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Ford Kuga 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Kuga 2021 front left cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 rear tracking
  • Ford Kuga 2021 right tracking
  • Ford Kuga 2021 rear right cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 headlight detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 boot open
  • Ford Kuga 2021 front cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 rear cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior dashboard
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior infotainment
  • Ford Kuga 2021 front left cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 rear tracking
  • Ford Kuga 2021 right tracking
  • Ford Kuga 2021 rear right cornering
  • Ford Kuga 2021 headlight detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior front seats
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 interior detail
  • Ford Kuga 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Ford Kuga is the one for company car drivers to go for because of its low emissions. It pairs a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and battery pack for an official electric-only range of up to 39 miles (31 miles in our real-world testing). The motor is powerful enough to get you up to motorway speeds, or it can work with the engine to deliver 0-60mph in a respectable 8.6sec. That's only marginally slower than the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sorento in PHEV form. 

The 2.5 FHEV (full hybrid) is a better choice if you're buying privately. It can pootle around for short distances without using the engine and can tow 1600kg – virtually the same as a four-wheel drive Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

ST-Line trim comes with stiffer sports suspension, causing the Kuga to follow the contours of the road more closely. That leads to a busier ride at low speeds, but it’s far from intolerable, and at motorway speeds it settles down far better than the Tucson. It might not suit everyone, though, and it’s worth avoiding versions with larger 20-inch wheels, which will make it worse.

Ford Kuga 2021 rear cornering

Handling

The steering is very quick, which makes the Kuga feel eager to turn into corners, but it has a consistent desire to self-centre. It's a gentle sensation but an unnatural one, and doesn't help to put you at ease while guiding the car through quicker turns that require a deft touch. 

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