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Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7
  • Competitive fuel and tax bills
  • Fords in general are cheap to run
  • Resale values could prove problematic

The cheapest Kugas to run will be the ones with diesel engines – the 1.5-litre with 120hp promises between 44.1-46.3mpg. Even the 2.0-litre diesel engines in the Kuga aren’t too expensive either, and even adding all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox to highest power 180hp version results in a claimed 35.3-37.7mpg.

Petrol models fare worse when it comes to fuel, but you might find that in the real world they perform better if you’re only doing very short journeys. Insurance costs should be low too because there’s lots of safety kit on offer here, and Ford is known for its low servicing, parts and maintenance costs.

Ford Kuga 2016 exhaust

The biggest drawback here is in resale value. The Kuga struggles relative to many of its rivals – presumably because it sells so well – so if you’re buying outright it might prove challenging to justify the shortfall.

Is it eco friendly?

The greenest engine in the Ford Kuga range is the 120hp 1.5-litre diesel mated to the six-speed manual gearbox, emitting 137g/km of CO2. Adding all-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox boosts CO2 output by varying amounts depending on the individual spec of the car. The 176hp version is one to avoid though thanks to 208g/km of CO2.

Is it reliable?

  • Barely any recalls for the Kuga
  • Shares oily bits with other Ford cars
  • Don’t expect massive repair bills

The Ford Kuga has an enviable reliability record. The only recall was back in 2008 (on the first generation car) and even that was for a relatively trivial matter of a hard brake pedal developing during engine warm-up. Not the sort of thing to lose sleep over, and it was fixed anyway.

More tellingly, the platform it’s built on and the engines and gearboxes it uses are employed on the incredibly popular Focus, C-Max and Mondeo models so they’re tried and tested to an extensive degree. Should parts fail, Ford also has a reputation for some of the cheapest replacements in the industry.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,293 - £1,877 *
Diesel 131p £931 - £1,527 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.5 TDCi (120ps) Diesel 115 g/km (Min) £30
1.5 EcoBoost (176ps) Petrol 209 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £260
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 14 - 27
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.