Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 8.7 - 9.1 mpp
Diesel engines 9.3 - 11.4 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 43.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 40.9 - 42.8 mpg
Diesel engines 46.3 - 56.5 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 201.8 mpg
  • PHEV is impressively inexpensive to run
  • Diesel mild-hybrid a fine all-rounder
  • None should prove too dear, though

Headline-grabbers among the Mk3 Ford Kuga range for high theoretical fuel economy and low CO2 emissions are the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. Despite having a 2.5-litre petrol engine, the official WLTP efficiency figures are 201.8mpg and 32g/km of CO2.

Charging the PHEV’s 14.4kWh lithium ion battery takes around three-and-a-half hours on a dedicated wallbox and six hours on a conventional three-pin plug.

However, use up all that electricity and you’ll be very lucky to see anything close to 40mpg – it could prove quite thirsty on longer trips.

Best of the rest are the EcoBlue mHEV mild-hybrid diesels – no great surprise there. Officially, and depending on alloy wheel size, it’ll return 54.3-56.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 132-136g/km.

Worst of the range – and hardly disgracing itself – is the 1.5 150hp EcoBoost petrol posting claims of 40.9-42.8mpg and 151-156g/km of CO2.

Generally speaking, other running costs shouldn’t prove to be too bank account-sapping in nature, given that under the skin it is close to a Focus and not some rugged, old-school off-roader. Howver, its miles per pound figures are inferior to the Focus with a range of 8.7 - 43.1 mpp.

Ford parts availability is usually fine and the wide network of dealerships across the country should prove to make life and maintenance easy, too.

Is the Kuga reliable?

  • Too soon for major maladies to surface
  • Record set to mirror that of Focus
  • Potential for underbody off-roading damage

In the majority of instances, how reliable the Kuga is will match the record of the models its based upon, but in the main, the majority of the engines and platform technology have been around for a while already no significant issues.

This might be Ford’s first PHEV sold in the UK, but it’s technology that’s been offered by the firm in North America for some time now.

Where the Kuga may differ from a Focus is on those rare occasions where it’s taken on rougher terrain, potentially risking of damage to the underbody and mechanical components. While they are more likely to cause immediate problems, if anything, they might create long-term maladies.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140 - £150
Insurance group 10 - 21
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