Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

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

Petrol engines 6.9 - 7.2 mpp
Diesel engines 7.7 - 9.9 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 8.2 - 8.7 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 34.1 - 47.8 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 - 60.1 mpg
Hybrid petrol engines 48.7 - 51.4 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 201.8 - 282.5 mpg
  • PHEV is impressively inexpensive to run
  • Diesel mild-hybrid a fine all-rounder
  • None should prove too dear, though

How much is it going to cost to run?

As befits a sensible family SUV, the Kuga’s engine range is relatively sensible and frugal, and with all three flavours of hybrid engine represented (mild hybrid, self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid) there’s no shortage of options if you’d like to go a little bit electrified.

The headline-grabber is, of course, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) which returns a theoretical 201.8mpg – at least on paper.

MPG and CO2

The figures that follow are the Kuga’s MPG and CO2 emissions tested under the WLTP regime.

1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol, 150hp, manual: 42.6mpg, 149g/km
1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, 120hp, manual: 60.1mpg, 123g/km
1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, 120hp, automatic: 52.3mpg, 137g/km
2.0-litre EcoBlue mild hybrid diesel, 150hp, manual: 57.6mpg, 128g/km
2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, 190hp, automatic: 49.6mpg, 150g/km
2.5-litre full hybrid petrol, 190hp, automatic: 52.3mpg, 125g/km
2.5-litre plug-in hybrid petrol, 225hp, automatic: 201.8mpg, 32g/km

As is obvious to see, the most efficient – on paper – is the plug-in hybrid model. How cheap this is to run depends very much on your lifestyle, however. Plus in regularly at home, and do lots of short journeys using the Kuga’s 35-mile electric-only range, and you’ll see your numbers skyrocket. Undertake long journeys with a discharged battery and you’ll see the opposite.

However, in driving the Kuga PHEV we’ve noticed it’s one of the most efficient PHEVs we’ve ever sampled with a discharged battery. Ford seems to have engineered it extremely well to keep a little bit of charge in the battery to deploy when needed, and the result is a plug-in hybrid that still operates well when it’s not plugged in.

The mild hybrid and full hybrid engines seem to make less sense, being more expensive to buy but much less efficient than the 120hp diesel – which, honestly, is more than powerful enough for most people’s needs. Even the least efficient model in the range, the 1.5-litre petrol, doesn’t disgrace itself in the economy stakes. If you undertake a lot of short journeys, one of the petrol-fuelled models is probably the best bet.

How reliable is it?

  • 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) £145 - £155
Insurance group 10 - 22
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