Ford Kuga Road Test (2013)

Ford Kuga (Interior View) (2013)

Ford Kuga Review

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Refinement is generally good, with minimal noise intrusion most of the time, although the diesel engine can become just a bit more raucous when stretched.

Comfort and Refinement

Ford has given the Kuga a classy cabin with good quality materials. Our test car has lots of piano black trim, which looks very chic but has the disadvantage of attracting dust and showing finger marks, so a handy duster kept in the door pocket would be a good idea. The dashboard has quite a busy layout, with lots of controls that take a bit of getting used to. Our main gripe is with the satnav display screen, which is rather small and set well forward at the top of the dash. To be more user-friendly it needs to be larger and easier to read at a glance.

Refinement is generally good, with minimal noise intrusion most of the time, although the diesel engine can become just a bit more raucous when stretched.

Safety and Security

The braking system has Active City Stop, which uses clever electronics to prevent you from rear-ending a vehicle in front if you don’t react quickly enough to someone suddenly stopping ahead. The system works at speeds under 19 mph, typical for city traffic. Other safety features, either standard or optional, include Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Start Assist to prevent roll-back on a slope, traffic sign recognition, a driver alert system to warn when you are getting tired and losing attention, lane departure warning as a guard against inadvertently straying out of lane, blind spot protection, and emergency assist to call for help in an accident. There are seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. The Kuga has a Thatcham category one perimeter and volume sensing alarm system.


Standard equipment in Zetec versions of the Kuga is a six-speaker Ford DAB radio and CD player audio system, with remote audio controls. It has all the desirable connectivity for USB, AUX and Bluetooth, and includes voice control. There is an upgraded version of the Ford kit in Titanium models. Range-topping Titanium X cars come with higher-spec Sony kit with nine premium speakers, five front and four in the rear of the car.

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What We Liked
  • Stylish looking
  • Good driving dynamics
  • Smart cabin
  • Piano black trim looks chic
What We Disliked
  • Piano black trim shows fingerprints and prone to being dusty
  • Tiny satnav screen set too far forward
What We Would Like To See
  • Better size, better position satnav screen

The second generation Ford Kuga has improved looks and is more keenly priced than before. It needs to be, because the opposition is tough with lots of good rivals out there touting for your business. For the family motorist on a budget, other cars may offer almost as much for a bit less of an outlay. What the Kuga has going for it is its excellent driving dynamics. Nothing else in the same category of car is quite as good to drive, which is why it should particularly appeal to keen drivers.

12 March 2013 Sue Baker
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Ford Kuga Road Test Data
Model ReviewedFord Kuga
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourBurnished Glow
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.4 Seconds
Top Speed 122 mph
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban38.2 mpg
Extra Urban51.5 mpg
Combined45.6 mpg
Insurance Group23
Euro NCAP Rating5-stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 12/03/13)£27,045

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