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Brand New Ford Kuga 2.5 EcoBoost PHEV ST-Line X 5dr CVT

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with traffic sign recognitionBLIS (Blind spot information system)
Driver impairment monitorEco coaching
Enhanced parking assist systemFord easy fuel
Front and rear parking sensorsFront and rear view camera
Hands free power tailgateHead up Display
Intelligent speed assistLane keeping aid with lane departure warning
Mobile phone wireless charging padPower assist steering
Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency brakingSelectable drive modes
SYNC 3 with navigation, DAB audio 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAuto headlamps with high and low beam
Auto wipersBlack roof rails
Door edge guardsFront LED fog lights with cornering function
Full LED quad projector headlamps with glare freeHeadlamp washer jets
Large rear spoilerLED daytime running lights
LED rear lightsPower folding heated door mirrors with puddle lights
Power front/rear windows with global closePrivacy glass
Quickclear heated windscreenST Line badges in exterior and interior
ST Line front scuff platesTwin exhausts

Interior Features

230V power convertor in second row2nd row sliding seats
4 way manually adjustable passenger seatAlloy pedals
Ambient lightingCentre console with electronic parking brake
Dark headlining and pillarsDual electronic automatic temperature control
Flat bottomed leather steering wheelFront and rear head restraints
Partial leather manual track seatSalerno partial leather upholstery
Sports seatsST Line front and rear floor mats

Packs

B&O with large instrument cluster pack - KugaST Line body styling kit - Kuga

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsAirbags - front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain
Drivers knee airbagElectronic stability control (ESC) and ABS
Ford MyKey Gen 2 safety systemHill launch assist
Post collision brakingPowered child proof rear door locks with global closing
Red brake calipersTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

Engine immobiliserKeyless entry
Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter buttonLocking wheel nuts
Remote powered central double locking doorsThatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

Sports suspension
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)26Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb32 

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic ConvertorTrueCC2498
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears8 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

General

Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power225
Coin DescriptionEcoBoost PHEVCoin SeriesST-Line First Ed
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0720EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %92
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %86NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %82NCAP Safety Assist %73
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.2Engine Power - BHP225
Engine Power - KW165Engine Power - PSTrue
Top Speed125 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1666Length4620
Wheelbase2710Width1883
Width (including mirrors)2178 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight2320Max. Loading Weight622
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1200Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1698No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Ford Kuga PHEV

Ford's first plug-in model, the Kuga PHEV, offers all the usual virtues common to this kind of technology, plus a few of its own. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

It seems you can't have a cutting-edge mid-sized SUV of any kind these days without having a plug-in hybrid version, so Ford offers that tech with its third generation Kuga crossover. There are the usual PHEV calling card features here - a 35 mile all-electric driving range, a super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating and a rather high sticker price. Built into a package that should feel a touch more dynamic than most of its rivals.

Background

Perhaps being a market leader is about following established trends rather than pioneering new ones. Ford certainly seems to work that way. The Blue Oval brand didn't really establish any sort of real presence in the SUV sector until the second generation version of its mid-sized Kuga crossover model was facelifted in 2016. And it's taken the company until the 21st century's third decade to launch its first volume made EV (the Mustang Mach-E) and its first plug-in car, the Kuga PHEV model which is our focus here. This is the third generation Kuga, moved subtly up-market to make space for the freshly introduced Puma crossover which slots in below this model. It's just as well the Canadian-built Edge SUV is no more as the Kuga PHEV's asking price would have trampled all over it and is knocking on the door of premium territory.

Driving Experience

Unlike the mild hybrid model in the Kuga range (which is a 2.0-litre diesel), this PHEV variant is petrol-powered. Ford didn't have a Euro-market green pump-fuelled engine that was suitable for plug-in tech, so has borrowed for this installation a 2.5-litre unit that it uses with the US market 'Escape'-branded version of this car. This engine is paired with a 108bhp electric motor, resulting in a useful total output of 222bhp, with the electrified element of the whole set-up powered by a decently-sized 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery and the whole shooting match mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. Keep the battery cells topped up and theoretically, up to 35 miles of WLTP-rated electric driving range is possible, though a 25-28 mile range expectation is probably more realistic. You'll need to get your head around all the drive modes. As well as the usual 'Normal', 'Eco' and 'Sport' settings, there's also a 'Slippery Deep Snow/Sand' mode - which is curious because unlike its PSA Group Plug-in SUV rivals, this Kuga PHEV can only be had with front wheel drive. There are also four further settings for the electric drivetrain: 'EV Now' focuses the drivetrain on all-electric output; 'EV Charge' (rather inefficiently) tops up the battery using the engine; and 'EV Later' holds the current state of charge so that you can save it for urban driving you might want to do later in your trip. Most of the time though, you'll simply leave the car in 'EV Auto', where clever electronics determine the most efficient use of engine and battery power. You can boost brake regeneration (and therefore energy harvesting) by clicking on an 'L' button on the gear selector. And in theory, it's possible to drive at up to 85mph on battery power alone. With the full powertrain working, 62mph from rest takes 9.2s en route to 124mph.

Design and Build

There are no really obvious visual giveaways that this plug-in variant is the PHEV model in the range - unless you're sharp-eyed enough to spot the extra flap for the charging point. If you're not familiar with this third generation design, you'll find it to be significantly bigger than its predecessor, 44mm wider and 89mm longer with a wheelbase increased by 20mm. At the wheel, it's much as it would be in a Focus hatch, with the usual 8-inch centre-dash SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen. Upper-spec Kuga variants though, differ from their Focus counterparts in their provision of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Because this third generation Kuga model's C2 platform was designed around an electrified remit, there are no special compromises for rear seat passengers over the conventional models and you still get a rear bench that can slide back and forth over 150mm, allowing you to choose between legroom and luggage space behind. Which is just as well because luggage space behind is significantly reduced by the plug-in package down from 475 to 411-litres. Slide the rear seat forward as far as it will go (in which case there'll be very little legroom for back seat folk) and there'll be 581-litre of room (down from 645-litres normally).

Market and Model

Pricing sits in the £33,000 to £38,000 bracket and there are four Kuga PHEV trim levels - 'Titanium', 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X' and 'Vignale'. Even the 'Titanium' variant is well equipped, with LED headlights, climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 'Quickclear' heated windscreen, an 8-inch SYNC 3 centre dash infotainment screen, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry and a very complete package of camera-driven safety kit. Inside in a 'Titanium'-spec Kuga, you can expect sports seats with lumbar support, cabin ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control and a B&O Premium audio system. Ford expects 'ST-Line'-spec to be the most popular choice, partly it looks sportier (with a body styling kit, 18-inch 'Rock Metallic' alloy wheels, sports suspension, black roof rails and a large rear spoiler). And partly because it's the spec you have to have to get the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The 'ST-Line' cabin spec also includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy pedals and 'Sensico' sports seats with red stitching. 'ST-Line X' trim adds 19 inch wheels, a panoramic roof, heated powered front seats and a powered tailgate. And the plush 'Vignale' variant gets full-leather upholstery and special 19-inch 'Liquid Aluminium' alloy wheels.

Cost of Ownership

We normally start this section with fuel and CO2 stats but perhaps of greatest interest to a potential Kuga PHEV buyer will be this model's Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating, a lowly 10% banding that will rise by just a single percentage point over the first three years of ownership. That's thanks to a WLTP-rated CO2 emissions figure of 32g/km. To give you some perspective here, the alternative Kuga 1.5 EcoBlue diesel automatic model emits 145g/km of CO2, which translates into a lofty 36% banding (which is only a single percentage point off the highest-polluting models in the range). In short, it's not difficult to see the appeal of the PHEV drivetrain. Particularly when you take into account the quoted WLTP-rated combined cycle economy stat - 201.7mpg. As with any plug-in hybrid, this fantasy figure reading has no actual relation to what you'll achieve in day-to-day driving reality, which probably won't be that much different to what you'd get from the comparable diesel variant. And obviously, if you neglect to charge the car up, you'll simply be driving a heavy petrol-powered SUV, in which case you'll be lucky to see around 35mpg in regular use. But a typical Kuga PHEV owner will want to get to grips with the charging regime that will make the sums add up here. There's no quick-charge capability as there would be in a full-EV. In fact, you won't even be able to use a public charge point unless you pay Ford £195 more for the relevant cable. The quickest you'll be able to recharge from empty is in 3.5 hours from a 7.4kW garage wallbox. A standard 3-pin plug will charge the car in around six hours.

Summary

Adding the weight and complexity of a PHEV system doesn't do the Kuga any favours in terms of either its handling or its price positioning. Ford though, is hoping that target market customers will think these drawbacks an acceptable trade for the not inconsiderable benefit of being able to slash taxation payments and being able to conduct almost exclusively electrified mileage. This car's growing array of mid-sized SUV plug-in rivals all have the same appeal of course, but this Kuga should feel a more interesting steer than any of them, despite its near-1.9-tonne kerb weight. Which is important. Just because your next family car might need to be in some way electric, it doesn't have to feel like some kind of domestic appliance. Ford knows how to create something better. And it shows with this car.

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Styling
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Build
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£378
Deposit£2599
Term (months)38
Cash price£35,629
Credit amount£31,530
Guaranteed future value£17,166
Total amount payable£35,629
Ford deposit£1500
Contract mileage27,000
Excess mileage charge0.08p per mile
Representative APR0%
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