Ford Kuga review - Reliability and safety

The Ford Kuga’s extensive list of safety kit helps it secure a top rating from Euro NCAP.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

3.9 out of 5

  • Handling
  • Infotainment tech
  • Plug-in hybrid version
  • Not as spacious as rivals
  • Vibration on rough roads
  • Seats could be more comfortable

The third-generation Kuga is too new to have featured in our latest Driver Power survey, although the previous model still managed to finish in 41st place on a list of the 75 best cars to own. Ford itself was voted into 24th position out of 30 manufacturers, with some customer feedback critical of exterior build quality.

Customers will be reassured by the high levels of safety kit available on all Kuga models. Standard equipment includes a Pre-Collision Assist system with Autonomous Emergency Braking, a Lane-Keeping Aid with Lane-Departure Warning, Intelligent Speed Assist and Post-Collision Braking.

Titanium versions gain a Driver Impairment Monitor, while top-spec Vignale cars bring Active Park Assist and a head-up display. For around an extra £1,000, there’s also the option of the Driver’s Assistance Pack which adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Sign Recognition and a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Euro NCAP tested the Kuga in 2019 and awarded the SUV a full five-stars for safety. Adult and child protection was rated at 92% and 86%, respectively, with a 73% score for safety assist tech.


Ford offers a standard 3-year/60,000-mile warranty, with the option of extending the cover up to five years at extra cost. If you buy a new Kuga you’ll also gain 12 months UK and European roadside assistance.


Service intervals for the Kuga are annually or every 12,500 miles (whichever comes first). The Ford Protect Service Plan allows customers to pay for scheduled maintenance on a monthly basis or as a one-off payment.

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