Ford Kuga review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Diesel's your best best for good fuel economy, though it's no longer up there with the best
If running costs are your priority, then go for the front-wheel-drive Ford Kuga with the 1.5-litre diesel with 118bhp, as it returns 64.2mpg and emits 115g/km of CO2. Even the more powerful 2.0-litre TDCi engine with 148bhp returns a respectable but not exceptional 60.1mpg, plus emissions of 122g/km of CO2.
The Ford Kuga with the 1.5-litre petrol EcoBoost engine comes with 118bhp, 148bhp or 180bhp, and all have eco-friendly start-stop technology. The 148bhp variant does 45.6mpg and emits 143g/km of CO2, while the 176bhp engine returns 38.2mpg and CO2 levels of 171g/km.
Four-wheel-drive isn't available throughout the Ford Kuga range, and only cars with the 180bhp 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel units benefit from the extra traction. 54.3mpg is the best an all-wheel-drive Kuga can manage, which means it's only worth going for if you really need the four-wheel-drive grip.
In this review
- 1Ford Kuga reviewThe Ford Kuga is competent and good looking, but doesn’t feel as up-to-date as newer SUV rivals
- 2Engines, performance and drivePetrol and diesel choices, but it’s the 2.0 TDCi that makes up the majority of sales, for good reason
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingDiesel's your best best for good fuel economy, though it's no longer up there with the best
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Kuga is better-looking than before, but lags behind on the inside
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceGood passenger space, but boot space, while improved, is bettered by some rivals
- 6Reliability and SafetyPlenty of safety equipment as standard with the option of more at a cost