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Ford Kuga - MPG, CO2 and running costs

With fuel-saving hybrid technology, low insurance costs and decent residual values, the Ford Kuga is an appealing SUV to run

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and running costs Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£32,055 to £42,325
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A key feature of a capable family SUV is its ability to offer reasonable running costs, and the Kuga has this area more than covered. The petrol models should return around 40mpg, while company car drivers will benefit from the low emissions offered by the PHEV model and diesel-like economy – provided you regularly charge it up.

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According to Ford, the regular petrol version returns up to 42.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, while CO2 emissions of 149g/km. The full-hybrid is a more efficient option, managing up to 51.4mpg and emitting 125gg/km of CO2.

For the best efficiency, the Kuga 2.5-litre petrol plug-in hybrid is the one to choose. Ford claims a fuel consumption figure of more than 250mpg, but you’ll need to charge regularly and drive mostly under electric power to replicate that. The PHEV model has an all-electric range of up to 40 miles, and takes around 3.5 hours to recharge fully from a 7kWh wallbox charger. So, if it suits your work and commute circumstances, then it’s worth considering to reduce your fuel usage. Just be aware that there are alternatives like the Honda CR-V e:PHEV that’ll go further on a charge, and there are a few electric car alternatives, like the Tesla Model Y, that could prove to be even more affordable to run for company car drivers.

Insurance groups

Premiums shouldn’t be too steep for Ford’s family SUV, as the whole lineup sits between insurance groups 15-22.

The plug-in hybrid model is the priciest to insure regardless of trim level, although it’s still much cheaper to insure than the CR-V e:PHEV, which is in group 37. 

If you want lower quotes, though, then the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the one to go for.

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Depreciation

Data suggests that the Kuga should hold onto around 44-51 per cent of its value over three years and 36,000 miles, with the best combination for residuals being a plug-in hybrid model in ST-Line X Edition specification. In comparison, the Nissan X-Trail is likely to retain between 47-49 per cent, the Kia Sorrento should retain 46-53 per cent, while the Renault Austral is predicted to cling on to 52-55 per cent of its resale value over the same period.

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