Ford Kuga review - Reliability and safety
The Ford Kuga’s extensive list of safety kit helps it secure a top rating from Euro NCAP
The third-generation Kuga finished in a respectable 15th place on our list of the best cars to own, based on the results of the 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Meanwhile, Ford as a brand found itself in 28th spot (out of 32 brands) in the best car manufacturer rankings.
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.
Top-spec Vignale cars bring Active Park Assist and a head-up display. 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 per cent and 86 per cent, respectively, with a 73 per cent 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.
In this review
- 1Ford Kuga reviewPractical and efficient, yet still great to drive, the Ford Kuga is an appealing family SUV
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Ford Kuga offers strong fuel economy from its full hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsWith fuel-saving hybrid technology, low insurance costs and decent residual values, the Ford Kuga is an appealing SUV to run
- 4Interior, design and technologySleeker, smarter, with lots of handy on-board tech, the third-generation Kuga is well-equipped for family life
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Ford Kuga offers great family practicality, although it’s not the most spacious in its class
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThe Ford Kuga’s extensive list of safety kit helps it secure a top rating from Euro NCAP