Ford Kuga Hybrid engines, drive & performance
The Kuga is still one of the best family SUVs to drive, with precise steering and good grip, however this full-hybrid version is slightly let down by its CVT transmission
|0-62mph||Top speed||Driven wheels||Power|
The Ford Kuga remains one of the more rewarding family SUVs to drive and the full-hybrid version is no exception. However, the CVT transmission does dampen the driving experience, as it feels a little sluggish and frankly we’d expect more refinement from an electrified SUV like this.
Ford Kuga Hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Under the Kuga’s bonnet is a 2.5-litre petrol engine that works in conjunction with an electric motor. The total power output is 187bhp, which makes the full-hybrid SUV capable of 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds. There’s little to complain about when it comes to the Kuga FHEV’s performance, as it’s on par with other non-plug-in hybrids like the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Niro.
The latest Ford Kuga has long been one of the best SUVs to drive and the full-hybrid version is no different. The Kuga FHEV handles well. with quick, precise steering, and the good grip it provides means you can enjoy the 1,701kg SUV even when you encounter twistier roads. The ride isn’t uncomfortable per se, however, it may be too much on the firm side for some.
In This Review
- 1Ford Kuga Hybrid reviewThe full-hybrid version of the Ford Kuga SUV is as practical and good to drive as the rest of the range, but like them, its interior lacks personality and its transmission is a weak point
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsWhile it isn’t capable of the same pure-electric range or fuel economy as the plug-in hybrid Kuga, the full hybrid still offers better fuel economy and lower emissions than a diesel
- 3Running costsThe latest Kuga comes with an extensive warranty and is also available with a selection of servicing packages from Ford; company-car tax rates are almost as high as a diesel's, though
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingThe Kuga is still one of the best family SUVs to drive, with precise steering and good grip, however this full-hybrid version is slightly let down by its CVT transmission
- 5Interior & comfortWhile standard equipment in the Kuga is good, its interior continues to lack the flair or personality it needs to liven it up and keep up with rivals
- 6Practicality & boot spaceWith plenty of interior space and lots of room in the boot, the Kuga is as practical as ever, even with the hybrid powertrain under the bonnet
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Kuga had strong crash-test results, but owner-reported reliability hasn't been perfect