Ford Kuga Hybrid reliability & safety
The Kuga had strong crash-test results, but owner-reported reliability hasn't been perfect
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||92%||86%||73%|
The latest generation of the Ford Kuga received the maximum five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash-testing back in 2019, thanks in part to its suite of active safety kit. All models come with front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assistance, cruise control and pre-collision assistance.
Higher-spec models like the ST-Line Edition X get added kit like a rear-view camera, while more features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system and road-sign recognition is available as part of Ford’s Driver Assistance Pack.
Ford Kuga Hybrid reliability & problems
The third-generation Kuga is too new to have featured in the latest Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but as Ford makes some of the most popular cars on sale, it’s possible to get some insight into how reliable this new SUV might be. Ford as a brand finished 24th out of 30 manufacturers ranked in the 2020 survey, with 15% of owners reporting a fault with their car. Build quality was a particular area of concern among owners.
The latest Ford Kuga performed well in Euro NCAP crash-testing, earning a full five-star rating thanks to its safety systems and autonomous emergency braking that comes as standard. A score of 92% for adult occupant protection is particularly impressive, but shouldn't be directly compared to the old car’s theoretically superior 94% rating, as Euro NCAP's test criteria are constantly revised to become more and more stringent.
An 86% rating for child protection is another plus point considering many buyers will be looking at the Kuga as their sole family car. ISOFIX child-seat mounts are standard and the rear doors open wide, which makes fitting child seats nice and easy. A host of additional features earned the car a 73% score in the safety assist category.
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 & performanceThe 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 & safety - currently readingThe Kuga had strong crash-test results, but owner-reported reliability hasn't been perfect