Ford Kuga Hybrid running costs
The 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|19-21||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 12,500 miles||From £1,935 / £3,871|
Unfortunately, the Kuga FHEV isn’t as company-car-friendly as the plug-in-hybrid version. That car attracts a Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of 11%, while the less fuel-efficient Kuga FHEV incurs a 29% rate – which is the same as for some of the diesel models.
Ford Kuga Hybrid insurance group
Depending on what trim level you select, the Kuga Hybrid falls in insurance groups 19 to 21. The plug-in hybrid sits in the same groups, which are lower than those the Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Honda CR-V fall into.
Every new Ford sold in the UK is protected by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. In addition, the Kuga comes with Ford Assistance for one year, providing roadside breakdown assistance in the UK and throughout Europe. However, you can extend the Kuga Hybrid’s standard warranty to either four years/80,000 miles or five years/100,000 miles for an additional cost.
Ford offers service plans for the new Kuga. The first is the Ford Protect Service Plan, which starts between £11-14 per month depending on how long a plan you opt for; it's available on Ford models up to 12 months old. This service plan offers scheduled servicing and covers all servicing in accordance with ‘Ford Standard Service Schedules’ including associated parts and labour.
Higher-mileage drivers might be interested in the Ford Protect Service Plan Plus, which includes four services over three years/60,000 miles as well as a ‘wear-and-tear' plan for items like the clutch, brake pads, wiper blades and bulbs. However, the more comprehensive plan is only available up to the first date of registration and you'll need to contact a Ford dealership to get a price.
You’ll only have to pay £145 a year VED (road tax) on the Kuga Hybrid – it gets a £10 discount on the regular £155 annual rate as it’s classed as an 'alternatively fuelled vehicle'. Plus, even top-spec models don’t cost more than £40,000, so you won’t incur the £335 premium for more expensive cars.
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 costs - currently readingThe 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 & safetyThe Kuga had strong crash-test results, but owner-reported reliability hasn't been perfect