Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
The Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid has a decent electric range, but there’s no fast charging, so you need to trickle-charge overnight
|Wallbox charge time
|3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)
Despite the fact that no Kuga Plug-In Hybrid comes with fast-charging capability, the top-up times aren’t as long as you might imagine. As long as you’ve got off-street parking and the ability to recharge overnight, it should be easy to start each day with a full battery. Do so and you’ll benefit from an official 35 miles (more realistically 28-30 miles) on electric power, before the car toggles into one of its other drive modes.
You can charge the battery using the engine, but this isn’t a particularly efficient way of doing things – expect your average fuel economy to plummet if you use this feature on a regular basis. Unless you’re due to enter a specific low-emissions zone, we’d suggest leaving the car in hybrid mode and letting it figure things out.
Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
Ford claims the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid can return as much as 202mpg. You’ll need a short commute and the ability to charge regularly to realise this lofty figure, but low CO2 emissions give the car an appealing Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax banding; the diesel model’s percentage rating is almost double, so there are huge savings to be made if you’re a company-car driver. No matter which specification or wheel size you go for, every Kuga Plug-In Hybrid emits 32g/km of CO2.
The Kuga's 14.4kWh battery is a good size for a plug-in hybrid like this. But a big battery doesn’t mean it takes an age to charge – Ford says a standard domestic socket will give you a full 35 miles of electric power in around six hours, while a 7.4kW wallbox or public charging point will reduce this to a little over three hours.
To charge at a public point, you’ll need to specify the relevant cable at a cost of £195 – the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid only comes with one lead for home-charging as standard. The charge flap is located on the front wing, but opening it reveals only an AC port – there's no option to top up the Kuga from a DC rapid charger.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Ford Kuga is available with a choice of powertrains – including a plug-in hybrid engine for the first time
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid has a decent electric range, but there’s no fast charging, so you need to trickle-charge overnight
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe latest Ford Kuga will be offered with a competitive warranty and a variety of servicing plans, which should help keep a lid on running costs
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe latest Ford Kuga has gone back to the model's roots, taking its place as one of the best-handling SUVs you can buy
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Ford Kuga’s interior isn’t the most inspiring place to sit, but at least it’s functional and easy to navigate
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityFord claims best-in-class rear legroom for the Kuga and it’s hard to argue, as there's loads of space for adults in the back
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThis generation of Ford Kuga was awarded the full five stars by Euro NCAP, making it one of the safest cars on sale