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FORD KUGA ESTATE

2.5 PHEV ST-Line X Edition 5dr CVT

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions25.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed125mph

Driver Convenience

  • Ford easy fuel
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hands free power tailgate
  • Lane keeping aid with lane departure warning
  • Mobile phone wireless charging pad
  • Power assist steering
  • Selectable drive modes

Exterior Features

  • Auto headlamps with high and low beam
  • Day/night rear view mirror
  • Front LED fog lamps
  • Halogen Projector Headlamps
  • Large rear spoiler
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Power front/rear windows with global close
  • Power opening panoramic roof
  • Privacy glass
  • Quickclear heated windscreen
  • ST Line body styling kit with unique front and rear fascia and bumper, rear painted diffuser, front painted skid plates, dark mesh upper grille
  • ST Line front scuff plates
  • Twin exhausts

Interior Features

  • 10 way power adjustable drivers seat
  • 2nd row sliding seats with 60:40 split
  • Alloy pedals
  • Centre console with electronic parking brake
  • Dark headlining and pillars
  • Dual electronic automatic temperature control
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel in sensico with red stitching
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated passenger and driver seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Rear charging point
  • Sensico partial premium leather upholstery
  • Sports seats
  • ST Line front and rear floor mats
  • ST Line gear knob

Packs

  • B&O with large instrument cluster pack - Kuga

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Airbags - front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS
  • Ford MyKey Gen 2 safety system
  • Manual child proof rear door locks
  • Post collision braking
  • Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking
  • Red brake calipers
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Engine immobiliser
  • Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote powered central double locking doors
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    14.4
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    360
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    12.8
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    210
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City
    70
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Max
    70
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Min
    70
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    56
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max
    56
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min
    56
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City
    44
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Max
    44
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Min
    44
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    35
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    35
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    35
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    27
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    68
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max
    68
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min
    68
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High
    43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High - Max
    43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High - Min
    43
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High - Max
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High - Min
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low - Max
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low - Min
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium
    68
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium - Max
    68
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium - Min
    68
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    42.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max
    42.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min
    42.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    37
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    37
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    37
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High
    26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High - Max
    26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High - Min
    26.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High
    37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High - Max
    37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High - Min
    37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low
    42.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low - Max
    42.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low - Min
    42.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium
    42.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium - Max
    42.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium - Min
    42.3

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High
    172
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High
    137
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low
    191
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium
    95
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb
    10
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    25
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    25
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    25

Engine and Drive Train

  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2496
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb
    0.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb
    565
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    8.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    4.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    37.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    47.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    33.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    67.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    256.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.5
  • Badge Power
    225
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    PHEV
  • Coin Series
    ST-Line X Edition
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    21E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    225
  • Engine Power - KW
    165
  • Top Speed
    125

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5X2 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1666
  • Length
    4620
  • Wheelbase
    2710
  • Width
    1883
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2178

Weight and Capacities

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1534
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    612
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7

Ford's first plug-in model, the Kuga PHEV, offers all the usual virtues common to this kind of technology, plus a few of its own. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Perhaps being a market leader is about following established trends rather than pioneering new ones. Ford certainly seems to work that way. The Blue Oval brand didn't really establish any sort of real presence in the SUV sector until the second generation version of its mid-sized Kuga crossover model was facelifted in 2016. And it's taken the company until the 21st century's third decade to launch its first volume made EV (the Mustang Mach-E) and its first plug-in car, the Kuga PHEV model which is our focus here. This is the third generation Kuga, moved subtly up-market to make space for the freshly introduced Puma crossover which slots in below this model. It's just as well the Canadian-built Edge SUV is no more as the Kuga PHEV's asking price would have trampled all over it and is knocking on the door of premium territory.

Driving Experience

Unlike the mild hybrid model in the Kuga range (which is a 2.0-litre diesel), this PHEV variant is petrol-powered. Ford didn't have a Euro-market green pump-fuelled engine that was suitable for plug-in tech, so has borrowed for this installation a 2.5-litre unit that it uses with the US market 'Escape'-branded version of this car. This engine is paired with a 108bhp electric motor, resulting in a useful total output of 222bhp, with the electrified element of the whole set-up powered by a decently-sized 14.4kWh lithium-ion battery and the whole shooting match mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. Keep the battery cells topped up and theoretically, up to 35 miles of WLTP-rated electric driving range is possible, though a 25-28 mile range expectation is probably more realistic. You'll need to get your head around all the drive modes. As well as the usual 'Normal', 'Eco' and 'Sport' settings, there's also a 'Slippery Deep Snow/Sand' mode - which is curious because unlike its PSA Group Plug-in SUV rivals, this Kuga PHEV can only be had with front wheel drive. There are also four further settings for the electric drivetrain: 'EV Now' focuses the drivetrain on all-electric output; 'EV Charge' (rather inefficiently) tops up the battery using the engine; and 'EV Later' holds the current state of charge so that you can save it for urban driving you might want to do later in your trip. Most of the time though, you'll simply leave the car in 'EV Auto', where clever electronics determine the most efficient use of engine and battery power. You can boost brake regeneration (and therefore energy harvesting) by clicking on an 'L' button on the gear selector. And in theory, it's possible to drive at up to 85mph on battery power alone. With the full powertrain working, 62mph from rest takes 9.2s en route to 124mph.

Design and Build

There are no really obvious visual giveaways that this plug-in variant is the PHEV model in the range - unless you're sharp-eyed enough to spot the extra flap for the charging point. If you're not familiar with this third generation design, you'll find it to be significantly bigger than its predecessor, 44mm wider and 89mm longer with a wheelbase increased by 20mm. At the wheel, it's much as it would be in a Focus hatch, with the usual 8-inch centre-dash SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen. Upper-spec Kuga variants though, differ from their Focus counterparts in their provision of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Because this third generation Kuga model's C2 platform was designed around an electrified remit, there are no special compromises for rear seat passengers over the conventional models and you still get a rear bench that can slide back and forth over 150mm, allowing you to choose between legroom and luggage space behind. Which is just as well because luggage space behind is significantly reduced by the plug-in package down from 475 to 411-litres. Slide the rear seat forward as far as it will go (in which case there'll be very little legroom for back seat folk) and there'll be 581-litre of room (down from 645-litres normally).

Market and Model

Pricing sits in the £33,000 to £38,000 bracket and there are four Kuga PHEV trim levels - 'Titanium', 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X' and 'Vignale'. Even the 'Titanium' variant is well equipped, with LED headlights, climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 'Quickclear' heated windscreen, an 8-inch SYNC 3 centre dash infotainment screen, auto headlights and wipers, keyless entry and a very complete package of camera-driven safety kit. Inside in a 'Titanium'-spec Kuga, you can expect sports seats with lumbar support, cabin ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control and a B&O Premium audio system. Ford expects 'ST-Line'-spec to be the most popular choice, partly it looks sportier (with a body styling kit, 18-inch 'Rock Metallic' alloy wheels, sports suspension, black roof rails and a large rear spoiler). And partly because it's the spec you have to have to get the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The 'ST-Line' cabin spec also includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel, alloy pedals and 'Sensico' sports seats with red stitching. 'ST-Line X' trim adds 19 inch wheels, a panoramic roof, heated powered front seats and a powered tailgate. And the plush 'Vignale' variant gets full-leather upholstery and special 19-inch 'Liquid Aluminium' alloy wheels.

Cost of Ownership

We normally start this section with fuel and CO2 stats but perhaps of greatest interest to a potential Kuga PHEV buyer will be this model's Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating, a lowly 10% banding that will rise by just a single percentage point over the first three years of ownership. That's thanks to a WLTP-rated CO2 emissions figure of 32g/km. To give you some perspective here, the alternative Kuga 1.5 EcoBlue diesel automatic model emits 145g/km of CO2, which translates into a lofty 36% banding (which is only a single percentage point off the highest-polluting models in the range). In short, it's not difficult to see the appeal of the PHEV drivetrain. Particularly when you take into account the quoted WLTP-rated combined cycle economy stat - 201.7mpg. As with any plug-in hybrid, this fantasy figure reading has no actual relation to what you'll achieve in day-to-day driving reality, which probably won't be that much different to what you'd get from the comparable diesel variant. And obviously, if you neglect to charge the car up, you'll simply be driving a heavy petrol-powered SUV, in which case you'll be lucky to see around 35mpg in regular use. But a typical Kuga PHEV owner will want to get to grips with the charging regime that will make the sums add up here. There's no quick-charge capability as there would be in a full-EV. In fact, you won't even be able to use a public charge point unless you pay Ford £195 more for the relevant cable. The quickest you'll be able to recharge from empty is in 3.5 hours from a 7.4kW garage wallbox. A standard 3-pin plug will charge the car in around six hours.

Summary

Adding the weight and complexity of a PHEV system doesn't do the Kuga any favours in terms of either its handling or its price positioning. Ford though, is hoping that target market customers will think these drawbacks an acceptable trade for the not inconsiderable benefit of being able to slash taxation payments and being able to conduct almost exclusively electrified mileage. This car's growing array of mid-sized SUV plug-in rivals all have the same appeal of course, but this Kuga should feel a more interesting steer than any of them, despite its near-1.9-tonne kerb weight. Which is important. Just because your next family car might need to be in some way electric, it doesn't have to feel like some kind of domestic appliance. Ford knows how to create something better. And it shows with this car.

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