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Combined - 235 mpg EC Extra Urban - 0 mpg EC Urban - 0.
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Ten Second Review
It seems you can't have a cutting-edge mid-sized SUV of any kind these days without having a plug-in hybrid version, so Ford offers that tech with its third generation Kuga crossover. There are the usual PHEV calling card features here - a 35 mile all-electric driving range, a super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating and a rather high sticker price. Built into a package that should feel a touch more dynamic than most of its rivals.
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.
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.
By Jonathan Crouch
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Key Standard Features*
- Solid - Blazer blue
- Solid paint
- Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter
- 19" 5x2 spoke high gloss machined alloy wheels
- Tyre inflation kit
- Sensico partial premium leather - Rapton in Ebony with red stitching
|Quickclear heated windscreen|
|Power front/rear windows with global close|
|Red brake calipers|
|Post collision braking|
|Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS|
|Front and rear parking sensors|
|Intelligent speed assist|
|Lane keeping aid with lane departure warning|
|Selectable drive modes|
|Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking|
|Power assist steering|
|Driver impairment monitor|
|Ford easy fuel|
|Mobile phone wireless charging pad|
|Ford SYNC 3 with 8" colour touchscreen, App Link, andriod auto/apple carPlay and navigation with Ford pass connect|
|Auto dimming rear view mirror|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Black roof rails|
|Hands free power tailgate|
|Large rear spoiler|
|Power folding heated door mirrors with puddle lights|
|ST Line front scuff plates|
|Power opening panoramic roof|
|ST Line body styling kit with unique front and rear fascia and bumper, rear painted diffuser, front painted skid plates, dark mesh upper grille|
|LED daytime running lights|
|LED rear lights|
|Full LED headlamps|
|Front LED fog lights with cornering function|
|Auto headlamps with high and low beam|
|Dual electronic automatic temperature control|
|Flat bottomed leather steering wheel|
|230V power convertor in second row|
|Salerno partial leather upholstery|
|Centre console with electronic parking brake|
|Dark headlining and pillars|
|Rear charging point|
|Flat bottomed leather steering wheel in sensico with red stitching|
|Sensico partial premium leather upholstery|
|B&O with large instrument cluster pack - Kuga|
|Powered child proof rear door locks with global closing|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system|
|Drivers knee airbag|
|3x3 point rear seatbelts|
|Ford MyKey Gen 2 safety system|
|Airbags - front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain|
|Powered child proof rear door locks|
|4 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest|
|10 way power adjustable drivers seat with memory function|
|2nd row sliding seats|
|Heated passenger and driver seats|
|Front and rear head restraints|
|10 way power adjustable drivers seat|
|8 way manual passenger seat including lumbar support and height adjust|
|Locking wheel nuts|
|Keyless start with 'Ford Power' starter button|
|Thatcham category 1 alarm|
|Remote powered central double locking doors|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||9.2|
|Engine Power - BHP||225|
|Engine Power - KW||165|
|Engine Power - PS|
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