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FORD KUGA 4x4 2008‑2012
50 owner reviews for FORD KUGA 4x4 2008‑2012
Excellent all round drive and comfort
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 4th November '13)
TITANIUM X 163 AWD
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X 5dr (Review date: 26th September '13)
had kuga 8 months have done 6k since new do not trust the onscreen mpg as that says 32.9mpg its doing around 40mpg in real terms,people used to complain about tyre noise i have not heard out and its running 19" anyhow thats why we a have radio in suv still not been on a motorway so can not see what its doing mpg rise still loving my kuga old shape is the better shape
Great Looking, Reliable But Thirsty!
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 13th September '13)
I purchased my 61 plate Zetec 140 4WD new in October 2011 based on its sporty looks, Ford reliability and official mpg figures.
I also wanted 4 wheel drive given the fact we had just come through 2 terrible winters.
It comes up trumps on its looks (frozen white with appearance pack and optional 18" alloys). It has also been extremely reliable and is very well bolted together. Its a pleasure to drive, is powerful enough to be able to overtake safely and corners really well for a small SUV.
The biggest disappointment has been the mpg (bearing in mind I bought the car on the back of Fords official figures). Most of my driving is on motorways and semi-rural yet I struggle to get 40mpg, my average is about 38mpg which is very disappointing considering I don't hammer the throttle.
That said I still love the car and would highly recommend the Kuga so long as your not too concerned about economy!
Delight Turned to Total Disappointment...
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 26th March '13)
Was so excited to get my new Ford Kuga hoping it was going to be the perfect solution for my mainly motorway journeys to work and back. Picked it up and was delighted, seemed to give the reliability, safety and delight to drive I had hoped for and then the trouble began... Big Red Warning Triangle Engine Malfunction lights flashing and beeping, back and to from the dealer who didn't seem to have a clue, stated as it was not leaving "codes" on the system they couldn't do anything as diagnostic equipment not picking up fault, despite purposely driving to them and showing the fault in true flashing red colour! Engineers, Ford technical couldn't make head or tail of it whilst I go through the worry, torment, expense, inconvenience, unreliability of a four month old vehicle causing problems on busy motorway drives. Eventually "a" fault was repaired but there is no guarantee that it has resolved all problems as each time the light came on it could have related to different issues. Ford and the dealers do not want to know about the difficulties it has caused supplying a faulty vehicle, its fixed is their attitude. I now have no faith or delight in driving the vehicle, costs soared and practicality ruined, does not suit the lifestyle or purpose it was purchased for. Ford will certainly not be my next choice of vehicle and wish I had carried on driving past the dealers and stuck with my original choice, we live and learn (sometimes the hard way).
Overall a brilliant car
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr (Review date: 31st January '13)
A change of circumstances meant that an estate or SUV was needed. My preferred Merc or BMW estates are both hopeless in snow and ice so I went for an SUV. I test drove several but found that by far the best mix of practicality, costs and sheer driver appeal was found in the Kuga. The Titanium model gave a much better spec and interior than the Zetec . I also preferred the 4WD option over the 2WD model for the small amount of money I would have saved. Having now owned it for 7 months I still love the car and look forward to driving it every day. The good points are that it's brilliant and very car like to drive with little body roll. It's roomy and comfortable with a lot of storage including under the rear seat footwells and bins underneath the rear seats. It's very quiet and refined except when accelerating hard, is light and easy around town and cruises brilliantly on the motorway. The CD player is of great quality and all switches and dials feel really well screwed together. I'm getting 35mpg around town and over 40 cruising. I have also found that I get better mpg with a quality fuel ie Shell or Esso rather than supermarket stuff. The boot and interior space is great for my needs but those with dogs and kids and the kit that goes with them may need something that offers more. I also stayed well away from the 18 inch diamond cut alloys which scuff far too easily, water gets into the damage and ruins the wheels in no time - be warned! There are a few design gaffs by Ford though. No footrest for your left foot, wipers that will scrape paint off the rear edge of your bonnet if you lift the wipers off the screen to wash it and a stupid arrangement which means that you can only open the bonnet with a key. Check out the appearance pack too - this is the tinted rear windows. They are very dark and although they are great to protect your valuables and keep the sun off passengers they make reversing difficult even on a bright day and a serious challenge at night. I had reversing lights retro fitted and feel safer now. So far it's been totally reliable, tax is reasonable as is my insurance. Overall it's a brilliant car to drive and to use and the fact that it's such a good looking machine makes it a pleasure to own.
163 Titanium X
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X 5dr (Review date: 31st January '13)
had this car (suv) 3 weeks bought brand new jan 12th 2013 wanted this shape and not the new shape due out end of jan cos this looks like a 4x4 not like all the other ford cars now a days,plus cos it was the last one in the showroom i got at a great deal with plenty of extras.review remember only had 3 weeks mpg is coming in at 37mpg not seen a motorway as yet just A roads handling is great and in the snow its great as long as its not that deep,i am 6ft 2ins and my kids 1&3yrs old have plenty of room in the back seats even plenty of leg space to say there in car seats,up to now i can not fault it.but only had 3 weeks
Excellent vehicle - Far better than I had expected.
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr (Review date: 18th October '12)
I wanted a 4x4 that was suitable for business meetings, not too flash. Customers can be lost if it looks like your making too much money. The Kuga has proved to be the perfect choice. People see the Ford badge and dismiss is as run of the mill. Its anything but.
I eventually went for a 1yr old ex-manager car, Titanium X-Pack, with Appearance & Convenience Pack, Panorama roof, full leather and 7"Sat Nav. But only 18' wheels which I preferred. All the extras really elevate the driving experience, if your budget can cope it makes all the difference. Very easy to drive, excellent sound system and comfortable ride. I've owned it for 3 years / 60,000 miles now so regrettably time to change.
As with other owners, the diamond cut alloys began to corrode after 18months but Ford didn't want to know. I had a big fright when the Sat nav head unit (which also controls the heater and radio) packed up 3 months out of warranty. Initially Ford wanted £3000 for replacement but after kicking up a fuss they came back with £1000 and eventually we settled on £300. I took out a Warranty Direct insurance after that for £25 per month. Typically nothing has gone wrong since. But I'm not complaining.
I use the car for commuting so the small boot is not an issue, its not big enough for 5 passengers luggage though. On the flip side the short length (and reasonably narrow width) makes it easy to park. The relaxed driving style (and an engine that offers little above 2,500 rpm) encourages good mpg, 46 is my average on mixed roads. The Continental tyres last 30,000 miles and give fantastic performance in all conditions. Only an idiot could get this thing stuck in the snow, even in the worst winters it just ploughs on.
I was dubious about buying a Ford, but by common consent they have upped their game, which according to some now surpasses VW. I have been so impressed I've have also bought an S-max to be the family runabout, and I keep the kids out of my Kuga.
New KUGA driver and loving it!
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 3rd July '12)
Having looked at numerous 4x4s we finally looked at the KUGA and didnt look back. It provided all the spec we were looking for and more, although only owning it for approx 2 months we couldnt be happier.
Switch off the auto air con and the fuel consumption is pretty reasonable for an AWD, main mileage is done during busy motorway driving but we are achieving a reasonably healthy 50-53MPG. If an eco drive mode was available I think this could be further improved which is the only downfall we find at the moment. We dont find it noisy and early days with regards to additional running costs although a service scheme was purchased to cover thiese to a large extent.
My drive to work has become comfortable, enjoyable and as far as motorway driving can go, pleasurable, the size of the vehicle also assists with the motorway bully drivers!!
The boot space suits our requirements & the dogs are quite happy there too.
So far really good and really happy, pure enjoyment.....
Fantastic........but lots of road noise
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 22nd June '12)
Bought a titanium fully loaded and it is fantastic. Lots of toys and gadgets to play with. The Sony DAB radio is brilliant. Getting approx. 42mpg from a measured fill, the computer is a bit more optimistic saying it is closer to 45mpg. So for a big car with a light foot 42-45 is very good. The engine is really responsive and very quiet, how did I live without cruise control! Voice command is also very good when you can remember all the commands!
Now the bad bit.....the road or is it tyre noise is horrendous, I cannot believe Ford released this vehicle like this. I'm now choosing lanes on the motorway with the smoothest road surface. I will not be keeping this vehicle very long, it will have to go, it's really disappointing. I tried a Qashqai and in comparison it was ultra quiet and refined. The Kuga absorbs all the potholes etc but the dreaded road noise is awful. In fairness the Kuga is fantastic and well put together, but I cannot and will not live with it. Not many other readers reviews have commented on this but for me it is a major issue for an expensive car. I'm off to buy a nice quiet Qashqai.