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FORD KUGA 4x4 2008‑2012

4.6
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Ford Kuga 4x4

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sjw01

Over delivered

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X 5dr Powershift (Review date: 27th August '14)

4.5

I bought my Ford Kuga on the back of different circumstances having previously driven much more expensive and prestige 4x4. I wanted a sporty but practical drive that would tow.I fancied bit of a sporty drive with 4x4 all round capability on a reasonable budget and that is what I got

The car has over delivered in many areas. It is surprisingly agile and comfortable and always cleans up well. Great towcar with a 2 tonne plus capacity and pound for pound delivered all the toys as a late used buy op of the range model compared to many rivals.

One of its weaknesses are the 19inch wheels. Too big for the car but transformed when fitted with Pirelli all season tyres. Forget winter and summer options. This fitment got rid of all the wear noise and geometry problems and it plugs muddy fields and still goes round corners! 18 inch all season would be my choice though.Why do car makers think we want huge wheels that are useless in the snow and ice or compromise a versatile country car?

Service is fair. MPG is okay in the mid to late 30s, but never 40. Tyres again have helped. Totally reliable and well built. Paint finish is excellent. Navigation is not the greatest but acceptable Stereo good and easy to pair mobile phones.Trim is surprisingly well screwed together with no rattles or sloppy panels.Boot space is very adequate . it will swallow a fridge freezer with the seats down. Rear passenger legroom a bit poor but okay for children

The fact so many competitors have ripped off the styling shows what a great job Ford did on the looks. Mine is the last of the old model. The split tailgate is so useful. You wont appreciate till you have one.

Its not perfect and the BMW X3 is overall a more desirable car as is the ML but for the money you cant knock it and its not a huge 'in your face' monster If badge status is not everything and you want a good all-round car that drives and takes on the elements well you could do a lot worse

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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liz64

Good looking car

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr 2WD (Review date: 5th April '14)

5

I love my Kuga, reason for sale is upgrading to the new model, plenty space in boot, nice drive and nice car to look at

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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ardbloke

My Kuga

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Zetec 5dr (Review date: 7th March '14)

4.8

I bought this car almost 2 years ago. I have done almost 20000 miles in this vehicle with my daily commute of 75 miles round trip. It is comfortable and quiet when running. The day i bought the car ithe eml came on and indicated a DPF problem. This was immediately rectified by the dealer. a new DPF was fitted. A few months later the eml came on again. DPF fault again. This was rectified by an independent Ford garage. He claimed it was a common fault and there was nothing to be concerned about. The light still comes on occasionally and goes out on its own or is put out by myself with a reader i purchased. The problem is most probably the DPF sensor not the DPF. But Ford should recall these early models and replace with new upgraded sensor. The car is a pleasure to drive and is ample for a small to medium family four adults sit in comfort. Economy is not the best at 38 - 40MPG. But in the hills where i live when it snows we are never stuck. Ford recall and fit the new sensor to make your used customers very happy.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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nathalie

Love this car!

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr 2WD (Review date: 28th January '14)

5

Fab to drive, feel safe and have great view of the road. Great value for money compared to other 4x4s. Absolutely recommend!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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colin51

Excellent all round drive and comfort

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 4th November '13)

5

This car has been great and I would love to keep it but work dictates.

The all round comfort and security has been good and the drive economy great. It just makes you feel safe. I will miss it.

Colin51

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dragonback

TITANIUM X 163 AWD

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X 5dr (Review date: 26th September '13)

4.5

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

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mrkd_67

Great Looking, Reliable But Thirsty!

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 13th September '13)

4.5

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!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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kugadriver

Delight Turned to Total Disappointment...

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 26th March '13)

1

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).

Practicality

1 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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iaing

Overall a brilliant car

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr (Review date: 31st January '13)

4.8

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.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dragonback

163 Titanium X

FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium X 5dr (Review date: 31st January '13)

4

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

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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