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FORD KUGA 4x4 2008‑2012
50 owner reviews for FORD KUGA 4x4 2008‑2012
Too thirsty and too many niggles!
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 25th March '12)
After a couple of BMW 320 diesels, I decided it was time for a change. After trying out the Honda CRV, VW Passat, Audi A4, I went for a Kuga Titanium 163 AWD. I negotiated a good deal on a new one in white, although I wasn't happy that I had to have that ghastly blacked out rear glass - it came with a free appearance pack.
The car seemed much smaller on the inside than from the outside - a tardis in reverse - and the half leather interior looked a bit tacky. However, the ride quality was excellent and the diesel engine, although a little gruff on acceleration, quite responsive and smooth. Fuel consumption around our country lanes was around 38-40 mpg, which I thought reasonable for such a big bodied car.
The hated privacy glass was only partly responsible for me failing to see a car passing behind me in a supermarket car park at dusk and a slight graze on the rear bumper cost me my policy excess. Then a 300 mile round trip on dual carriageways and motorways saw the fuel consumption drop to 34 mpg, with a steady 70 mph stretch over 30 miles showing just 31 mpg. Not good!
The list of niggles began to grow. The automatic wipers had a mind of their own, I could never find the cruise control buttons at night, the doors "bounced", rather than shut firmly, having to use a key to open the bonnet was a pain, the capless fuel filler system (non-lockable!) sometimes refused to release the fuel nozzle, and the boot was too small for a family of four.
The best thing about the car was when I came to trade it in after just 4 months and 5000 miles. I only lost just over 10% of its price from new.
Also, it was brilliant on the one day of the winter that we had snow.
Our Kuga will be sadly missed....
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr (Review date: 7th March '12)
Sadly we've just sold our Kuga after three and a bit years.
As most of the other reviews have said on here, its a great car.... it's handling is fantastic for such a tall car, it feels like you driving a normal hatchback, and the 2.0 tdci has plenty of power.
It's been reliable and cheap enough to service and run.
I think they still look fantastic, I'd say they've got to be one of the best looking 4x4s on the road, sadly those looks do come at the expense of boot space...for a big car, you'd expect its boot to be bigger than the focus' and that is the main reason we've had to part company....
...which brings me nicely to a major plus point, the Kuga's residual value is amazing! We traded ours in and still retained 65% of what we paid from brand new, not many cars give you that return!
Overall, this is the the best car I've owned to date, and would have bought another one, except for our growing needs for space.
As a side note, the only thing I would say to look out for if you're buying one is the 18" Alloys finish....they have the 'diamond' cut finish, as so many do these days. The problem comes when the lacquer gets a tiny chip or crack in it, then water gets behind and bubbles it, which looks horrible.
Good quality of materials, beats competitors hands down
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 22nd January '12)
After many weeks of shopping up and down the country at different dealerships comparing used against new i managed to finally track down a good deal on a brand new Kuga. I found that prices used (1-2yrs old) were not much different than new which gave me confidence that used values were good. The only thing which put me off buying used was the first generation Kuga had a really wacky interior colour scheme, bight orange or bright blue. The latest newer shapes had more neutral grey colours (2009 onwards). I chose to go for a brand new (2010) and chose the 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr 2WD, as recommended by all dealers. I checked out the Zetec and it didnt have much kit and apprently no one buys the 4WD so gave that a miss too. First impressions were good, it came with heaps of kit , including the blacked out windows, roof rails and sony DAB bluetooth radio at no extra cost. I also was lucky enough to get the upgraded alloys 18inch at no extra cost The wife was quite reserved on the KUGA, as she had been used to driving a focus and Astra over the years and didnt like the sound of change. After sitting with my wife on her first drive within minutes she loved it. She is very protective over the KUGA and very rarely lets me near it. I on the other hand am a little niggled with the KUGA and disappointed with the aftersale care. The KUGA has been back in to the dealership about 8 times with a number of problems, wing mirror whistling, door rubber not fitted properly and an ongoing vibration with hitting speeds on the motorway. The first two problems were solved but the vibration problem lives on. The vibration is only a minor problem, but annoying problem. I really like the car and would recommend it. I have a 14yr old and 7 yr old and i can fit them both with their clobba plus my wife and all her junk in it with no problems whatsoever. The boot is massive. The high up sitting position is good too, makes you feel higher than everyone else and visability is good. Before buying the KUGA I test drove the Nissan Qashqai, VW Tiguan and the BMW X3 and the Ford KUGA beat them all hands down.
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 22nd January '12)
The kuga is very spacious inside comfortably carrying 5 passengers and luggage on holiday, but we also have a roof box. Mpg on long journeys is about 35 daily use drops down to 32 mpg. I have owned it for nearly 2 years it's on a 09 plate and had 7k on at purchase it has now 15k and has cost me nothing apart from the interim services & a set of wipers. The road tax is cheap £125 for year insurance with 12 years NCD £400 with 2 named drivers, I lowered the suspension though and pay £500 a year. The car is a real pleasure to drive we find putting the steering onto sports in the driver control panel plus lowering it has given the car a solid feel as standard we felt it was a little light and too high. Overall we are very happy with the kuga and would recommend to anyone in the market for one, they appear to be holding good value aswell we paid £18k and they only look to have dropped a grand or so. ENJOY!!!
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FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 19th January '12)
The best Ford we have owned
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium 5dr (Review date: 18th January '12)
Although we have only had this car a couple of months,it is without doubt one of the best cars we have ever had and certainly the best Ford we have owned. Considering the fact that we went from a BMW that we had for 5 years to the Kuga, that is high praise indeed.
The car is big enough to give you a sense of a commanding road presence and still small enough to cope with supermarket car parking spaces.
The seating is comfortable and firm although a little cramped if there are three adults in the back.
The boot may be a little small for a large family but it is absolutely fine for us as a couple,and the rear seats fold to give a massive load area if you need to transport anything big
The ride is fantastic, potholes and bumps are absorbed with no driver discomfort.
The quality of trim is easily comparable to the top end marques, we have no complaints about the plastics/matreials used.
The car is driven on a daily commute of approx 70 miles of mixed motorway ,town and A road driving and has been returning a satisfactory mpg of around 38-40.
To anyone considering purchasing a Kuga I would say look at a 163 hp model as opposed to the 140, the difference in power when driving is very noticable. The Titanium gives you a few more toys to play with than the zetec and we think it was worth the extra.
All in all, so far she has been an amazing car that has turned heads wherever we have been.
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi 140 Titanium 5dr 2WD (Review date: 16th January '12)
Its the best car I have driven, great value for money.
Very good family car with loads of space. Top specification with X pack, panoramic view etc adds to luxury. We have driven 22000 miles with no trouble what so ever. Fuel economy is not very good for the size of the car. 2 WD runs like a dream, even on snow, didnt feel that I needed a 4 WD.
Overall its a wonderful darling.
Kuga - constantly breaking down
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Zetec 5dr (Review date: 13th September '11)
I had a Ford Kuga and was really pleased with it until one day, in the rain on holiday, the battery went dead for no reason (car was only a year old). It took the AA nearly 2 hours to get it going again and it went into a dealership, who failed to diagnose a fault. A few months later, same thing happened, only this time it had to be towed to the dealership who (spot the common theme?) failed to find a fault. This happened on 5 or 6 different occasions - on every occasion it wouldn't start, and sometimes we also got problems with the electrics - indicators not working, strange error messages, central locking not working etc. On each occasion that it went into the garage, we had the usual debate about who pays to get it to them, whether there are courtesy cars available, etc. They never got to the bottom of it and as I drive around with young children in the back, I couldn't keep it any longer. I sold it to the only dealership who would touch it for an enormous loss due to its ongoing oblems. Ford customer service not prepared to help other than to say if you buy another Ford full price, we'll give you a couple of free services. Would YOU buy another Ford after that experience? I would steer clear of Ford Kugas - all style and no substance.
FORD KUGA 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr (Review date: 4th August '11)
Have been running my Kuga from new for almost 40,000 miles over two years.
Fabulous car - swallows up gear when we're travelling with dog and luggage, effortless on motorway and most importantly for us (living up in the Pennines) 4x4 means we can get anywhere at any time of year.
No problems to date, only expenditure four new tyres at 36,000 miles.
If it continues in this vein I'll be swapping it for a new one at three years old - can't see anythig else on the market in the price bracket that I like as much!