2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid: fuel economy, prices and specifications

Want an electrified SUV but not quite ready to jump to a fully electric one? The new Ford Kuga Hybrid may be just what you’re after

James Allen
Dec 7, 2020

The Ford Kuga is already available with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid engine options, but Ford’s family SUV is now available in another electrified flavour: the succinctly-named Kuga Hybrid.

Essentially, the Ford Kuga Hybrid sits in the middle-ground between the mild and plug-in versions of the car. Unlike the mild hybrid option, the conventional hybrid can be driven for short periods of time on electric power alone. However, because it has a small 1.1kWh battery, the Kuga Hybrid can’t get close to the plug-in’s electric-only driving range of up to 35 miles.

While the Kuga Hybrid also can’t match the diesel mild hybrid in terms of fuel economy (as that offers up to 56mpg) or the petrol plug-in hybrid (up to 202mpg), it is still fairly efficient - Ford claims up to 48mpg is possible, which is pretty decent for a predominantly petrol-powered family SUV. Likewise, the Kuga Hybrid promises to be quite a practical SUV, as Ford claims there’s up to 1,481 litres of luggage space with the rear seats folded down.

As the Ford Kuga Hybrid is only available in the more expensive trim levels, it’s also one of the pricier Kuga versions on sale at the moment. The range starts at £33,600 for cars in ST-Line spec, and climbs to £36,040 if you go for the flagship Vignale version.

Quick facts

  • New Ford Kuga Hybrid revealed
  • Fuel economy of up to 48mpg
  • 2.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor
  • Available in ST-Line and Vignale trims
  • Prices from £33,600
  • On sale now

2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid performance

Under the bonnet of the Ford Kuga Hybrid is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is paired to an electric motor. Ford hasn’t confirmed how much low engine speed muscle the car has, though it has said the hybrid system produces up to 190hp - which makes this version one of the most powerful Ford Kugas on sale right now.

The Kuga Hybrid is also able to return up to 48mpg, which is a fairly good improvement over the 42mpg that Kugas with the 1.5-litre non-hybrid petrol engine can return. However, the diesel models are still king when it comes to fuel economy - for instance, the most efficient 1.5-litre diesel is capable of up to 67mpg.

Power in the Ford Kuga Hybrid is set to the front wheels only, meaning that you get no four-wheel drive ability to match the off-roader looks. Likewise, the gearbox options are limited to the same automatic gearbox that Ford uses on the Kuga Plug-in Hybrid.

Ford Kuga Hybrid vs Ford Kuga Plug-in Hybrid

On paper, the conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford Kuga are pretty similar. After all, both versions have a 2.5-litre petrol engine under the bonnet, and have additional assistance from an electric motor. However, there are some noticeable differences between the two.

First off, the 225hp plug-in hybrid is a bit more powerful than the conventional Kuga Hybrid. However, because of the extra weight of the plug-in’s 14.4kWh battery, its claimed 0-62mph acceleration time of 9.2 seconds is a tenth of a second slower than the one quoted for the Kuga Hybrid.

That big battery does at least mean the plug-in Kuga can, according to Ford, be driven on electric power alone for up to 35 miles on a full charge. In comparison, Ford claims that the Kuga Hybrid (which has a much smaller 1.1kWh battery) only has enough electric-only range to cover 'short periods' of time before it runs out of charge.

The plug-in hybrid’s on-paper 202mpg fuel economy (which relies on you regularly charging the battery) is also a huge leap over the regular hybrid’s 48mpg. However, because the Kuga Hybrid’s 54-litre fuel tank is nine litres larger than the plug-in, it’s claimed to have the better maximum driving range - according to Ford, the Kuga Hybrid can cover over 600 miles on a full tank of petrol, whereas the plug-in hybrid version can manage around 430 miles.

2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid specifications

The Ford Kuga Hybrid is only available in the three most expensive trim levels: ‘ST-Line’, ‘ST-Line X’ and ‘Vignale’. While this does make the Kuga Hybrid one of the pricier Kuga models on sale, it does at least mean the car is available with a good amount of standard equipment.

ST-Line cars come as standard with a digital instrument display, an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system, a 10-speaker sound system, keyless entry and safety assists such as cruise control and lane departure warning. Going for the ST-Line X trim adds items like a panoramic sunroof and heated front seats to the spec sheet, and the plusher Vignale grade comes with additional features such as a head-up display - which beams driving information onto the windscreen - and an autonomous driving assist that can help with parallel parking.

2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid practicality

Ford hasn’t yet revealed all of the dimensions data for the Kuga Hybrid, though the info we do have suggests it will have practicality on par with the plug-in hybrid version. According to Ford, the Kuga Hybrid has up to 1,481 litres of luggage volume with the rear seats folded flat, which is the same as the Kuga Plug-in Hybrid and a bit down on the 1,534 litres of space in the conventionally-powered Kugas.

Using the plug-in hybrid version as a reference, the Kuga Hybrid should have around 580 litres of luggage space available with the rear seats up. If the Kuga Plug-in is anything to go by, the Kuga Hybrid will likely also have the same amount of cabin space as the other Kuga variants - meaning there should be a good amount of head and leg room in the front and rear seats.

2020 Ford Kuga Hybrid prices and release date

The new Ford Kuga Hybrid is available to order now, with the first deliveries due to begin in early 2021. Prices start at £33,600 for ST-Line versions, and rise to £34,740 for the ST-Line X spec and to £36,040 for the range-topping Vignale variant.

 

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