Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid Video Review

A capable Plug-In Hybrid SUV that houses a beefy 2.5L petrol engine and returns better fuel economy than a diesel SUV


Spacious and practical

Good to drive

Enhanced Hybrid appeal


Overall rating

Battery slightly reduces boot space

Higher upfront cost

Infotainment feels dated compared to rivals


The Ford Kuga, a perennial favorite among Irish families, now comes in its latest Plug-In Hybrid variant, adding environmental sustainability to its list of attributes.

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Space & Practicality


The Kuga PHEV makes a slight concession in the boot to accommodate the battery pack, but still offers a generous level of space. The Kuga also features a practical sliding seat function, enabling the adjustment of boot space in exchange for rear seat passenger room based on specific requirements. When the seats are pushed forward, the available boot space reaches up to 580 litres, albeit at the expense of passenger seat legroom. Levers are provided for seat folding from the rear, enhancing overall usability. Wide opening rear doors, Isofix and a good amount of legroom make it a family friendly affair in the back. The finish of the cabin as a whole is of a high quality, contributing positively to its overall appeal.

Equipment and Safety


The cabin offers a generous sense of space, creating a comfortable and open atmosphere. The driver's seat in the ST-line model of our test car allows for electric adjustments, ensuring a personalized and comfortable driving position. The inclusion of stylish red-stitched sports seats and a sturdy flat-bottom steering wheel adds to the sporty feel. The infotainment system is managed through an 8-inch touchscreen display with built-in SatNav. It's equipped with essential features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is a good job because despite the system's overall functionality, some may find the graphics and screen placement a bit dated. 

Overall, the cabin is well-designed, balancing quality with durability – an important aspect for a family car. The materials used convey a sense of sturdiness, meeting the demands of family life.


Performance & Running Costs


The Kuga is equipped with a robust 2.5-litre petrol engine, a rare occurance in today's market. This engine affords the vehicle a reassuring and capable performance, adeptly managing its size and weight. Despite the additional load from the onboard battery pack, the fuel economy remains impressive, averaging approximately 6l/100km when the battery is depleted—not bad for a large petrol SUV.

Regarding its electric capabilities, the Kuga has an estimated range of around 56 km. In most scenarios, this seems quite feasible. Even with a more spirited driving style, a comfortable 40 km or more is a reasonable expectation. A full charge takes just three and a half hours, making it very easy to live with, especially for individuals with access to charging facilities at work and home. This could see some people's commuting bills essentially disappear and where the whole PHEV idea really starts to make sense. 

Driving the Kuga in either mode offers a pleasing experience. In electric mode, the vehicle operates notably quieter and smoother, with the transition to petrol power having a minimal impact on refinement. Sound insulation in the cabin is impressive, and the handling as solid and predictable as you might expect of a family car. 

Reliability & Residuals


The Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid starts at around €45,000, which is competitive compared to rivals. It carries out all of its tasks competently, looks good and can now tick the box for green driving credentials too. It's a great all-rounder and certainly one of the stand-outs in its class when it comes to sheer versatility. Ford has a fairly solid reputation when it comes to reliability and resale values should be strong as a result. 

Facts & Figures

Car Tested: Ford Kuga ST-Line X PHEV

Car Tested Price: €53,466

Starting Price


Fuel Economy


0 - 100kms



225 PS










412 - 580l

NCAP safety rating


About the author

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Sinead McCann

Sinéad is our resident car tester who has the unenviable (-ok, slightly enviable) task of reviewing all the latest new cars to hit the market. You can follow her on Twitter @smcani and on Instagram @whatshedrives