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Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga was an SUV sold in Australia between 2012 and 2016. It was then replaced by the largely identical Ford Escape.

The mid-sized Kuga was based on the Ford C1 platform sharing a chassis and components with the Ford Focus. It is not to be confused with the Ford Cougar sports coupe sold in Australia from 1999 to 2004.

Before its discontinuation, the Kuga ranged in price from POA for the Kuga Ambiente (AWD) to POA for the Kuga Ambiente (AWD).

The Kuga came to Australia to compete with cars like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Over two generations it was powered by either petrol or diesel powertrains, notably from its Australian launch with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo shared with the Focus XR5 hot hatch.

This vehicle is also known as the Ford Escape.

Ford Kuga Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Kuga here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should the warranty on my 2015 Ford Kuga cover the clutch?

    Australian-delivered Fords didn’t get a five-year warranty until May 2018, so I’m assuming the warranty you’re talking about is an aftermarket one sold to you by the dealer when you bought the car a year ago. If so, then there’s very little chance that it will cover a failed clutch (or anything else much, for that matter) as these warranties are notoriously worthless. Disputing the ruling could well be a lost cause as the fine-print in the warranty will doubtless be written to favour the insurer.

    However, I fail to see how a failed clutch could cause a manual gearbox to fail, other than if the clutch was slowly dying and you were forced, over a period of time, to be brutal with the gear-shifter to select gears that didn’t want to cooperate. There is the chance that a clutch-pack breaking to pieces inside a dual-clutch transmission could, indeed, cause such a catastrophic failure, but as you haven’t told me what type of gearbox is fitted to your car, it’s a bit hard to say. That said, the Kuga got the wet-clutch version of Ford’s dual-clutch and not the vastly more troublesome dry-clutch Powershift unit. For that reason, the Kuga was not part of the recall that Ford issued for Ecosports, Fiestas and Focusses for transmission failures.

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  • Ford Kuga 2014: Power steering assist not working

    Take it to your Ford dealer and have them diagnose it and fix it for you.

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  • Ford Kuga 2014: Accelerator and reverse not working

    It sounds like a problem with the dual-clutch transmissions electronic control, so take the car to a Ford dealer and have it assessed. Turning the engine off and then restarting it again will often reboot the computer and fix the problem in the short term, but there is an underlying issue that needs to be fixed.

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  • Ford Kuga 2013: Automatic transmission problems

    It’s a dual-clutch auto similar to the ones that gave so much trouble in other models. As you say an auto transmission should last more than 80,000 km, it’s worth pursuing a claim for a replacement transmission.

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Ford Kuga Towing Capacity

The Ford Kuga has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2017 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2016 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2015 SUV 1200kg 1500kg
2014 SUV 1200kg 1500kg
2013 SUV 0kg 1500kg
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Ford Kuga Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ford Kuga varies based on the trim level you choose. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2017 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO
2016 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $11,000 $24,860
2015 SUV 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $9,100 $21,890
2014 SUV 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $7,800 $19,250
2013 SUV 1.6L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $7,000 $16,940
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Ford Kuga Wheel Size

The Ford Kuga has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x55 R17 for SUV in 2017 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2017 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2016 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2015 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2014 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2013 SUV 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 235x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Kuga Wheel Sizes

Ford Kuga Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ford Kuga SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2017 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
2016 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
2015 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
2014 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
2013 SUV 1713x1838x4524 mm 163 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Kuga Dimensions

Ford Kuga Fuel Consumption

The Ford Kuga is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.5L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2017 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2016 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2015 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2015 SUV 6.7L/100km 1.6L PULP 6 SP MAN
2014 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2014 SUV 6.3L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2013 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2013 SUV 6.7L/100km 1.6L PULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ford Kuga Pricing and Specs for 2017

Ford Kuga Interior

The interior of the Ford Kuga was strong for its time. A sleek dashboard design, quality trim, and leather in the high-grade models made it stand out as an impressive offering against some more budget-focused rivals. Check out our images to see what we mean.

Shown above are interior details for the Ford Kuga 2015.