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Performance and Efficiency

Potent performance and smooth responsiveness matched by outstanding fuel efficiency and low emissions: the Kuga delivers it all in one precision engineered package.

Features shown on this page may only be available on selected models. Where available, these features may be optional extras at additional cost. For more info, download price list to view current UK specifications.

Power and efficiency without compromise

The EcoBoost petrol engine options use a combination of direct fuel injection and turbo-charging to deliver outstanding power and efficiency. The 1.5 litre engine produces 120-176 PS of power.

A smart diesel option

Prefer diesel? Our range of 2.0 litre TDCi engines incorporate the latest technology to improve power, torque and economy, whilst reducing emissions. The available engines can produce 120, 150, or a potent 180 PS of power. Whichever engine you choose, you‘ll also have an option of a manual or advanced automatic transmission.

Ford TDCi engine

Use less fuel with Auto-Start-Stop

When you stop at traffic lights or your vehicle is idling in a queue, this technology can automatically switch off the engine (while still supplying power to essentials like the headlights, air-conditioning, radio and the Ford SYNC system). When you're ready to move, just depress the clutch and select first gear as usual, or press the accelerator on an automatic, and the system restarts. Auto-Start-Stop is particularly effective in town and city streets, where it can cut fuel consumption by up to 10% (urban cycle).

Swift, manual gear changes

A 6-speed manual gearbox has a high torque capacity and delivers smooth, swift and accurate gear-changes. To help optimise fuel efficiency, a shift indicator icon on the instrument panel tells you when to change gear.

Ford manual gearbox detail
Ford PowerShift gearbox in detail

Ford PowerShift. Fast and fuel saving

The S-MAX features an advanced new automatic transmission. With improved acceleration and super-smooth gear changes, it’s engineered from the ground up to enhance your driving experience, optimise fuel efficiency, and maximise performance. And with an elegant, space-saving new rotary gear shifter, you can select gears with a simple turn of a dial.

Change gears fast, with your fingertips

Normally only found on high end sports cars, Paddle Shifters are available with your Kuga. This racing-inspired technology puts swift, effortless gear changes at your fingertips. And because the Paddle Shifters are mounted on the steering wheel, you can change gear more efficiently when cornering.

Ford paddle shift controls

Engines that meet strict standards

Whether you choose the petrol or diesel engine for your Kuga, it will meet Euro Stage 6.2 emission standards.

Red Ford Kuga near the seaside