The Ford Kuga has been a popular vehicle that remains a stalwart on Europe’s best-selling vehicles list each and every year, and that success also includes the plug-in hybrid variant of the same crossover. In fact, the Ford Kuga PHEV was Europe’s best-selling plug-in vehicle in 2021, a distinction that carried over to 2022 as well. Through the first half of 2023, the Ford Kuga ranked as one of the top 25 best-selling vehicles in Europe, and the PHEV variant also ranked at the very top of that segment as well. Thus, it should come as no huge surprise to learn that the Ford Kuga PHEV closed out 2023 as Europe’s most popular plug-in for the third consecutive year.
Though no specific sales data has been released just yet, Ford revealed that the Kuga PHEV was the top-seller in Europe last year, with customers scooping up 25 percent more of them compared to the second-ranked plug-in. Now, with the recent debut of the refreshed Kuga, that success looks primed to continue for the foreseeable future, particularly as Europe continues its electrified transition.
On the outside, the refreshed Ford Kuga features the same sharper styling as the Ford Escape, both inside and out. Notably, it’s also sporting the updated Blue Oval badge up front, coupled with a light bar for its trio of trim levels – Titanium, ST-Line, and the brand new Active, the latter of which adds plastic cladding, a slightly higher ride height, and Trail mode for excursions that might take place off the pavement.
The same goes for inside the cabin, where the refreshed Ford Kuga gets the same 13.2-inch infotainment screen running Sync 4 as the Escape, along with its 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. In terms of powertrains, shoppers get a handful of interesting choices – the 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost making 148 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 2.5L hybrid powertrain producing either 177 horsepower in front-wheel drive guise or 180 horsepower for all-wheel drive variants, and the PHEV, which gives the 2.5L gas/electric combination an output of 240 horsepower – 30 more than the Escape PHEV, notably, as well as 43 miles of electric-only driving range on the WLTP cycle.