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I have just placed and order for a 2021 KUGA FHEV , I was only able to test drive the PHEV model but was assured that the performance is pretty much the same on that the PHEV version that is able  able to travel further that the FHEV version on electric power alone is this the case.

What sort of distance can the FHEV travel on electric power before the petrol engine kicks in?

 

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I've not seen or tried a fhev version yet. But autocar magazine tested one, and by the sounds of it ,electric only distance is minimal and at very low speeds. 

Sounds very much like the Mondeo hybrid 

"As ever with a conventional hybrid, the Kuga starts silently on electric only, but it’s not long before the 2.5-litre petrol engine kicks in - anything above car park-pace starts it. To be fair, though, it’s a smooth transition and the powertrain is largely refined, with enough punch to make any sort of journey effortless.

The caveat above is down to the CVT: it's fine for pottering about, but as soon as you ask for more, it winds itself up, the engine note climbs to the top of the rev range and there it stays, wailing away. It settles down again once you ease off, but it lacks sophistication – and the Kuga PHEV with the same gearbox somehow manages to contain the whining better"

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10 minutes ago, iantt said:

Sounds very much like the Mondeo hybrid 

Autocar  have just started running a Mondeo hybrid as a long termer, so they usually put regular updates on their site.

Not getting anywhere near your diesel MPG though Ian - only 45.9 so far!

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1 minute ago, Eric Bloodaxe said:

Autocar  have just started running a Mondeo hybrid as a long termer, so they usually put regular updates on their site.

Not getting anywhere near your diesel MPG though Ian - only 45.9 so far!

Not likely when it's running on a petrol engine 99%of the time on a cvt and carrying a heavy battery

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I am not the sort of person that races around the local rooms but i want a vehicle that will pull promptly onto a roundabout either from a standstill or rolling ups to hill and not have the engine either die or have a wait for it accelerator with nothing and then suddenly everything.

I am coming from a Diesel Qashqai that had a real flat spot at around 1500 rpm and then suddenly all the power after it had though about it.

Does the FHEV run on electric  on a motorway when  running at a constant speed?

Do you get a rev counter displayed or just the EV information 

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Cant answer your questions unfortunately. Im not sure how long they have been out for. The battery is  small compared to the phev therefore it will only be able to help the engine rather than power the vehicle independently realistically. As the autocar test, it will power the car at very low speeds as in crawling through traffic in town etc. I have also found out the battery can keep the car coasting without the engine up to speeds of 62 mph for short periods as long as there is sufficient charge from regenerative braking. 

The phev will use battery power only up to 30 miles depending on journey types at most speeds . 

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There are no flat spots on the FHEV and as the salesman said the performance is pretty much the same. I've found you can only get around 1-2 miles a time on battery only, the system is seemless and the battery part is assisting all of the time. It can run on electric only onna motorway but it won't be for very long. There isn't a rev counter either just a "power" indication to show how much load you're putting on the engine

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You can only get out of a battery what you put in. It does seem it you want an ability to run a reasonable distance (30 miles or so) on electric power alone, then you need a PHEV and the ability to charge it overnight so you always start with a fully charged battery

I found this on the Toyota site which is quite interesting, showing how far their FHEV cars ran on electric during customer test drives:

https://www.toyota.co.uk/hybrid/hybrid-test-drive

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6 hours ago, MasterTechTip said:

There are no flat spots on the FHEV and as the salesman said the performance is pretty much the same. I've found you can only get around 1-2 miles a time on battery only, the system is seemless and the battery part is assisting all of the time. It can run on electric only onna motorway but it won't be for very long. There isn't a rev counter either just a "power" indication to show how much load you're putting on the engine

Thanks you for your feedback - i just want a vehicle that performs as it should do - my last vehicle a 1.5 diesel Qashqai was ok at roundabouts if you had a run up but if you were forced to slow down its was too much for second gear you would have to wait for it to wake up or that horrible jerk you get if you go to 1st gear - and this time i have gone for the CVT auto and a engine what a reasonable amount of power

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  • 4 months later...

22MY Kuga ST line X Edition FHEV 2.5 CVT Solar Silver / 20'' 5x2 spoke alloys / Technology pack / Drivers assistance pack

I have had my car since 1st November now and covered 1800 miles with a return of 500 being electric. The car has exceeded my expectations with its all round capability.

Local journeys for example school runs 2-3 mile with speeds of around 30mph are all electric, I have been travelling down the east lancs road the last couple of weeks covering roughly 20 mile and had a return of about 16 miles electric at speeds of around 50mph.

The spec is spot on with only the all wheel drive option missing.

10/10.

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