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Ford Focus is now the brand's only passenger car available with a diesel, as Kuga crossover goes petrol-only

Ford has axed diesel engine options for the Kuga mid-sized SUV, claiming demand has shifted to petrol and hybrid powertrains. 

The Kuga is the second Ford model to lose its diesel engine in recent years, after the diesel Fiesta was dropped in 2020. 

It was previously available with a choice of a 1.5- or 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel engines, producing up to 187bhp. The Kuga now instead offers full-hybrid and plug-in options alongside Ford’s 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. 

“The petrol, full-hybrid and petrol plug-in are the future and where the demand is,” a Ford spokesperson told Autocar. "This move simplifies Kuga’s powertrain line-up to help customers understand and navigate increasing electrified engine options."

Just 10% of Kuga sales were diesel, whereas hybrid and petrol options are increasingly popular choices.

The change means the only Ford passenger car to retain a diesel engine is the Focus, while the Fiesta, Ecosport, Puma, Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy use either petrol or hybrid powertrains. 

Other manufacturers have also removed diesel options from sale. Seat axed diesel variants of the Ibiza and Arona in 2020, and Volvo pulled the diesel XC40 and S90. 

Diesel models have fallen out of favour with UK buyers to the extent that just 5.1% of car registrations in November 2021 were oil-burners, while electrified purchases continue to rise. Diesel models had held a 50% market share as recently as 2014. 

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) registrations rose to 39.7% year on year, while battery-electric models (BEVs) recorded a 110% increase.

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giulivo 9 December 2021

Uhmmmm no. Until hydrogen piicks up, modern, clean Diesels are still the way to go for low CO2 for longer journeys or people who don't have a charging facility or have to travel to remote locations. It's still the most carbon efficient form of propulsion, from well to wheel. Old Diesels, or the ones with cheat devices, have high level of local pollution when used in congested cities. Demonizing modern Diesels does nothing to solve that problem. 

Mercedes seem to be the only ones offering plug-in Diesel; certainly a great solution to combine local emission-free short journeys and high efficiency on longer ones, also to schlepp around those heavy batteries.

567 9 December 2021

Still plenty of used diesel vehicles on the market. That's not going to change during this decade.

Cé hé sin 9 December 2021
That's fascinating. Is this anti diesel thing peculiar to the UK? I've just looked up the stats for Ireland this year and about 80% of Kugas are diesel and if anything the percentage is increasing.
scotty5 9 December 2021

Exclusive to UK? Of course not.

Rather than look at the past you should be looking at the future - Ford website in Ireland, no longer has diesel as an option. 

Kuga diesel not available in France, Spain, Netherlands etc either. Oddly enough you can still order one in Germany. That's sure to change.

Whether we like it or not, deisel is disappearing.

Cé hé sin 9 December 2021

So it seems.  Not the best news for Ford dealers then, though I guess that Hyundai and VAG are pleased enough at the chance of extra business.