Kuga Plug-In Hybrid Is One Of The Quietest Ford Vehicles Ever

With a plug-in electric car, you experience a quarter of the interior noise levels of those experienced by your grandparents.

Ford took some time off to look back into history and compare several of its cars, from 1966 to 2020, to see how much progress has been made in terms of making cars quieter.

A few decades ago, drivers and passengers had to shout to make themselves heard. Today, modern cars – especially plug-ins – are pleasantly quiet (basically almost silent in all-electric mode).

The comparison at a speed of 50 km/h (30 mph) indicates that the Ford Kuga PHEV (Ford Escape PHEV in the U.S.) is rated at 69 dB (peak internal noise). A lot less than the old ICE models (10 dB difference usually is perceived as twice as loud).


Max decibels dB(A)

1966 Ford Anglia

89 (89.4)

1970 Ford Cortina

81 (80.9)

1977 Ford Granada

83 (82.5)

1982 Ford Cortina

79 (78.5)

2000 Ford Mondeo

77 (77.3)

2020 Ford Kuga Plug-In Hybrid

69 (69.3)

Ford notes that Kuga PHEV occupants “experience interior noise levels that are just one quarter of those experienced by their grandparents in a 1966 Ford Anglia” (20 dB difference).

In all-electric mode, the measured interior road noise level, in controlled tests, was just 52 dB(A) – “equivalent to gentle rainfall”.

Ford Kuga PHEV – quiet