Ford Puma

The Ford Puma is a small SUV, similar in size to the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc. The Puma is the best looking of the bunch however with a more rounded look and really cuts a dash on the street. The Puma is built on the Fiesta chassis (platform), long regarded as the best driving and handling car in its class, the Puma benefits too, it’s a great drive, agile and precise with a good view of the road ahead. The Puma looks larger than it is, don’t be fooled this is a small car, space is tight for rear passengers of grown up dimensions and the 401 litre boot is enhanced with a ‘mega box’ which sits where the spare wheel would have been before the invention of the inflation kit, the mega box is a drainable 80 litre hole that allows golf clubs to stand upright, it is a little bit of ingenuity that separates the Puma from the competition.

 

The Puma comes in four trim lines, Titanium, ST Line, ST Line X and ST Line Vignale. Titanium trimmed cars have 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, auto emergency braking, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and wireless mobile phone charging. ST-Line cars have a body kit, with a rear spoiler and sports suspension, as well as a heated windscreen. Inside is a flat-bottomed ST Line steering wheel and alloy sports pedals. ST Line X cars get 18-inch alloy wheels with a matt black finish, rear privacy glass, leather seats and an enhanced B&O stereo. The range topping ST Line X Vignale has 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, chrome trim, heated seats, parking sensors all round and keyless entry.

 

Until the Puma becomes electrified in 2024, we have a single petrol 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol engine paired to a 48v mild hybrid system. A mild hybrid is a small boost to the engine, used when accelerating and starting off, the car cannot run on electric power alone and the 48v battery is recharged from regeneration, there is no plugging in. The power output is either 123 or 153 brake horse power, 0-62 times are 9.8 seconds for the smaller car and an impressive 8.6 seconds for the 153bhp car paired to the dual clutch automatic gearbox. Economy is an excellent 52.3 miles per gallon as a 123bhp manual and 50.4 for the 153bhp manual, automatic cars returned a claimed 49.6 mpg for the 123bhp and 48.7 mpg for the larger output.

Prices for the Manual car (Spring 2023) start at £495 Advance Payment for the 153bhp Titanium trim and rise to £945 for the same engine in ST-Line Vignale.  Automatic Pumas start at £1095 AP and rise to £1495 for the ST-Line Vignale.