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Used Ford Puma Coupe 1997 - 2002 review

(1997 - 2002)
Ford Puma Coupe (97 - 02)
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1 Jan 2006 00:00 | Last updated: 28 Sep 2018 15:42

What's the used Ford Puma coupe like?

You'll struggle to find a small coupe that's as much fun to drive - and you certainly won't find one for this kind of money.

The Puma takes the already good Fiesta underpinnings and hones them until they're as sharp and agile as a barrister's brain. You get almost kart-like steering, terrific roadholding, strong brakes and a fantastic gearshift.

Each of the engines is willing and makes a good sound, although the 1.4 doesn't have the pace to match the car's looks.

The cabin has aluminium highlights, such as the gearlever knob, to add a touch of sporting flair. However, not everyone will get on with the knees-up, bottom-down driving position, especially given that the steering column is fixed.

Rear visibility is restricted by the coupe's racy lines, which also limit the headroom in the rear. Anyone much above average height will find it cramped, but at least the reasonable boot gives it some practicality.