Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
There are no weedy engines in the line-up, nor are there any really basic trim levels. This explains why the Puma’s starting price is higher than those of the Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq. However, in like-for-like form, it’s actually cheaper than both of those cars and it also undercuts an equivalent Volkswagen T-Roc.
PCP finance deals are really attractive, helped by the fact that the Puma is predicted to depreciate more slowly than many rivals. It’s more economical, too – not just according to the official fuel consumption tests but also in real-world driving.
Equipment, options and extras
The cheapest Titanium trim doesn’t feel very ‘entry-level’ at all; with 17in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, climate control and cruise control all coming as standard, plus the front seats have that basic massaging function.
That said, upgrading to ST-Line trim brings sportier styling and a swaps the conventional instrument dials behind the steering wheel for a whopping great 12.3in digital display. However, it makes do with basic manual air-conditioning (rather than climate control); this simply blows warm or cool air on demand rather than maintaining your chosen temperature.
Range-topping ST-Line X trim does get climate control, though, and also brings bigger 18in alloys for an even sportier look, tinted windows, part-leather seats and that great-sounding B&O stereo we talked about earlier. There will also be a high-end ST-Line X Vignale trim joining the range later in 2020, which will feature a plusher interior and more added extras.
Although the Puma was too new to appear in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, Ford as a brand finished a respectable 14th (out of 31 manufacturers) in the overall league table. That’s a few places below Skoda, but above the likes of Volkswagen and Nissan.
All Pumas come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, although this can be extended to five years (with a 100,000-mile limit) for an extra charge. Broadly speaking, that’s about average for the class, although Hyundai and Kia offer longer standard warranties on the Kona and Stonic respectively.
Safety and security
The Puma comes with all the modern preventative safety aids you’d expect, including automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), lane-keeping assistance and tyre pressure monitoring.
Add the optional Driver Assistance Pack and you’ll get blindspot monitoring and a couple of other clever systems: Evasive Steering Assist and Cross Traffic Alert. The former can help you steer around an obstacle if an emergency stop can’t be performed in time, while the latter warns you about cars crossing your path when you’re reversing out onto a road. If an accident can’t be avoided, there are six airbags on hand to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Euro NCAP awarded the Puma five stars (out of five) for safety, although a closer look at the scores reveals that the Kamiq and T-Roc are fractionally better at protecting child and adult occupants in a crash. Meanwhile, to keep would-be thieves at bay, all Pumas come with a Thatcham category one alarm and immobiliser.