Ford Puma review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Introduction

Ford Puma 2022
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  • Ford Puma 2022
  • Ford Puma 2022 rear cornering
  • Ford Puma 2022 interior dashboard
  • Ford Puma 2022 interior rear seats
  • Ford Puma 2022 interior infotainment
  • Ford Puma 2022 right tracking
  • Ford Puma 2022 left static boot open
  • Ford Puma 2022 interior front seats
  • Ford Puma 2022 interior driver display
  • Ford Puma 2022 interior detail
  • Ford Puma 2022 boot open
  • Ford Puma 2022 boot open
  • Ford Puma 2022 rear static boot open
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Introduction

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If the Ford Puma name sounds rather familiar to you, well, there’s a good reason for that. It was originally a small coupé back in the late 90s, and it was a jolly good one, too – it even picked up a What Car? Car of the Year award.

The trouble was, the original Puma didn’t sell particularly well, which might be why, when it returned to the Ford line-up some two decades later, it had morphed into a small SUV. It still looks sportier than most of the other cars in this class, though, and is more fun in other ways, as we’ll come on to explain.

There are also two regular engine options, in addition to the ST's 197bhp unit: the 1.0 Ecoboost mHEV 125 and the 1.0 Ecoboost mHEV 155.

Over the next few pages of this review, we'll look at all the engines and trims so you can decide which version of the Ford Puma would suit you best. Plus, we'll see how it stacks up against its key small SUV rivals in all the important areas, including practicality, safety, comfort and value for money.

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Even the entry-level Ecoboost mHEV 125 was able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 9.6sec in our tests – far quicker than any Nissan Juke or the Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI. It pulls reasonably well from low revs and maintains cruising speed effortlessly. If you want more pace, the Ecoboost mHEV 155 is much faster, hitting 60mph from a standstill in just 8.5sec. This makes it as quick as much pricier small SUVs, including the Audi Q2 35 TFSI.

You get a six-speed manual gearbox on all Pumas as standard, with a seven-speed automatic available as an option on the Ecoboost mHEV 125.

Suspension and ride comfort

Ford Puma 2022 rear cornering

Handling

If you enjoy driving, the Puma will really win your heart. It's super nimble by small SUV standards and you’ll notice this agility whether you’re merely scooting around a roundabout or flying down your favourite country lane.

To experience the Puma at its most entertaining, you'll need to go for one of the ST-Line models to get sports suspension. This helps to keep the body more upright when cornering, although even entry-level Titanium versions dart into bends more eagerly than most of the competition. 

Then there’s the steering. It gives you a far better sense of connection to the front wheels than you get from a Juke or even a Kamiq – again, something you can appreciate whether you're driving on quicker roads or zipping about town.

Noise and vibration

At a glance
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Save up to £1,405
Target Price from £22,544
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From £294pm
RRP price range £23,655 - £33,125
Number of trims (see all)7
Number of engines (see all)3
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 42.8 - 52.3
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,311 / £2,144
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,622 / £4,288
Available colours