What Car? says...
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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More on the Ford Puma
In our latest Reliability Survey, the Ford Puma didn’t fare especially well, coming towards the bottom of the small SUV class, but finishing above rivals including the Nissan Juke and Volkswagen T-Cross. As a brand, Ford finished in joint 27th place with Nissan out of 30 manufacturers. Read more here
The Puma is not available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or as an electric car. However, every Puma is equipped with mild-hybrid technology, which means the engine gets some electrical assistance, which in turn should lower your fuel bills. Read more here
We think the Puma’s mid-range 1.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine is best. It’s a punchy performer, hitting 60mph in just 8.5sec while also keeping your running costs sensible. We’d team that with ST-Line trim, which gets you a sportier look as well as useful equipment including digital instruments and more supportive front seats. Read more here
The main difference here is how much equipment your car comes with. Titanium is the Puma’s entry-level trim, and gets 17in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers and climate control. Still, we think most buyers will be best served by the ST-Line model, which gets more kit and sportier looks without pushing up the price too much. Read more here
Ford’s SYNC infotainment system is presented on an 8.0in touchscreen that has useful features including Bluetooth connectivity, built-in sat-nav and Apple Carplay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. We’ve found that the system can sometimes take a while to respond to your inputs and isn’t as user-friendly as that in rivals including the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc. Read more here
The Ford Puma has a 456-litre boot capacity. You can fit in more than you can in most rivals if you use the extra storage box located under the boot floor, which on its own can hold two carry-on suitcases. The boot is height-adjustable, and when it’s set to its highest setting with the rear seats folded down, there’s no step in the floor of the extended boot, meaning longer items will slide in with ease. Read more here
|RRP price range||£24,155 - £33,625|
|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)||£1,339 / £2,177|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,678 / £4,354|