All-New Ford Puma - The sporty cat is back with a ROAR
The All-new Ford Puma is roaring back - bigger and sportier than before, with a gorgeous new styling design, that is sure to get people talking. The new Puma features the latest Ford engineering and technology along with an enhanced eco-friendly engine line-up.
The Ford Puma was first introduced to us as a small but sporty coupe, way back in 1997 where it failed to gain any real sales momentum. By 2001 Ford decided to cut their losses and stop production of the Puma, although some remaining cars were still sold during 2002. Puma did not achieve the sales expected, possibly due to the phenomenal success of the Ford Fiesta. There were many similarities between the two.
Now after a near 20 year absence, the Ford Puma is back, revitalised, re-styled and ready to take aim at a whole near market sector. The Puma is a compact crossover SUV version based on the Ford Fiesta. It is bigger in all areas, length, width and height yet maintains the highly desirable Ford handling and drivability factors we have become accustomed to in recent years.
There are three primary trim levels when choosing a new Ford Puma; Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X. There are also three additional limited stock trim levels which are; Titanium First Edition, ST-Line X First Edition and ST-Line X First Edition Plus. Each trim level offers a great selection of standard features and styling subtleties at an affordable price.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Ford Puma is currently available with a choice of two new mild-hybrid (MHEV) petrol engines and one petrol-only engine, along with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. All Puma’s are front-wheel drive and the present time with no immediate plans to offer four-wheel-drive models. Later in 2020, Ford is planning to release an automatic transmission option and potentially a diesel and non-hybrid petrol engine to the line-up.
The entry-level engine is a 1-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, which develops 125hp and is only available when selecting the Titanium or ST-Line trim. The ST-Line X trim is only available with one of the mild-hybrid engines.
The entry-level hybrid engine is a 1-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit which develops 125hp and 200Nm of torque. It is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 9.8secs and will climb to a top speed of 119mph.
The other hybrid option is the same 1-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged engine but with an increased power output of 155hp and 240Nm of torque. The added power will allow the Puma to sprint from 0-62mph in 9secs and continue to a top speed of 124mph.
As this is a mild-hybrid, it is not necessary to have to plug-in to charge as the battery pack self charges through regenerative braking, which in turn maintains the function of the electric motor to add support to the petrol engine. Working together, the petrol engine and electric motor using the latest Ford hybrid technology help to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy.
The 125hp petrol engine has a combined fuel consumption (WLTP) of 48.7mpg, while the 125hp hybrid model achieves a combined WLTP of 51.4mpg and the 155hp hybrid has a combined WLTP of 50.4mpg. There are various driving modes available to select to either improve economy and efficiency or to enhance performance which are; Eco, Normal, Sport, Slippery and Trail. The Puma is a fantastically great handling car nearly as good as the formidable Ford Fiesta it is based on. There are not many small compact crossover SUV’s which perform anywhere near as good as the new Puma and leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the new Puma is very smart, modern and chic, while also using high-quality material to give it a more premium appearance and feel. The front seats are super comfortable and have plenty of support to keep you suitably wedged in when tackling tight corners. Both front seats benefit from a generous range of adjustment along with lumbar support and massage function as standard.
Each Ford Puma model comes with Ford Sync3 infotainment system accessed through an 8-inch colour touchscreen, which features built-in sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth Connectivity and smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Each Puma also gets a wireless smartphone charging pad as standard. This feature is generally an optionally extra, amongst its chief rivals or only included in the more expensive higher trim models.
Opt for the ST-Line and above trim levels, and you get the addition of a brand new 12.3-inch fully digital colour driver instrument display cluster, alloy sports pedals, ST-Line body kit and spoiler and sports suspension to list just a few.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Ford Puma is generously proportioned inside for a small crossover SUV and has an impressive amount of space for all occupants and luggage. Those in the front will find plenty of legroom and headroom, although the VW T-Roc has a tiny bit more headroom on offer. Moving to the rear and passengers will be greeted to a good amount of space, perhaps not as airy as that found in the VW T-Roc rival but still generous enough to fit a couple of 6ft+ adults.
There are various storage compartments throughout the cabin including a couple of cupholders, large door pockets and a cubby under the centre armrest. The boot is an impressive area of the new Puma, featuring a hidden compartment underneath the boot floor which Ford calls a Megabox. It comprises of a hard-wearing waterproof plastic lining with the addition of a drainage plug to release any excess water from either cleaning or from any muddy/wet items which may have been stored. It is a fantastic idea, and one I have no doubt competitors will look to copy and follow suit. The boot has a total capacity of 456-litres and 1216-litres with the rear seats folded away.
The Ford Puma scored an impressive top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests, thanks to an array of the latest safety assists and features combined with the additional autonomous technology features which are available. Some of the standard safety features include; lane keep assist, lane departure warning, pre-collision assist and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) along with rear parking sensors and cruise control.
The all-new Ford Puma is an impressive and gorgeous small crossover SUV which oozes curb appeal and style. Ford has turned out some impressive, good looking cars in the past few years, and the Puma is no exception. It is a cracking car which will leave you smiling and satisfied thanks to its tremendous handling and driving experience.