Ford Puma crowned in the Parkers New Car Awards 2021

  • Ford Puma bags the Parkers New Car of The Year award
  • Ford Transit Custom scoops Van of The Year, Ford Ranger is Best Pickup
  • Winning cars revealed in our Car Awards section

Ford Puma: 2021 Parkers New Car of The Year

Ford wins big in the 2021 Parkers New Car Awards with the Puma taking the coveted Car of The Year award after impressing the Parkers reviewing team. This is one of six awards for Ford, which also won Van of The Year, Best Pickup, Used Car of The Year, Best Small Family Car and Best Medium Van.

The Puma is Ford’s latest model and it shows that the company hasn’t lost its magic touch for delivering vehicles perfectly judged for today’s buyers – reflected by the Ford Transit Custom taking the Van of The Year and the Ford Ranger scooping the Best Pickup award.

The expert reviewering team at Parkers really rate the Puma, saying: ‘We love its combination of quirky styling, family-friendly practicality and some very thoughtful design and engineering touches. The impending arrival of the ST version adds even more excitement.'

Speaking about the Puma’s overall Car of The Year victory, Keith Adams, Editor of Parkers says: ‘Bursting on to the scene as a stylish, useful and affordable family-sized SUV, Ford has hit the bullseye with its latest – and quite brilliant – Puma. Powered by a range of economical mild-hybrid EcoBoost petrol engines, the Puma delivers all the pep most drivers need while delivering excellent fuel economy.'

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Ford takes the spoils in the Van of The Year and Best Pickup awards, with CJ Hubbard, Van and Pickups Editor saying: ‘The Ranger is a hugely impressive pickup, with a choice of body styles, great payload capability and a vast options list.’ Meanwhile, the Transit Custom just keeps on getting better. ‘With a continuous programme of updates and the addition of new models to suit an even broader range of customers,’ CJ adds, ‘this van now has so many talents it was the clear choice for the 2021 Parkers Van of the Year Award.’

Rounding out Ford’s awards haul, the previous-generation Fiesta has been crowned Best Used Car for the second year in a row. Keith Adams says: ‘It's a great car to drive that's available in myriad versions, from the super-economical EcoBoost petrols to the brilliant ST hot hatch. Prices are competitive, servicing is cheap and it's a reliable and safe car to invest your money in.’

Other winners at the Parkers New Car Awards 2021 include SEAT which took home the Best Large Family Car award and Best Seven-Seater with the Tarraco, and BMW, which wins the Best Company Car award for the excellent 330e plug-in hybrid version of its evergreen 3 Series. Renault also wins a pair of awards with the Clio taking Best First Car and Zoe taking the spoils in the new Best Small Electric Car category.

The Best Medium Family Car is the Mercedes-Benz GLB, while the Land Rover Defender sweeps to an easy win to take the Best Off-Roader award. The outgoing Car of The Year – the Tesla Model 3 – is still impressive enough to take the win in the hotly contested Best Large Electric Car category.

What this means for you

The Parkers awards are a great way of advising what the best cars available actually are – whatever you're looking for. With standards being so high, choosing any of our star cars, vans and pickups means you'll end up with a vehicle that will serve you well for years to come. A shout out should also be given to all of the runners-up, which perform brilliantly within their categories.

Keith Adams adds: ‘The Parkers New Car Awards winners show just how good cars, vans and pickups are these days, as they set such an amazingly high standard all round. We’re obsessive over recommending the best vehicles for the Great British public – and choosing this year’s winners has been a very thorough and enjoyable process.’

You can find full details of all the Parkers New Car Awards winners in the New Car Awards section.

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