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Ford Puma Coupe engines, drive and performance

1997 - 2002 (change model)
Performance rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The 1.7 engine suits Puma’s chassis superbly, and makes it feel like a hot hatch. In Racing spec it has 155bhp and gets to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds – that’s a second quicker than the standard 1.7. The 1.4 is adequate, but feels sluggish in comparison. The 1.6 is better, but still doesn’t come close to the original 1.7.

All models come with fun built-in. It’s well-balanced, responsive and there’s a sporty feel to the clutch and gearbox. The ride is compliant (apart from the Racing, which is a little hard but very sporty).