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Best handling small SUV is surprisingly practical too

Ford Puma SUV (19 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £21,640 - £26,840
Lease from new From £206 p/m View lease deals
Used price £15,895 - £23,045
Used monthly cost From £397 per month
Fuel Economy 45.6 - 51.4 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 11 - 16 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fun to drive
  • Economical petrol engines
  • Clear digital dials
  • Boot is useful size and shape

CONS

  • Styling won't suit all
  • Likewise the very responsive steering
  • Question marks over ride quality
  • Infotainment not the most intuitive

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Written by Keith WR Jones on

Pitched as a car that can turn heads on a Friday night, fit flat-pack furniture inside with ease on Saturday afternoon, while all the time providing a class-leading level of driving enjoyment, the Ford Puma SUV makes some bold promises about a wide range of talents.

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This new compact crossover is a rival to the style-driven Nissan Juke and Renault Captur and revives a badge last seen on Ford’s small coupe first sold in the 1990s. This is resolutely not a coupe, but it is certainly a sportier, more elegant shape than the upright EcoSport that’s been the entry point to Ford's SUV range for the last few years.

Like the original Puma though, this SUV is based on the Ford Fiesta. This time, it’s a considerably larger vehicle: longer, wider and taller with a substantially larger boot.

Puma debuts lots of new Ford tech

As well as those eye-catching (and divisive) looks, the Puma is also the test bed for a whole host of new engineering and gadgets that Ford hopes will help sell its cars.

Chief among these is the addition of mild-hybridisation to its petrol engines – a battery package that is recharged while you decelerate or brake, which can then power an electric motor to supplement the petrol engine. The Puma wasn't unique in the Ford range for long in featuring this technology: by summer 2020 it was also in the Fiesta and larger Kuga SUV.

This benefits both efficiency and performance, making the tiny the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine the Puma was launched with feel more punchy than it should, while returning fuel economy that makes a diesel engine seem a bit pointless. So pointless, in fact, that Ford doesn't offer a diesel engine in the Puma, although one may join the range if demand dictates.

Fiesta-like interior, with extras

The basic layout of the Puma’s interior is straight from the Fiesta, with the 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment screen and various practical cubby holes to store things in.

Ford Puma (2020) interior view

Where the Puma switches things up is behind the wheel where a 12.3-inch screen (standard on some models, optional on others) replaces the analogue dials, and in the trim panels surrounding the air vents that stretches across the dash.

These vary with trim with either carbon fibre or wood effect depending on whether you pick a model that leans on a more performance or luxury look.

High-specification trim structure

The model line-up kicks off with the stylish Titanium before progressing through the sportier ST-Line and ST-Line X trims.

Arriving in summer 2020 to expand the range, the ST-Line X Vignale offers interior luxury with a more distinctive exterior – thanks to a large rear spoiler, LED headlights, chrome-look grille, leather seats and steering wheel, plus a B&O speaker ugrade.

All models come with big alloy wheels and clever luggage space thanks to a flexible, variable boot floor and Megabox storage system - essentially a big plastic container underneath the boot with a waterproof lining and drain plug.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Ford Puma including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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