Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.4 - 8.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 41.5 - 52.3 mpg
  • Fine efficiency across the range
  • Petrol boosted by mild hybrid tech
  • No diesel or plug-in hybrid versions

How much does it cost to run?

Running costs for the Ford Puma are reasonable thanks to its up-to-date range of mild-hybrid (or, as Ford badges them, mHEV) petrol engines. These are even more confusingly badged on the rear of the car simply as 'EcoBoost Hybrid'. 

Though there’s no fully electric or plug-in hybrid variants, like you get with the French competition in the form of the Peugeot e-2008 and Renault Captur E-Tech, every model gets a slight bit of electrical assistance that manifests itself in a particularly smooth and quick stop-start system for the engine.

It means that the Puma can remain efficient but doesn’t require the automatic gearbox of a full hybrid.

The same doesn’t really apply to the non-hybrid (and rather powerful) Puma ST, but even that’s not too thirsty for a hot SUV – thank the Puma’s relatively light weight and modern construction for that.

MPG and CO2

  • EcoBoost MHEV 125PS: 52.3mpg, 122-123g/km CO2
  • EcoBoost MHEV 125PS automatic: 48.7-49.6mpg, 130-131g/km CO2
  • EcoBoost MHEV 155PS: 50.4-51.4mpg, 125-127g/km CO2
  • EcoBoost MHEV 155PS automatic: 47.9-48.7mpg, 132-134g/km CO2
  • EcoBoost 200PS ST: 41.5mpg, 155g/km CO2

As you can see, even the most potent version of the Puma, the ST, achieves an official WLTP fuel economy of over 40mpg. Naturally, you can expect this to decrease in spirited driving, which is all too easy to do in that car…

More importantly, the engines most people are going to buy are all clean and efficient, with close fuel economy and CO2 figures, so there’s really no penalty in opting for the more powerful engine. In fact, in our experience, the 155hp may be more efficient in the real world, as it won’t need to be worked quite so hard in order to get up to speed.

With the 155hp model we found it to dip just below 42mpg even when we were testing its performance – it’s a reliably efficient engine, returning good numbers regardless of whether you’re pootling round town or doing a longer motorway journey.

There’s no diesel to act as a fuel economy champion, reflecting the wider shift away from the fuel in smaller cars. However, as mentioned earlier, there’s also no full hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric model, limiting your options. Many rivals, from the hybrid Toyota C-HR, PHEV Renault Captur or electric Peugeot e-2008, offer this.

Is it reliable?

  • One recall already is disappointing
  • Tech commonly used elsewhere
  • New 48-volt mild hybrid system unproven

As always it’s not easy to be definitive given the newness of this model, but as it’s based on the Fiesta with engines that have (largely) seen service elsewhere, the signs are positive.

The basic structure has obviously been modified in order to take the larger SUV body and the engines are boosted with the latest 48-volt mild hybrid technology, so it’s not quite as cut and dried as we’d like.

Certainly there has already been one official recall according to the DVSA vehicle inspectorate relating to a mechanism connecting the driver's airbag to the steering wheel. Not the best of starts, it has to be said.

In terms of build quality, one of the interior door panels on our test car was rattling due to the sound made by the speakers, but we'd hope this improves as time goes by and more Pumas are built.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155
Insurance group 11 - 22
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