Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

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

Petrol engines 9.7 - 11.0 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 45.6 - 51.4 mpg
  • Fine efficiency across the range
  • Petrol boosted by hybrid tech
  • No diesel Pumas... yet

Within a few months of going on sale, Ford rejigged the Puma engine range slightly, dropping the non-mild hybrid (mHEV) 125hp engine with a manual transmission, replacing it with one fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In that latter combination it has an offical economy rating of 45.6-46.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 138-139g/km under the rigorous WLTP testing regime.

Both 125hp and 155hp mHEV engines have idential claims of 49.6-50.4mpg, with emissions of 127-129g/km of CO2.

Even without a diesel engine or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option, the Puma's low running costs are reflected in a miles per pound range of 9.7 - 11.0 mpp.

A 120hp diesel may join the Puma line-up later on if demand warrants it.

Elsewhere expect higher running costs if you pick one of the trims with larger wheels due to the increased cost of tyres.

Is it reliable?

  • One recall already is disappointing
  • Tech already used elsewhere
  • New 48-volt 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 new 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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 11 - 16
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