Ford Puma (2020) Review

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Ford Puma (2020) At A Glance

5/5

+Fiesta-based crossover is excellent to drive. Surprisingly practical. Generous amount of standard equipment.

-Slightly claustrophobic rear seats. Not as cheap as the EcoSport.

It may share its name with a sporty little coupe from the 1990s, but the new Puma is actually a crossover SUV to rival the Nissan Juke, Volkswagen T-Roc and Honda HR-V. Like its namesake, it’s based on the Fiesta, yet it offers class-leading practicality, a fun driving experience and mild-hybrid engines.

From launch, the Puma’s initially available with Ford’s popular 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, with a 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel to follow. Buyers can choose from two power outputs - 125 or 155PS, both with mild-hybrid technology to improve fuel efficiency.

While the more powerful engine is a sportier offering and makes sense if you regularly drive at motorway speeds with several passengers, the standard 125 unit will be sufficient for most buyers. It’s a quiet and refined engine, although the Puma’s crossover dimensions means there is a little wind noise at higher speeds.

Unlike the lacklustre EcoSport, the Puma is as fun to drive as we’ve come to expect from a Ford. Like the Fiesta, it’s ahead of the competition in the way it corners, with little in the way of body lean and excellent, communicative steering. It’s also good to drive around town, thanks to its impressive visibility and tight turning circle.

Things are good inside, too. It’s very similar to the latest Fiesta, with lots of seemingly high-quality materials and a generous amount of standard equipment. The extra practicality compared to the Fiesta means it’s genuinely useable as a family car - it might be smaller, but we can envisage people choosing a Puma over the Focus. While adults might feel a tad cramped in the rear, there’s plenty of space for children, and the boot is clever and well thought out.

There's not much going against the Puma. Not everyone will appreciate its looks, while it looks pricey alongside the EcoSport, you get what you pay for - and it's certainly no more expensive than the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc and Peugeot 2008.

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What would you recommend for a couple who want a comfortable, reliable SUV?
"My wife and I are in our late 60s, retired and are looking to buy an SUV for the first time for its ease of access and high position. We don't care about prestige brands but we do want comfort, refinement, quiet and enough performance to make driving effortless. Perhaps automatic. We are tall but do not need extra space for people or luggage. We also want reliability. We tend not to change cars frequently - we have had our current car - a Ford Focus, bought nearly new - for seven years. We want to spend no more than £30k. Would we be better off buying a used luxury SUV like the Audi Q7 or a new/nearly new midsize SUV like the Skoda Karoq? In short, what would you recommend for an ageing couple who put comfort over speed but don't want to pay for either size or prestige that we do not need?"
An Audi Q7 sounds a bit big for your needs. A Skoda Karoq could be perfect – it's a very comfortable crossover SUV. Also look at the very similar Volkswagen Tiguan, or the uber-comfortable Citroen C5 Aircross. You might find that smaller crossovers meet your requirements, too – take a look at the Ford Puma or Peugeot 2008.
Answered by Andrew Brady
More reliable than a Mini Countryman?
"I’m in my 30s, work in investment management and use my own car for commuting and business. I currently have a 2016 Mini One Countryman 1.6-litre petrol, which has proven really unreliable with poor build quality (failed engine seal, clutch contaminated by an oil leak from the engine, broken water pump, gearbox issues etc). I’m keen to ditch it and replace it with something more reliable, ideally with a long warranty, and suitable for navigating country lanes (which are often icy or flooded) on my 20 mile daily commute. It also needs to be comfy for fortnightly longer motorway drives whilst visiting clients with a tall seating position and plenty of headroom. It needs to be big enough for a Labrador, car seat and boot full of shopping, while being cost-effective to run, too. I could spend around £20k outright or would consider 0% finance. I have no idea where to start so any guidance much appreciated."
Take a look at the latest Ford Puma or Peugeot 2008. Both are really fashionable little crossover SUVs with enough space for your Lab. £20k will get you an as-new pre-registered model of either. Alternatively, if you want to prioritise a long warranty, consider a Kia Stonic or Toyota C-HR.
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What’s the best petrol or hybrid, midsize SUV?
"What’s the best petrol or hybrid, midsize SUV with an automatic gearbox? I don’t need a huge family car but I do need plenty of space/seats that can fold flat/recline and easy access to the boot). Need heated seats, mirrors, cameras, easy to drive but solid enough that it’s not going to breakdown or require a lot of maintenance. I have no idea where to begin. Thank you. "
Take a look at the new Ford Puma. It's our favourite small crossover on the market today - good to drive, versatile and will be cheap to run. It's available as a mild-hybrid, too, although don't let that influence your decision too much - it can't drive on electric power alone and the impact on efficiency is minimal. Also consider the excellent Skoda Kamiq or Peugeot 2008. If you'd prefer something a bit bigger, we'd recommend a Peugeot 3008 or Skoda Karoq.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a good crossover with a heated windscreen?
"I’m looking to change my SEAT Leon for a higher seating position. The only criteria I have is I would like a quick clearing front windscreen. What would you recommend? Many thanks."
The SEAT Ateca's a very good SUV, which is also available with a heated windscreen. If you want something smaller, consider the excellent Ford Puma.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Ford Puma (2020) cost?

Buy new from £18,758 (list price from £22,000)
Contract hire from £197.51 per month