Ford Puma Review 2024

Ford Puma At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
If you're looking for a stylish small SUV that’s fun to drive, comes with a decent amount of kit and enjoys a huge boot for its size, then the Ford Puma should be top of your list.

+Excellent to drive. Generous amount of standard equipment. Huge boot.

-Slightly claustrophobic rear seats. 18-inch wheels generate lots of road noise.

New prices start from £21,640
Insurance Groups are between 11–16
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure

It may share its name with a sporty little coupe from the 1990s, but the Ford Puma is actually a small SUV to rival the extrovert Nissan Juke, sensible Volkswagen T-Roc and pricey 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. We’ll explain all in our Ford Puma review.

The Ford Puma is regularly one of Britain's best-selling cars and is available with Ford’s popular 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine. 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 small SUV dimensions (4186mm long, 1805mm wide and 1554mm high) mean 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 usable 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, and while it looks pricey alongside the EcoSport, you get what you pay for. It’s certainly no more expensive than the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc and Peugeot 2008.

Check out the Ford Puma ST if you’re looking for hot hatch performance in a small SUV. Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Ford Puma review

Ask Honest John

My Ford Puma rear discs are suffering from repeated corrosion, what could be the cause?

"I bought my new Puma in October 2020. At the two year service, I was advised the rear discs were badly pitted and corroded, and as I noticed some uncomfortable braking, I had new rear discs and pads at a cost of around £500 about seven months ago. As the car had only done around 7500 miles, I argued this should be done under warranty, but lost. Ford did give me a £100 voucher as a goodwill gesture though. As the car has just had its first MoT, I advised that again, the rear discs have some corrosion. I use the car a few times a week, and whilst I do live near the sea, surely discs should last longer than this? The front ones are perfectly okay. What's your advice please?"
A degree of disc corrosion is normal but this is usually worn off when the vehicle is driven. It seems unlikely that there is a fault with the discs themselves as this has occurred with two different sets, so it seems most likely that it is a combination of the environment and the frequency of you driving the car that is causing the discs to corrode prematurely. Unless you are able to park the car in a garage on a regular basis, it may be that a regular longer journey is required to enable the discs to be cleaned by using the brakes. If you are usually driving in town it may be that you have no need to brake hard enough for the rear discs to engage sufficiently, so braking from higher speeds and for longer periods may help.
Answered by David Ross

Is there a better alternative than a Skoda Kamiq out there?

"I have a Skoda Kamiq (an excellent motor) but am ready for a change. I don't know whether to wait for the new updated 2024 Kamiq, or to go for something completely different. If I was to change, can you recommend a smallish SUV as good as the Kamiq?"
Take a look at the Toyota Yaris Cross. It's one of our favourite small SUVs at the moment - it's comfortable and easy to drive, while its hybrid system means it's be cheap to run. We'd recommend the Honda HR-V and Ford Puma, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What is the best replacement for my Skoda Yeti?

"I need to replace my 2012 Diesel Greenlife Skoda Yeti, mainly because of the ULEZ ruling and worries with the DPF due to low mileage. I have tentatively narrowed my choices down to the Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost 155 mHEV ST Line or the Volkswagen T-Roc 1.0 TSI 110 Life or Style model - petrol models. An ex-demonstrator, pre-registered or no more than a year old. I have yet to test drive both but I have read your helpful reviews. Do I need to be concerned about the Ecoboost engine for the Ford Puma? Are Volkswagen engines reliable? I was a victim of the "defeat device" episode with my much loved Yeti. I wish Skoda still manufactured the Yeti - Kamiq/Kodiac lack visual appeal."
Both the Ford Puma and Volkswagen T-Roc are good choices. The Puma is fun to drive and arguably better to look at, while the T-Roc has a higher quality interior. Although the EcoBoost engine has suffered from reliability problems in the past, the more recent versions have had far fewer problems and we would expect it to be as reliable as the Volkswagen's 1.0-litre TSI unit.
Answered by David Ross

What car should I buy to transport my disabled mum?

"I'm going to have to change my car to help transport my disabled mum. She has been in a Nissan Juke and Skoda Karoq both of which she can get into more easily. Given I do a lot of journeys on my own I don't want a big car but one that I can take Mum in, put her mobility aid (4 wheeled walker) in the boot, do the shopping and use as a run around. I'm looking for a petrol engine as I do mainly short journeys (20-30 miles round trips). I enjoy driving and would like a fun car to drive, if possible. I tend to keep my cars for 8-10 years so I'd like something that has good reliability. I could spend up to £30k, but would prefer to spend £20-25k."
We'd recommend a Ford Puma. It's similar in size to a Nissan Juke but more fun to drive, while it's also very practical (especially with a hidden 'megabox' compartment in the boot). You could also look at the MINI Countryman - another stylish and fun-to-drive SUV with easy access, or a used BMW X2.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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