Ford Puma Review 2022

Ford Puma At A Glance

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, brokers can source from £21,103
Insurance Groups are between 11–16

It may share its name with a sporty little coupe from the 1990s, but the new Ford Puma is actually a small 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. 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 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.

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

Can you recommend a Skoda Yeti replacement?
"What should I buy (new) to replace our wonderful Skoda Yeti? We want a similar, small SUV (4WD not necessary), a high seat (like the Yeti), comfortable and reliable, with a good performance and fuel consumption. It should be petrol/automatic, and we do about 6,000-7,000miles per year. We are considering the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and VW T-Cross. What would your choice be, and are there are others we should also consider? "
You've identified three of the best small SUVs on sale... you won't go wrong with the Kamiq, Puma or T-Cross. The Kamiq probably represents the best value for money, while the Puma is a bit sportier. This guide might be of interest:
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest a replacement for our Suzuki Vitara?
"My Suzuki Vitara is six years old and starting to need a few extra repairs every MoT and service. The tinny sounding doors are also beginning to annoy more than they used to. Maybe it's because I'm a lot older now! I love the high driving position, ground clearance and sense of space the cabin has, I'm six foot tall and have a hankering for something a bit plusher inside with a bit more quality about it. I am not so concerned about the 4x4 capability as all-season tyres should see me ok. And working from home means I don't need to travel in bad weather as much as I used to. The only snag is, where I live, there are not many franchises. The closest we have are Ford, MG, Kia, Suzuki, Skoda and VW. Anything else is an hour's drive away at least so servicing could be a chore. Are there any "plusher" similar-sized SUVs you would recommend? "
Take a look at the Volkswagen T-Roc. It's got a higher seating position than most small SUVs, while the cabin has just been updated so it's a fair bit plusher than your Vitara's. Also take a look at the Ford Puma or, if you think an electric car might work for you, we'd recommend the MG ZS EV. This guide might be of interest:
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best small SUV for older drivers?
"My wife and I are in our late eighties and we are looking for a replacement for our 2015 Seat Leon 1.4 TSI FR. We want a petrol automatic that is easy to get in and out of, easy to park, has comfortable seats, a soft ride and is reasonably high spec. We wonder if a small SUV would fit the bill but are not familiar with any of them. Can you please make some recommendations for us to consider? We are willing to pay up to £20,000 for a second-hand car up to four years old."
I rate the Ford Puma as the best small SUV on sale right now. It's affordable, good to drive and generously equipped as standard. But the ride can get a little firm on large wheels, so avoid the sporty ST-Line models or those on 18-inch alloys: You may also want to consider the latest Peugeot 2008. It's not as rewarding to drive as the Ford but it is very comfortable with a high-quality interior. and supportive seats We tested one for six months and you can read our long term review here:
Answered by Dan Powell
What should I buy to replace a Ford Focus?
"Our Ford Focus 1.8 Edge has just passed its MoT with 160,000 miles and still goes like a rocket - everything works. The engine has never been apart and it has the same clutch, exhaust, alternator etc. At the end of this year it will be goodbye. What should we buy next? "
Most conventional Focus buyers are now looking at crossover SUVs. The Ford Puma is one of our favourites – could be a good choice if it's big enough (it's more Fiesta than Focus-sized, although it does have a surprisingly big boot thanks to a 'megabox' storage bay in the boot). If you'd rather stick with a family-sized hatch, a Toyota Corolla Hybrid ought to be a very reliable choice with low running costs.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Ford Puma cost?

Buy new from £21,103(list price from £24,140)