Why buy the Ford Puma?
The Ford Puma is one of the best small SUVs you can buy. In a market packed with rivals – some of them very good – the Puma stands out as one of the most well-rounded options. It’s spacious enough for family use, has a big boot and comes packed with features included as standard. On top of that, it’s fun to drive and is available with a choice of trims and engines. There’s even a high-performance model for maximum fun.
Ford Puma range and updates
The Ford Puma has been on sale since 2019 and you have four trim levels to choose from, as well as various special-edition models. You could also opt for the sporty Puma ST, which has more power than the rest of the range. Only petrol engines are available. Almost all of the smaller, 1.0-litre engines have mild-hybrid technology to help improve fuel economy.
Ford Puma tech and features
Even the Ford Puma’s entry-level trim – called Titanium – is well equipped with alloy wheels, a heated windscreen and cruise control, as well a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There are several ST-Line models, which have a sportier look taken from the high-performance ST. These are ST-Line, ST-Line X and ST-Line Vignale, all of which add various extra features, such as bigger wheels and a driver’s display in place of traditional dials.
The ST has 19-inch alloy wheels and extra-supportive seats. As well as extra power from its sporty engine, it also has the same features as the high-spec ST-Line X model and luxuries like a heated steering wheel.
Ford Puma running costs and value
All Ford Pumas are front-wheel drive and have relatively small, efficient engines, which means they don’t burn through fuel at the same rate as heavier four-wheel-drive SUVs. You can expect more than 50mpg from the ‘regular’ engines, while the performance ST model promises 41mpg, according to official figures, which compare very well to the fuel economy you can achieve in rival cars.
While the Puma can cost more to buy than some of those rivals, it gives you a good amount of features, space and power so it’s good value for money overall.
Ford Puma vs rivals
The Ford Puma is one of many small SUVs on the market, including some very good ones. Cars that you might want to check out include the Volkswagen T-Cross and T-Roc, which feel more premium than the Ford but can’t match its well-rounded appeal. If you want a diesel, look at the Renault Captur, which also offers a plug-in hybrid version with an official range of around 30 miles on battery power alone.
The Seat Arona has a sportier driving experience than many, and the Hyundai Bayon with its excellent five-year warranty, is also worth a look.