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heycar review

      Launch year
      2020
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Just a brilliant little crossover

Best bits

  • Fun to drive with eager engines
  • Stylish looks
  • Practical boot with standard ‘megabox’

Not so great

  • Limited on the used market
  • Not as spacious inside as some alternatives
  • Won’t appeal to badge snobs

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Ford Puma Exterior Front

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Overall verdict on the Ford Puma

"Finally, the Puma is a decent little crossover from Ford. It’s just as fun to drive as a Fiesta (and almost as good as the original Puma from the 90s), with little trade-off in terms of ride quality. It should be cheap to run, too, thanks to its small turbocharged engines with mild-hybrid technology."

Ford Puma Exterior Front

As well as being the UK’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta is also one of the best little cars money can buy. You’d have thought, then, that Ford would be able to work its magic on a small crossover. It’s easy, right - take the Fiesta, give it some extra ride height and voila - one superb little car to take on the Nissan Juke.


It’s taken a while, though. Ford’s first attempt was the EcoSport. It was based on the Fiesta, which was a good start, but everything went downhill from there. The interior was below par, it rode uncomfortably and it had, frankly, looks only a mother could love.


The EcoSport’s had numerous updates since its introduction in 2014 to try and make it a bit more competitive. Ford even introduced the Fiesta Active - a jacked-up version of the Fiesta - in a bid to capture some of that lucrative small crossover market.


Why the history lesson? Well, what we’re trying to say is, the Puma’s been a long time coming. It finally arrived in 2020 with trendy looks (it looks better in the metal, honestly), a versatile cabin and the fun driving experience we’ve become accustomed to from Ford.


Initially only sold with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, buyers could decide how much power they wanted: 125 or 155PS. Both were available with mild-hybrid technology, while the lower-powered engine was also sold without.


A 1.0-litre engine might sound a little pathetic but, actually, the Puma packs plenty of punch. It’s a lot more fun to drive than something like a Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, yet also ticks the refined box when you want to take it on a long journey.


It’s a bit smaller than rivals (more ‘car’ than ‘SUV’), and that means it’s not quite as spacious as alternatives inside. Your kids would probably prefer it if you bought a Renault Captur.


It has got an ace up its sleeve, though. The boot is huge - partly thanks to a clever feature hidden underneath the boot floor. It’s essentially a wipe-clean storage area dubbed the ‘megabox’. It might not sound that innovative, but it could be very useful for carrying things like muddy football boots.


You can’t really buy a basic Ford Puma, which explains why it looks relatively expensive on the used market (especially compared to the dreadful EcoSport). The most affordable models are badged Titanium, meaning you get things like cruise control, an eight-inch navigation system and rear parking sensors. Massage seats, too. Yup - on the entry-level car. 


Most people will be tempted by the sportier ST-Line or ST-Line X models, while early cars were also offered with First Edition packs. Depending on trim level, these adding features like extra driver assistance features or a panoramic sunroof.


As you can probably tell, we rate the Ford Puma highly. You’ll pay strong money for one but that just reflects its desirability.

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Ford Puma

1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV ST-Line X 5dr

  • 2020
  • 1,203 miles
  • Lookers Ford Sheffield
  • Yorkshire, S47UQ
Price:£19,799
PCP: £284.47/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £284.47, Customer Deposit: £2,969.00, Total Deposit: £2,969.85, Optional Final Payment: £9,959.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,086.30, Total Amount Payable: £22,885.30, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.61%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Ford Puma

1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV ST-Line 5dr

  • 2020
  • 271 miles
  • Foray Motor Group Ford Shaftesbury
  • Dorset, SP78PL
Price (ex VAT):£21,500
HP: £581.52/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £581.52, Customer Deposit: £3,225.00, Total Deposit: £3,225.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,660.72, Total Amount Payable: £24,160.72, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 4.72%

Is the Ford Puma right for you?

Do you want one of the most desirable small crossovers on sale? Silly question. The Puma ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of people. As well as being great to drive, it’s a comfortable choice that’ll happily eat up motorway miles. It’s got more personality than the Volkswagen T-Roc, and is better to drive than a Citroen C3 Aircross. Frankly, it’s in a different league to the Vauxhall Crossland X.


OK, the cabin could be a little bigger, and some people will turn their noses up at the Ford badge. You’ll have to wait a while before automatic or diesel models trickle down to the used market. Other than that, there’s really not an awful lot going against the Puma.

What’s the best Ford Puma model/engine to choose?

There aren’t many choices and, to be honest, none of them are bad. Titanium models will suit buyers looking for comfort - with its compliant ride and massage seats. The ST-Line looks and feels a bit sportier, thanks to its bodykit and sports suspension. ST-Line X models are fully loaded, with part-leather seats, a premium sound system and sick 18-inch alloy wheels. Yes, we said ‘sick’.


In terms of engines, the EcoBoost 125 will suit most buyers, although it’s hard to ignore the temptation of the more powerful 155 version. This adds to the Puma’s fun factor and won’t cost a great deal more to run. If you cover a lot of miles, it might be worth waiting for a diesel. There’s also a hot ST model on its way.


What other cars are similar to the Ford Puma?

We’d also suggest looking at the Volkswagen T-Roc. It’s a stylish crossover with a decent cabin (although it feels a bit cheap in some areas). The SEAT Arona is better to drive and has been around for longer - so you’re more likely to find a pre-loved bargain. We like the latest Peugeot 2008 although, like the Puma, it’s still relatively new so will be expensive second-hand. A Renault Captur is a more practical choice, while the Citroen C3 Aircross majors on comfort. If you’re on a budget, you could also consider the Ford EcoSport. But you probably shouldn’t.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Ford Puma a good car?

We rate the Ford Puma highly and it's one of our best-rated cars of 2020. You’ll pay strong money for one but that just reflects its desirability. More personality than the Volkswagen T-Roc, and is better to drive than a Citroen C3 Aircross. Frankly, it’s in a different league to the Vauxhall Crossland X.

Dan Powell

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Is the Ford Puma 4x4?

This is a small 4x4 front-wheel drive only and its 1.0-litre petrol engines are more at home on suburban roads than in the mud. Should you need a car with some off-road capability, we suggest looking elsewhere - Suzuki's Jimny, for example.

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What is the Ford Puma based on?

The Ford Puma is loosely based on the Ford Fiesta. Although it has a different look and rides much higher, underneath it shares many components and parts. That's no bad thing - we rate the Ford Fiesta highly, too.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the Ford Puma an SUV?

Depends who you ask. Some will call it an SUV. Others will call it a crossover. It's best to look at the company that the Ford Puma keeps. The SEAT Arona is similar - better to drive and has been around for longer - so you’re more likely to find a pre-loved bargain. We like the latest Peugeot 2008 although, like the Puma, it’s still relatively new so will be expensive second-hand.

Andy Brady

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