Updated: Buyer’s guide to the Ford Puma

Updated: Buyer’s guide to the Ford Puma

Fresh changes to the Ford Puma make it an even more compelling option in the compact crossover class

Despite only arriving in the UK at the start of 2020, the new Ford Puma is proving to be a smash hit, and has scooped a number of awards already.

It’s one of the best cars to drive in the crossover segment, and feels just as agile as any supermini behind the wheel. However, it’s also well-equipped and is rather spacious, too – not least thanks to its clever ‘MegaBox’ boot – while also features new mild-hybrid petrol engines as well.

Since its launch less than six months ago, Ford’s already made a number of changes to its Puma line-up with the introduction of a new automatic model, as well as a flagship ST-Line X Vignale X.

So with that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the updated Ford Puma range…

What engines are available?

One of the highlights on this new Puma is its new mild-hybrid petrol engines, which offer improved running costs and greater responsiveness than other engines without the tech.

If you choose a Puma with a six-speed manual gearbox, you get the electrified technology as standard, which sees the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit mated to a belt-driven integrated starter/generator. This replaces an alternator and allows for energy to be recovered when braking and storing it in a battery.

You can choose this petrol engine with either 123bhp or 153bhp, and with that equipped the Puma can manage the 0-60mph sprint in 9.6 seconds and 8.7 seconds respectively. They’re also equally efficient – both returning 50.4mpg, with CO2 emissions of 127g/km.

Automatic models are also now available on the 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine as well, though they miss out on the mild-hybrid technology. With this engine, the Puma can reach 60mph in 10 seconds, and return 46.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

Diesel versions are said to be on the way, too, while a sporty ST is set to follow later this year – likely utilising the 197bhp 1.5-litre petrol unit from the Fiesta ST.

What trim levels are on offer?

With the introduction of a top-spec ST-Line X Vignale model, four Puma grades are now available. Equipment highlights and pricing are as follows.

Titanium – from £21,640

All Pumas come well-equipped, with standard kit including 17-inch alloy wheels, projector headlights, electric folding mirrors and a leather steering wheel. It also comes with an eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth and DAB radio, as well as climate control, rear parking sensors, wireless charging and massaging front seats – a first for this segment. Standard safety equipment also includes lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking.

ST-Line – from £22,590

If you fancy something a bit sportier, choose the ST-Line. This comes with revised 17-inch alloy wheels, a sportier bodykit and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. You also get an excellent 12.3-inch digital dials system.

ST-Line X – from £23,690

Upgrade to this ‘X’ grade to get larger 18-inch alloy wheels, carbon-effect interior accents and half leather seats. It also adds rear privacy glass, satellite navigation and a B&O premium sound system.

ST-Line X Vignale – from £25,240

This top-spec model gains various different design cues – including different 18-nch alloy wheels, a revised front end and additional chrome styling. It also brings LED headlights, full leather upholstery, keyless entry, front parking sensors, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

What about personalisation?

If you want to make your Puma stand out, there are no shortage of options to help you do so. For starters, all trim levels adopt their own unique look thanks to revised styling, while plenty of great colours can be picked – such as Desert Island Blue, Lucid Red and Grey Matter. Cool 19-inch alloy wheels can also be added on any of the ST-Line models, though just be aware that this could be at the expense of ride comfort. A black contrast roof could also be a nice touch.

Various option packs are available, and we think ticking the ‘Comfort Pack’ is a box worth ticking at £300 – this adding heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

A Driver Assistance Pack is also available for £900, and if you spend a lot of your time driving on motorways, it’s worth choosing. It adds adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and blind spot monitoring, as well as a useful reversing camera.

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