Ford has added a brand new crossover to its model range: the Puma. It’s certainly not the brand’s first crossover, but it probably looks the sportiest. So nice to look at, but we’ll find out whether it is practical and drives well!
Puma compared to Ford Fiesta
No, the new Puma is not a compact sports coupé, like the model of the same name that Ford produced between 1997 and 2002. They do have something in common: like the original Puma, the new Puma shares the platform with the Ford Fiesta.
For the new Puma, Ford has slightly widened and extended this B-platform. It is therefore 4.19 meters long and 14 centimeters longer than the Fiesta. Of course, this SUV is also higher on its wheels than the Fiesta.
EcoBoost ST-Line model
“But Ford already has a compact SUV in the showroom”, I hear you think. That’s right: the Ford EcoSport. This compact model has many clean and angular lines, and should appeal to a public that wants a tough crossover with a real SUV look.
The Puma, on the other hand, looks much sportier and more elegant in every way. Two large, rounded headlamps adorn the front. They are, as it were, glued to the top of the car, so that you can see them well from the driver’s seat. Nice to look at, but also practical. You always know where the front goes.
According to Ford, headlights on the Puma are a subtle reference to the Ford GT. If we squint a little, we see a little Porsche Macan in it ourselves. We can imagine worse models for comparison.
Beneath the headlights is a large, distinctive honeycomb grille. This one looks even more cool in the ST-Line X version that we drive. The ST-Line X variant is in fact extra sporty. Think of painted wheel arches, sturdy 18-inch wheels and the car is actually completely free of chrome. All moldings are black, which provides an extra tough look.
We see that car designers use more and more tricks to give a car a different look than it actually has. Think, for example, of a black-colored C-pillar and door styles, so that the roof seems to float. In recent years, it was mainly the C-pillar that designers went wild.
Ford is now starting on the A-pillar, which has been made floating with the Puma. A black piece of plastic at the bottom of this A-pillar prevents it from being connected to the hood. And simsalabim: the roof is floating! We had never seen that trick in that place before!
Ford Puma (2020) 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line model 155 pk
As in most compact crossovers, the new Puma also has a three-cylinder petrol engine. In the Netherlands, this 1.0-EcoBoot engine is available with 92 kW/125 hp and 114 kW/155 hp. We drive the 155 hp version, which is equipped with Mild Hybrid technology as standard.
During coasting and braking, the energy that is released is stored in a battery, and is then used again during acceleration. Nice and economical, and we notice that during the test. When rolling out to the traffic light we see the speed suddenly drop, a sign that the engine is not doing anything for a while.
The car is very fanatical with these savings, but you are absolutely not bothered by it. If the traffic light suddenly turns green, the engine will start again within milliseconds, and you don’t even realize what happened. The stated average consumption of 5.4 l/100 km is therefore achievable.
We could write a whole chapter about the luggage compartment, because it is quite special. There is a MegaBox in the back of the Puma. At least that’s what Ford calls it. In the trunk is a deep square space under the load floor, which fits 80 liters of extra luggage.
Because this space is very deep, you can easily transport objects up to 115 centimeters, upright! Moving houseplants has never been so easy, but a set of golf bags also fit with ease.
The MegaBox is also very suitable for dirty muddy boots. There is a drain in the box, so you can spray it with your garden hose, which is handy! The normal luggage compartment measures 456 liters and an electric tailgate is available as an option.
The interior of the Puma is undoubtedly familiar to Ford Fiesta owners. We see many elements that the two models share. We also encounter the well-known SYNC 3 infotainment system in the Puma. The 8-inch touchscreen is easy to operate and is also very clear and easy to read. The system is suitable for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can use Google Maps or Apple Music, for example.
Thanks to a FordPass Connect modem, everyone in the car can use WiFi. Even if everyone has several gadgets in their pocket, you can connect up to 10 devices to the network. This way they stay sweet in the back when you set course for the campsite in the south of France.
Ford Puma (2020) 1.0 EcoBoost ST-Line X handling
Driving the Ford Puma is a very pleasant experience. The ST-Line X version is equipped with a sports suspension, with modified shock absorbers and springs. And you notice that immediately. The car is solid on the road. The car is quite high on its wheels, but has no problems with sharp turns.
The sporty ST-Line version steers tightly, directly and in combination with 155 hp under the hood, this will put a smile on your face. 125 hp is also sufficient in the Netherlands, after all, we are not allowed to go faster than 100 km/h during the day and we do not go into the mountains, but with the 155 hp version everything falls exactly into place.
However, the sporty chassis has not been designed with comfort in mind. Fortunately, the roads in the Netherlands are of excellent quality, and it never gets uncomfortable behind the wheel. Are you going to emigrate to a country where potholes are the norm? Then go for the Titanium version.
Ford Puma 2020 Pricing
The Puma has a starting price of 26,900 euros. That doesn’t make it the cheapest in its class, but there’s a reason. This entry-level variant is already quite thickly dressed. The Puma has air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, parking sensors, wireless phone charger and various active safety systems such as an emergency brake assist system and lane departure warning. So a whole lot of stuff.
Sebastiaan van der Pol of Ford Netherlands explains: “Since appearance and design are the most important (80%) buying argument for buyers of a car in the B-SUV segment, we have opted for only richly equipped and therefore beautifully equipped with the Puma. to offer dressed-up versions. Unlike, for example, with the Fiesta, you will not find a Trend version with a competitive entry price on the price list. We start with the Puma with the Luxe and complete Titanium or the sporty ST-Line version. When comparing the ‘starting price’ of models in this segment, it is therefore important to take a good look at the basic equipment, otherwise you are quickly comparing apples and oranges.”
If you want to dress the Puma even further, you get an aluminum poker in the ST-Line version, red stitching everywhere, a sporty steering wheel with a flattened bottom and 18-inch wheels with matte black inlay. The ST-Line version stands for 28,050 in the showroom.
We drive the ST-Line X version, which also has carbon look parts on the dashboard, sports seats with leather and a B&O sound system with 10 speakers. The Puma ST-Line X variant is available from 30,150 Euro. Knowing more? Then watch the video below!