4.4 out of 5 4.4
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Best handling small SUV is surprisingly practical too

Ford Puma SUV (19 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £20,340 - £27,215
Lease from new From £215 p/m View lease deals
Fuel Economy 42.2 - 52.3 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 14 - 19 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fun to drive
  • Economical petrol engines
  • Clear digital dials
  • Boot is useful size and shape

CONS

  • Styling won't suit all
  • Likewise the fast steering
  • Question mark over UK ride quality
  • Infotainment not the most intuitive

Ford Puma SUV rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

Pitched as a car that can turn heads on a Friday night, fit flat-pack furniture with ease on Saturday afternoon, while all the time providing a class-leading level of driving enjoyment, the Ford Puma SUV makes some bold promises about a wide range of talents.

This new compact crossover is a rival to the style-driven Nissan Juke and Renault Captur and revives a badge last seen on Ford¡¯s small coupe first sold in the 1990s. This is resolutely not a coupe, but it is certainly a more elegant shape than the boxy EcoSport that¡¯s been the entry point to the Ford crossover/SUV range for the last few years.

Like the original Puma though, this SUV is based on the Ford Fiesta. This time, it¡¯s a considerably larger vehicle: longer, wider and taller with a substantially larger boot.

Puma debuts lots of new Ford tech

2020 Ford Puma ST-Line X - blue side profile

As well as those eye-catching (and divisive) looks, the Puma is also the test bed for a whole host of new engineering and gadgets that Ford hopes will help sell its cars.

Chief among these is the addition of mild-hybridisation to its petrol engines ¨C basically a battery that is recharged while you decelerate or brake, which can then power an electric motor to supplement the normal engine.

This benefits both efficiency and performance, making the tiny the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine the Puma was launched with feel larger and more punchy than it should, while returning fuel economy that makes a diesel engine seem a bit pointless.

Fiesta-like interior, with extras

2020 Ford Puma ST-Line X - interior

The basic layout of the Puma¡¯s interior is straight from the Fiesta, with the 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment screen and various practical cubby holes to store things in.

Where the Puma switches things up is behind the wheel where a 12.3-inch screen (standard on some models, optional on others) replaces the analogue dials, and in the trim panels surrounding the air vents that stretches across the dash.

These vary with trim with either carbon fibre or wood effect depending on whether you pick a model that leans on a more performance or luxury look.

High-specification trim structure

2020 Ford Puma ST-Line X - rear static

The model line-up kicks off with sporty ST-Line and stylish Titanium, and was topped off from launch by the ST-Line X.

Arriving halfway through 2020, the ST-Line X Vignale promises interior luxury with a more performance focussed exterior ¨C thanks to a large rear spoiler, LED headlights, leather seats and steering wheel, plus B&O stereo.

All models come with big alloy wheels and clever luggage space thanks to a flexible, variable boot floor and ¡®Megabox¡¯ storage system - essentially a big plastic container underneath the boot with a waterproof lining and drain plug. More on that in the next review section.

Read on for the full Parkers verdict on the Ford Puma SUV

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