New Ford Puma: everything you need to know

Published: 24 September 2020

► New Ford Puma ST spied
► Plus the rest of the Puma range
► Mild-hybrids, on sale now

The new Ford Puma has become a firm favourite of the junior crossover segment, beating the Peugeot 2008, VW T-Cross and Nissan Juke in our recent Giant Test. For everything you need to know about the new Ford Puma, keep reading or follow the quick links below: 

The Ford Puma is no longer a coupe; now it's a baby SUV

How often do we bemoan B-segment SUVs for looking too similar to other smaller or larger cars in the range? Very often is the answer. And now Ford has come along and actually built something that really does stand out we can’t very well say it’s got a face like one of those rubber alien masks, can we? Be sure to sound off in the comments below. 

What about the Puma's mild hybrid engines? 

Available with either 123bhp or 153bhp, the Puma’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol mild hybrid units (catchily named EcoBoost Hybrid) use an 11.5kW integrated starter/generator (BISG) in place of a regular alternator. This recovers and stores energy from braking or coasting and stores it in a 48-volt lithium battery back, as well as acting as a motor on its own. 

Read our full review of the new Ford Puma here

The upshot is that the system provides extra torque (from the electric motor), all the while keeping efficiency in check by not working the engine any harder. What’s more, the start-stop technology now activates at speeds up to 10mph, while Ford has also been able to lower the engine’s compression ratio and add a larger turbo, thanks to the BISG’s ability to mitigate turbo lag by using the electric motor. 

A hot Ford Puma ST is tipped, but no official confirmation yet

Other engines include 95bhp and 125bhp non-mild-hybrid petrols plus a 1.5-litre 120bhp diesel due after launch. A seven-speed DCT automatic version of the regular 125bhp is due in 2020, while Ford is also looking into pairing this with the hybrid powertrain. 

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And the interior?

It’s pretty much the same as the Fiesta's, albeit with a slightly higher driving position and Ford’s all-new 12.3-inch digital dashboard display.

Ford Puma SUV interior

There’s also the usual plethora of safety systems on offer, including adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go traffic jam assist, plus something called Local Hazard Warning. This, according to Ford, notifies drivers of road works, broken-down vehicles or even animals on the road using crowd-sourced data.

You mentioned clever storage solutions?

Yes, the party piece. With removable seat covers and a class-leading bootspace of 456 litres, Ford has clearly put a fair amount of thought into the Puma’s lifestyle-loving target market – and it doesn’t stop there. 

Ford Puma boot: new crossover designed to be practical

The luggage compartment has an adjustable height boot floor that can, if you wish, create three storage spaces – or just one very large one. Perhaps best of all, however, is the Puma’s lower load box that can features a drain plug for easy cleaning. What’s more, you can also accommodate two full size upright golf club bags with the boot in its deepest configuration. 

Ford Puma review by our sister website CarZing

When can I buy a Puma and how much will it cost?

The new Ford Puma crossover will cost from £20,845 when sales start this winter, the Blue Oval has confirmed. That'll bag you a Titanium spec Puma, which includes niceties such as massaging seats and wireless phone charging as standard.

Buyers can step up to a limited First Edition model from £22,295 or ST-Line X spec priced from £25,195. 

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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