Ford Puma experience 2024 | maximum speed

Ford Puma experience 2024 |  maximum speed

The Puma is a small crossover based on the Fiesta (RIP), a car we’ve come to love a lot. The design is sleeker than previous Ford eras, with gently curved sides that fall below a waistline that’s visually lengthened by a black stripe at the base of the screen pillar. This draws your eye back horizontally from the hood, rather than up to the roof.

Being based on the Fiesta, it should be fun to drive in a way that very few small crossovers are. But before the Puma there was another small crossover based on the Fiesta. It was called EcoSport, and it was absolute garbage.

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In fact, Ford’s crossovers are pretty spotty. While the Kuga was dented, does anyone remember seeing an Edge on British roads? Or Ca+ active? The deserving couple has been floundering in a dying state long before they actually tied the knot a few years ago.

So did things go in the right direction?

Spoiler alert: yes. The boma at the heart of the holiday is taller and taller. And that’s pretty much how it steers and rides, with the Puma ST being a real surprise. But there’s more to it than that, because as the runaway sales of current small crossovers have proven, dynamics have barely registered in buyers’ priorities.

To stand out from the competition, the Puma needs more than just driving smarts. And for her. Number one, she has some really smart ideas about her back end. Yes, Top Gear doesn’t usually come to the top of this review. Because shoes are boring. But having to leave your stuff behind is also boring. As well as cleaning the wet carpet of dirty shoes with muddy equipment.

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So Puma has a large, deep, rubber-lined box (called, rather ingeniously, a ‘MegaBox’) under the boot floor where you can carry your mess. And when the box itself gets too wet, well, you can simply open a plug hole and close it. Even when dry, it’s the largest and most convenient shoe in the small crossover segment.

Surely there is more to it than that?

Number two, Ford added a lot of technology. There is a digital toolkit. The automatic transmission version has a Level 2 assisted drive option, similar to the Juke’s ProPilot.

Another standard piece of technology is a permanent connection to the Internet, which is used for more than just satellite traffic information. If any connected, compatible car (and there will soon be many) in the neighborhood breaks down, skids, or breaks down, it will send a warning to the cloud. The Puma picks it up as it approaches so it warns its driver of what’s around the corner.

Ford engines are usually easy to use, right?

Yes. Third Puma USP is the engine. Your standard Puma options are limited to two 1.0-litre three-cylinder engines, producing either 123bhp or 153bhp. But both versions get 48-volt mild hybrid assistance. Ford gave it a bigger turbo for more power — 155 horsepower is a lot from just one liter — which would have made it horribly slow. But the electric motor works at low revs and fills the hole.

There’s also an ST version with a 197-hp 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo (like the Fiesta ST), but with torque up from 214 lb-ft to 236. This is front-wheel drive and the shock is manual.

What is its price?

Prices start from just over £25,500, which gets you the 1.0-litre three-cylinder mild-hybrid engine with 123bhp. More expensive than things like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross, but probably worth it. Read more about it in the purchasing section.

What is the ruling?

It easily outperforms its closest competitors and lures the driver into an uninteresting class of cars

The UK loves Ford. Although the Focus and Fiesta have dropped from the best-seller list, it is the Puma that is now doing the heavy lifting for Ford. In fact, at the time of writing, it is currently the best-selling car in the UK. It easily outperforms the latest Nissan Juke and VW’s lackluster T-Cross, and brings driver appeal to an otherwise uninteresting class of cars.

It’s also an impressively round thing. The interior is smartly versatile and well furnished. The ST is a fun car to drive with surprising capability, and overall you can see why the Puma has been so warmly received by the buying public.

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