The second element of the Ford Puma’s impressive performance is a hybrid engine that blends power and efficiency in equal measure. Under the new Puma’s bonnet is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that, in key models, is partnered with a 48v mild hybrid. Available with either 123bhp or 153bhp, this compact powertrain gives the Puma a torquey, responsive feel – especially in low- to mid-range acceleration.
“The fact that [the Puma] was almost 7.0sec (about 40%) quicker from 30mph to 70mph in fourth gear than the 1.0-litre turbocharged Juke illustrates the difference made by Ford’s hybrid system” said our road testers.
Drive Modes let you pick the driving style between Eco and Sport to suit your mood, with Slippery and Trail modes if you’re looking to tackle slightly dicier road surfaces.
Equally, clever cylinder deactivation technology and superb engine-off coasting make the new Puma supremely economical when needed, while regenerative braking recovers energy to be used at a later time. That creates low emissions and CO2 figures that make selected Puma models perfect for company car buyers.
Refinement in simplicity (and practicality)
As a modern family-friendly SUV, the Ford Puma also needs to be cosseting and practical to use in equal measure, and the new Puma’s cabin is stylish and functional without being cluttered or complicated, thanks to a high-tech all-digital dashboard.
Key information is displayed to the driver via a crisp 12.3” digital instrument cluster on the ST-Line trims, while every Puma includes Ford’s Sync3 infotainment system – with a responsive 8.0in touchscreen that makes browsing the sat-nav, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto a breeze. FordConnect is also standard, adding a 4G wi-fi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices.
Cruise control, lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking are standard, while the optional Driver Assistance pack adds blind-spot warning, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist systems. Finally, Active Park Assist takes the stress out of parking – identifying suitable spaces before steering you in. All you need to do is operate the throttle, brakes and gears.