The Ford Puma is a sport compact coupe produced by Ford Europe from September 1997 to July 2002. The Fiesta-based coupe broadened Ford’s range of impressive drivers’ cars and made all of its compact coupe rivals feel just a bit, how shall we put it, under-developed. In an era where small, inexpensive cars have grown in size and adopted sensible 3-cylinder engines, the 2020 Ford Puma’s compact footprint and its petrol-hybrid engine party trick make it even more appealing.
The new Puma has been reborn as a small SUV, sitting above the brand’s EcoSport and below the Ford Kuga. It’s based on the Fiesta but sits 30mm higher and is longer, taller, wider, and has a longer distance between the front and rear wheels. The Puma prides itself on being fun to drive without sacrificing practicality. While adults might feel a tad cramped in the rear, there’s plenty of space for children and the boot is well thought through.
Its closest rivals are the big-selling Renault Captur, Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Roc, but unlike those cars, the Puma has mild-hybrid engine technology that you’d usually expect to find in much more expensive cars, allowing it to combine nippy acceleration with fuel economy to boot.
“Engineered to help you get the most out of today’s modern living. With innovative ‘human-centric’ design, bold SUV exterior styling, and a sophisticated hybrid powertrain: Ford Puma doesn’t seek your attention – it quietly demands it.”