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Ford Puma Colour Guide: Which Should You Choose?

Here’s a detailed look at the paint palette available on the Ford Puma 5-seater crossover-SUV, which we hope will help you choose your perfect new car colour. 

There are 9 main paint options for the Puma, comprising 2 solid paints, 5 metallic paints, 1 matte-effect ‘pastel’ paint and 1 pearlescent paint; above the standard colour offered on most models, Ford bundles these into 2 overarching categories called Premium and Exclusive – although only 1 colour, the pearlescent, is actually exclusive to 1 model only. Besides the exterior hues, we also outline the various interior upholsteries that go with these body colours.

Paint Types

Solid = a simple body colour with no additives in the paint. Usually comprises 3 coats, these being a primer, then the paint, then a clear, protective lacquer. Solid paints aren’t particularly shiny and are normally the only standard/no-cost colours offered by manufacturers.

Metallic = same application process as above but the paint now has powdered metal mixed into it, which reflects more light to give the car a shinier appearance. Metallic finishes usually cost more than solid paints.

Pearlescent/Mica = as above, only instead of metal, ceramic crystals (known as ‘mica’) are added to the paint. These not only reflect light but refract it too, giving one colour different appearances in different levels of light. They’re normally as expensive as or pricier than metallic paints.

Matte = uses special ‘flattening’ agents in the paint/layering make-up to give the car a non-reflective appearance, and sometimes an unusual texture too. These are normally the most expensive and rarest of paint options, and are not offered on many new car models.

Exterior

Blazer Blue

Type: Solid

Cost: No cost (default colour on first 5 trim levels)

Available On: Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X

Blazer-Blue

The standard body colour for most Ford Puma models is this dark, solid blue. It’ll be a good one to hide the winter dirt and will require minimum upkeep as a result, but it is quite a flat colour in most lights. It is not available at all, even as a no-cost option, on the top 2 specifications of the Puma, which are ST-Line Vignale and the full ST performance model.

Frozen White (Premium)

Type: Solid

Cost: £275 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), no cost (standard on ST-Line Vignale and ST)

Available On: All models

Frozen-White

Frozen White is actually a solid paint, although Ford has managed to give it a bit of depth nonetheless. Although it’s listed as a Premium option and therefore incurs a £275 cost on the first 5 specifications of the Puma range, it’s less money than any of the metallics. Like any white, it looks great when clean but will show up grubby marks almost the instant you’ve finished washing it. Frozen White is the standard, no-cost colour on the top 2 specifications of the Puma, in lieu of the Blazer Blue used for the rest of the range.

Agate Black (Premium)

Type: Metallic

Cost: £525 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), £275 (ST-Line Vignale, ST)

Available On: All models

Agate-Black

Your classic shiny black, Agate is the 1st metallic we look at and it sits in the Premium palette. Like bright whites, black paints look great when clean but a word of warning for the lazy – if you think black cars hide the dirt the best of all, think again. They actually show up winter road salt quite noticeably, so you’ll still need to wash Agate Black quite often if you want your Puma looking its best through the colder months.

Solar Silver (Premium)

Type: Metallic

Cost: £525 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), £275 (ST-Line Vignale)

Available On: All models except ST

Solar-Silver

Solar Silver is the only bright, metallic silver available on the Puma and it’s the sort of finish you’d have seen on all those Ford Fusions that used to rattle about the place in the early 2000s. It’s a restrained and dignified colour, but not massively exciting. However, it will need less-frequent washing once it starts accumulating road grime, because it will mask the worst visual sins of year-round motoring duties.

Desert Island Blue (Exclusive)

Desert-Island-Blue

Type: Metallic

Cost: £675 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), £425 (ST-Line Vignale, ST)

Available On: All models

A brilliant, bright blue and the 1st of the Exclusive colours, Desert Island is a really eye-catching shade. It is particularly good on the range-topping, 200hp ST model, because fast Fords always look cracking in a rich blue; the company has frequently used similar colours for its many, many motorsport exploits of the past.

Magnetic (Exclusive)

Type: Metallic

Cost: £675 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), £425 (ST-Line Vignale, ST)

Available On: All models

Magnetic

Could just as easily be called Gunmetal, because that’s what it is – a rich, metallic grey in the midtone range. Magnetic will manage to keep its looks even with a hefty crust of muck slathered up its sides, so it’s a great colour pick for those who loathe washing their cars every weekend.

Fantastic Red (Exclusive)

Type: Metallic

Cost: £775 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), £525 (ST-Line Vignale, ST)

Available On: All models

Fantastic-Red

A striking option for the Puma, Fantastic Red is so vivid it verges on the orange. This is not going to be for all tastes, but Fantastic Red is one of the joint most-expensive paint options for the Ford – it’s a £775 upgrade on the first 5 specifications, and £525 on the ST-Line Vignale and ST versions.

Grey Matter (Exclusive)

Type: Matte (pastel)

Cost: £775 (Titanium Design, Titanium, ST-Line Design, ST-Line, ST-Line X), £525 (ST-Line Vignale, ST)

Available On: All models

Grey-Matter

The only matte-look paint in the palette is this one, a trendy grey which doesn’t reflect the light in the way Magnetic would. Grey Matter is roughly analogous to much-vaunted Nardo Grey, which used to be an Audi RS signature shade a few years back. Grey Matter is again 1 of 3 paints which will incur the highest option cost for any Puma customer considering finishing their car in the shade, but once more it particularly suits the high-performance ST – as the contrast against the huge wheels and all-black body detailing/roof is strong… and superb.

Mean Green (Exclusive)

Type: Pearlescent

Cost: £525

Available On: Exclusive to ST

Mean-Green

A fabulous shade of pearlescent paint, Mean Green is only available to Puma ST customers. It’s being transferred to the mechanically similar Fiesta ST for the hot hatch’s midlife facelift, so good a finish is it, and on the Puma it looks spectacular against the black detailing of the 200hp model. Plus, anyone who knows a bit about cars will clock from 50 yards away that you’ve got a genuine ST if you pick this shade, rather than there being a possibility you’ve just got a 125hp 1.0-litre MHEV variant in ST-Line Design specification.

Interior

Titanium Cloth Trim In Ebony

Type: Cloth

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: Titanium Design, Titanium

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

The Titanium-grade Pumas come with simple black fabric seats and there’s a discreet honeycomb-look structure to the material on the seat centres. It’s worth noting that throughout the Puma range, there is no option to upgrade a cabin material to a better finish for a fee – if you want one of the other interiors listed below, you therefore have to step up to the specification of car to which they are attached.

ST-Line Cloth Trim In Ebony With Red Stitching

Type: Cloth

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: ST-Line Design, ST-Line

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

The 1st 2 ST-Line specifications come with a tighter weave to the central black fabric on the seats, while red stitching used throughout the cabin lifts the ambience from the entry-level Titanium cars.

ST-Line X Partial Premium Sensico With Red Stitching

Type: Cloth and synthetic leather

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: ST-Line X

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

The upmarket ST-Line X not only enjoys man-made Sensico imitation leather on the outer sections of the seats, but the central fabric takes on a pattern involving some racy-looking jagged lines. Neat.

ST-Line Vignale Premium Sensico With Metal Grey Stitching

Type: Synthetic leather

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: ST-Line Vignale

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

The ST-Line Vignale gets full Sensico synthetic leather on the seats, dropping the cloth, and the pattern in the centres becomes hexagonal in form.

ST Recaro Sports Seats In Partial Leather With Miko Dinamica

Type: Leather and Dinamica microfibre

Cost: No cost (standard interior)

Available On: ST

Available With All Body Colours?: Yes

As befits the speedy flagship of the Puma range, the ST gets an entirely different design of seat. It’s a proper Recaro bucket, with larger side bolsters on both the base and the seat-back, and it’s trimmed in genuine leather for the outers, with Miko Dinamica microfibre (which is an alternative to Alcantara) forming the seat centres. To finish the look off properly, red ‘ST’ emblems are stitched into the seat faces, just beneath the head restraints. It’s the best interior for the Puma, in the model which is (understandably) the best to drive, too.

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