2020 Ford Puma ST Review

5/5

Overview

The Puma is a small crossover based on the Fiesta and for this reason should be enjoyable to own in a way very few small crossovers actually are. It is an impressive looking machine with wonderfully bulbous styling but it has some serious rivals in its class including the second-generation Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur, the Peugeot 2008 and the VW T-Cross. Its combination of an interesting engine, strong cornering and dignified ride are tough to beat and the interior is modern ergonomic excellence. 

Pros
  • Extensive list of standard equipment
  • Exotic exterior design
  • Typical Ford pedigree and reliability
  • Clever under-floor storage in the boot
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Styling might not be everyone's cup of tea

Exterior

The styling is softer on the palate than other Fords, with neatly curved sides just underneath a midriff that is cosmetically increased by a black strip at the bottom of the screen pillar. This draws gazing eyes back along the bonnet instead of up to the roof. ST specific grilles give the car an air of menace as well as cooling the engine while a front splitter, large wing and 19 inch alloy wheels add a further element of sporting niceness to proceedings. The roof, spoiler, front grille surrounds, side trim and door mirror caps are always painted black, no matter what colour the owner chooses. The bulbous headlights and sloping roofline evoke memories of the original Puma. 

Interior

The standard Puma is well equipped with even the Titanium getting driver assist (good for insurance) and phone mirroring for its eight-inch touchscreen. ST spec cars get climate control, navigation, a B&O sound system and a partial leather interior. There is plenty of room in the rear for occupants and handy features like removable fabric covers on the seats so you can throw them in the washing machine when the kids spill drinks on them. The on-board controls are easy to understand while Ford’s Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system is also extremely user-friendly with simple separate climate control dials. The combination of digital dials and stitched soft-touch plastics give the Puma an upmarket feel. 

Performance

Under the skin the Puma uses the same 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine as the Fiesta giving it 197 brake horse power to play with and a 0 – 100 kilometres per hour time of 6.2 seconds. 

Reliability

Warranty is 60,000 miles and three years and Ford dealers are of course all over the place.

Running Costs

The engine in this model offers a fine blend of performance and economy while motor tax rates are good for the power you are getting. 

Handling

The suspension set-up is similar to the Fiestas but has to take into account the extra weight and height so the rear torsion bar is 40 percent stiffer. Ford are able to engineer so much fluidity and excitement into this car, it is more enjoyable than it has a right to be. 

Safety

The 2020 Ford Puma was awarded a five-star NCAP safety rating and it’s not hard to see why with an extensive list of all the latest safety equipment and features as standard. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

The Puma is a small crossover based on the Fiesta and for this reason should be enjoyable to own in a way very few small crossovers actually are. It is an impressive looking machine with wonderfully bulbous styling but it has some serious rivals in its class including the second-generation Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur, the Peugeot 2008 and the VW T-Cross. Its combination of an interesting engine, strong cornering and dignified ride are tough to beat and the interior is modern ergonomic excellence.