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2020 Ford Puma

2020 Ford Puma

Exciting stuff on the news front is that Ford has introduced their tidy new 2020 Ford Puma, which is a small SUV (sort of).  Premium safety features, comfort and decent power make this a small SUV (sort of) to be reckoned with.  Entering in as an alternative to the Peugeot 2008 or Nissan Juke, the Ford Puma runs a pretty straight race.

2020 Ford Puma

The little Ford Puma is back with vengeance, and essentially it’s a Ford Fiesta that has been given an SUV lift.  To look at you need to dream a bit, and use your imagination, in terms of trying to find the SUV part in the new Puma design; however it looks pretty flowing – albeit at more of a fat-hatch height than a high-riding SUV.  Ford has hit a sporty note with the Puma lines, and I like it.  The back end looks nicely proportioned and fills out the rear-end design well.  Side-on, the Puma has a sloping roof-line that drops away sweetly toward the back end.  Large wheel arches are enhanced and the low door sills are thick and muscular.  Another cool feature about the 2020 Ford Puma design is what Ford calls the ‘floating A-pillar design’, where the A-pillar appears to float and not join where the bonnet starts.  I like it, and it looks great!  Around the front of the new Puma the headlights sit higher up, and the grille is big for a small SUV, both of which I quite like, as well.

Take a look under the hood, and you’ll see that a three-pot, 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol delivers the goods; the 7-speed automatic gearboxes are the go-sticks.  So it’s a 999 cc turbo petrol that feels peppy and energetic, so much so that there is 92 kW of power available at the top end of the revs and 170 Nm of torque available between 1500 and 4500 rpm.  The wide and flat torque delivery is brilliant, and helps in the punchy delivery of this small SUV’s (hatchback’s) performance.  You are going to be impressed with the new Puma’s fuel economy that is aided by start/stop engine technology as standard.  Around 5.5- to- 6.0 litres/100 km is quite achievable.

On the road the Puma is nice and planted with a tight turning capacity and good brakes that aren’t too quick to bite.  The reversing camera is nice to use around car parks and driveway areas.  ST-Lines are firmer, which leads to occupants feeling bumps a little bit more, but the trade-off is great grip when cornering quickly.  The base model might be a sweeter, more comfortable ride for those considering a new Puma and have less-sporty aspirations– food for thought.

Three models are available and these include the: Ford Puma, Ford Puma ST-Line and Ford Puma ST-Line V.  As stressed above, they all run the same engine and deliver similar performance and efficiency.  Essentially, the Puma and Puma STi Line are both well-equipped little cars which feature the 7-Speed DCT gearbox, an 8-inch colour touch screen, LED ambient lighting, electric windows, rain sensing wipers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Applink, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – with pedestrian protection, a FordPass Connect embedded modem, a lane keeping aid with lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, satellite navigation with traffic updates, 2 USB ports, automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, luggage compartment hooks and wireless charging as standard.  The only main differences between these two cars being the ST-Line boasts a sporty body kit and the tighter sports suspension.

Top of the range is the Ford Puma ST-Line V, which adds to the equipment level of the other two cars with features like: a hands-free powered tailgate, a premium sound system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer, privacy glass and smart keyless entry with push button start.  Obviously, it gets the ST-Line’s sportier looks, as well.

There is an options list that has things like a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, automatic park assist, a prestige paint job and black roof racks as some of the offerings.  All Pumas come with an impressive safety feature list as standard, making the car a five-star car in its class.

2020 Ford Puma

Seat comfort is good and space in the front excellent.  Back seat passengers fare pretty well, though the Peugeot 2008 fares better.  In other words: 3 kids or two adults will be fine in the back of the new Puma.  You’ll find 410 litres of luggage space is available when the rear seats are in place, while 1170 litres is available when the rear seats are folded flat.

Interior styling is, perhaps, a little bland compared with some of its competition (Peugeot 2008 and Nissan Juke in particular), however it is very functional and comfortable, and the part leather seats are smart.

As a glorified hatchback, the Ford Puma is a nice little number; it’s a bit fresh to call it an SUV, though!

2020 Ford Puma

The 2020 Ford Puma models currently include the:

  • Puma
  • Puma ST-Line
  • Puma ST-Line V

For any more information on the new Ford Puma, or for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Ford dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!